Earlier this month, we shared how the city of Gniezno, Poland made a surprising change. This city that had once banned Bread of Life from including Bible Studies for the homeless in their building has now realized that the Bible is the source of Bread of Life's success in helping the homeless.
The success of Bread of Life's transition home for men, the New Life Center was a pivotal factor in this change of heart.
So, how does the New Life Center succeed where many others have failed?
The New Life Center Uses Four Unique Phases of Restoration.
Phase 1: Arrive at the NLC and learn to live again.
The men work at the Center and take turns at different jobs at the center, such as chef, cleaner, gardener. They begin receiving individual and group therapy from the New Life Centers staff of dedicated and trained professionals.
New Life Center men chop wood for use during the winter.
A carrot from the New Life Center garden.
Phase 2: Hone a skill or trade and search for a job outside the center (while redefining your image in the community through serving others.)
Through the work at the New Life Center as well as NLC service projects, the men can identify a skill to pursue.
The men of the New Life Center have developed a stellar reputation in the community of being honest hard workers. They are often requested for community projects.
When the men show up and are seen by the community as helpful, honest, hard workers, it does wonders for their ability to put their pasts behind them.
They continue receiving individual and group therapy during phase 3.
Men from the New Life Center have a stellar reputation in the community as honest, hard workers.
Men from the New Life Center serve the community.
Phase 3: Work full-time outside of the center
The men hold down gainful employment while remaining residents of the center. They have the support of the NLC staff and other residents. They continue receiving individual and group therapy.
Slawek from the New Life Center working his dream job!
Phase 4: Move out of the New Life Center with support.
After moving out of the New Life Center, the men continue to receive help, support and counseling from the NLC staff as needed.
What New Life Center Residents Have to Say
"The greatest treasure for me I now have - forgiveness and new life. I was released from alcohol dependence! Then I got back my family. I got a small unit command and thus fulfilled a childhood dream of uniform, which had not been completed due to an accident and change the category of health. I got a "new" family in Christ! I got so much, because none of this is not my doing!" - Slawek (pictured above)
"I'm very happy here. Eight months ago I was drinking and I was losing everything, mainly because I was hungover. Today I am grateful that I found myself in this facility. Today I believe I can get out of alcoholism and I thank God that I'm in this place." - Adam
Lives are restored.
Families are reunited.
Communities are served.
Countless are helped.
And Jesus is reflected and glorified. Because of you.