What We Do
Self-Sufficiency Transitional Empowerment Program(STEP)
In one simple sentence, Doors of Hope Transition Ministry helps families through financial crises.
Working families may find themselves on the verge of homelessness for any number of reasons. It is not for us to judge, but to provide support while they are re-establishing self- sufficiency. Since we have only three furnished apartments, we give families with children priority when we have an opening.
Families can stay in one of the rent-free apartments for four to six months. The rules are strict. Families are required to set goals that include a plan to pay off debts, to work, to track all money earned and spent, to plan and prepare nutritional and economical meals, and to be good housekeepers and neighbors. Our case manager meets with each family several times a week to assist them with achieving these goals.
We also require 30% of their income to be placed in an escrow account so when they move to permanent housing, they will have funds for utility deposits and other moving expenses. We assist in job location, GED tutoring if needed, and money management techniques.
Doors of Hope Transition Ministries
Think about how good it feels when someone holds a door open for you when you are struggling with your arms full of groceries. Imagine how encouraging it would feel if you were struggling to keep your family afloat and avoid a homeless situation and to know that there was hope – someone willing to hold a door open for you while you got back on your feet? Click here to read more
Meet Doors of Hope’s New Case Manager Carrie Driskell
Oxford’s Doors of Hope Transitional Ministries is dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk families in Oxford and Lafayette County become self-sufficient. Since its founding in 2011, sixteen families have successfully completed the program and three others are currently enrolled. Thanks to the generous support of our community, DOHTM was able to bring Carrie Driskell on board in March as a full-time case manager. We sat down with Carrie to find out a little more about her. Click here to read more
Our newest program offers current clients and previous clients an opportunity to come together for moral support, general support from DOHTM, and continuing education. Click here to read more