In many cases, the root cause of unhealthy lifestyles is the ache and pain of loneliness, isolation, and disconnection. The lonely and alone soon lose hope and, filled with despair, often seek solace in sex, drugs, and alcohol. Providence Network believes the answer is found in Christ-centered community. Their “life-on-life” model of a holistic program staffed by live-in mentors fosters change from the inside out.
Life-changing stories began to pour out of the program and the need remained larger than ever. By 1990, two more homes were opened, Providence House II and III. With the demonstrated success of program replication and expansion, Providence Network created specialized housing for survivors of domestic abuse, launching Joy House in 2000. Joy House serves 11 families of women and children recovering from intimate-partner violence and sometimes substance addiction.
Seeing the need of their FirstStep graduates for affordable, substance-free housing, Providence Network developed its “NextStep” housing model, extending the continuum of care that leads to long-term stability.