WHAT IS THE NEED?
During your time with Love Thy Neighborhood, serve those experiencing homelessness in Louisville through an internship with Re:Center Ministries or their social enterprise, Thrift & Thrive.
Founded in 1881, Re:Center Ministries (formerly known as Louisville Rescue Mission) reconciles homeless and hurting people to God, to family, and to the community by the power of Christ in partnership with the local church. The work of Re:Center is focused in two directions: ministering to people who are homeless, and equipping local churches and homeless programs to do classes and counseling for homeless and hurting people, including biblical discipleship, job readiness classes, and parenting classes. At their downtown Louisville campus, programs span a continuum of care—from prevention to relief to recovery—and provide holistic, high-impact answers to the problem of homelessness in our communities.
OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Female interns may help with Re:Center’s drop-In program which provides women and young children with a safe, clean, and welcoming space to be during the day. Guests receive intentional spiritual care and can use the restroom, take showers, do their laundry, access a mailbox, store their personal belongings, and occasionally share a meal.
Male interns may help with Re:Center’s LifeChange Program which is a three-phase, 18-month residential program serving up to 44 men at a time. All residents’ tangible needs, including a safe home and nutritious meals, are provided so that they may fully engage in Christian counseling, life skills classes, health and wellness education, and job training through Re:Center’s store, Thrift ‘n’ Thrive.
Interns may also serve at Thrift & Thrive, Re:Center’s social enterprise. Thrift ‘n’ Thrive both supports the ministry financially, and also serves as the work therapy and job training site for men in the LifeChange program. Work Therapy is a vital component of the LifeChange Program, which helps participants overcome homelessness, trauma, joblessness, or addiction.
Thrift ‘n’ Thrive takes physical donations from the community, and then the staff, volunteers, and LifeChange residents help to sort, prepare, and price items to be ready for the storefront. The storefront of Thrift ‘n’ Thrive offers new and gently used clothing, accessories, furniture, housewares, electronics, and more. Thrift ‘n’ Thrive includes LifeChange Program residents, community volunteers, and paid staff to run every aspect of the enterprise. 100% of Thrift ‘n’ Thrive profits go directly to support Re:Center programs.
SLOTS AVAILABLE: 6 slots