In an effort to treat the whole person, we have several support services that we provide to residents to engage their bodies, minds, and spirits.
For many who live on the street, knowledge of where to find the next meal is a luxury. Many patients arrive at Christ House malnourished; all need good nutrition to recuperate. The three well-balanced meals and snacks provided at Christ House are a welcome improvement for our patients.
The food services staff and volunteers work together to ensure that Christ House patients receive the proper nutrition that is vital for their recovery. We prepare special meals and snacks for patients with diabetes, hypertension, failing kidneys, wired jaws or other dietary needs. Meals are served in our common dining room, where patients, staff and volunteers share food and fellowship.
A variety of activities are available to Christ House patients, such as art and poetry workshops, exercise sessions, games, movies, volunteer work assignments, as well as excursions to parks, museums, sporting and cultural events. Most activities are coordinated by our year-long volunteer Activity Coordinator. These activities give structure to patients’ days, promote self-discovery, build self-esteem, and foster a sense of community.
The pastoral staff offers emotional support to our homeless patients. Through daily one-on-one contacts and spiritual activities, we seek to ease the pain of hopelessness and isolation. Patients have the option to participate in Sunday services, scripture study, weekly prayer, and a recovery support group. In addition, the pastoral staff maintains relationships with patients who have left the program for hospitalization, hospice care, incarceration or nursing homes.