COMING SOON

15-Bed Transformation Center

WORDS OF JESUS

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. ~ Matthew 7:24–27 (NIV)

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A NOTE FROM THE CEO

Dear Friend,

 

I am writing this letter to you with great news. The Keystone Mission, for 15 years, has been pursuing to build a homeless shelter in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Through strong discipline and faith in Christ, Keystone Mission is proud to announce that we will be building a shelter. I believe you must be one of the first to know.

 

The board has approved funds to renovate our Wilkes-Barre location to convert and equip the building into a 15-bed male Transformation Center. This center will take in 15 men who face homelessness and work to transform their lives—to become substantial members of society. We are also opening a Day Center at our Olive St., location in Scranton—allowing transformation to happen in the community.

 

How will the transformation happen in both locations? The Keystone Mission transformation program is based on five pillars. The first pillar is the Genesis Program. The program is a faith-based, evidence-based program intentional about initiating lasting heart (brain) changes, thus bringing healing to what drives destructive behavior rather than just coping with it.  Our staff is trained and certified with this program. The second pillar is Spiritual Training. Each individual will attend Real Hope Church, which uses our Wilkes-Barre facility on Sundays. Our goal is for the guests to be shepherded by churches, to find their own home church in our community, and start building relationships that will last forever. The third pillar is Job Readiness. This program will allow the residents to earn their GED, crafts, and trades from local experts and work therapy. Our goal is to build the guests and send them out into a profession that will sustain them long-term. The fourth pillar is Life Skill Training. The program will help the residents learn those things you and I take for granted. One example is budgeting, where we will teach them how to budget, take care of themselves, and more. The last pillar is Self-Care. Each resident is an image-bearer of God. Therefore, Keystone Mission will be partnering with community agencies to get the residents connected with health, mental health, and drug/alcohol professionals. Our goal is to see them free from their addiction and receive the proper care on their transformation journey. 

 

The Life Transformation classes is not a cookie-cutter program but a client-driven program to help the residents move forward in their lives. We expect each guest that enters our program will spend 7–8 months with us to learn all the skills to better themselves. Keystone Mission’s goal is to partner with the community to solve homelessness, focusing on building relationships. Again, thank you for everything you have done for the Keystone Mission and continue to do. 

 

Thank you & God bless,

Justin V. Behrens, LSW

CEO & Executive Director

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THE STRUCTURED PROGRAM

FIVE PILLARS OF TRANSFORMATION

genesis process

The purpose of this pillar is all about changing the way the residents think. The Genesis Process is an evidence-based program that has shown an eighty-two (82) percent success rate across the nation. The Genesis Process helps identify how faith can be implemented to control the limbic system (fight or flight).

job readiness

The purpose of this pillar is to prepare the residents in a trade or craft and find their calling. This will be done through partnerships we have with contractors across Northeastern PA that are willing to donate their time and resources to teach. The residents then will work with the businesses, learning on the job, and soon gain a skill that will last them the rest of their lives.

spiritual training

The purpose of this pillar is to introduce our residents to Jesus and invite them into a relationship with Him, and to integrate each resident into fellowship with a local home church. The Spiritual Training pillar is central to the transformation process. Understanding that our value is rooted in the love of our Creator can provide the motivation and encouragement needed to succeed in the program.

Life Skill Training

The purpose of this pillar is to build a foundation in understanding the basic skills needed to survive in the world. They gain understanding of basic knowledge of taking care of yourself, communication and socialization.

self-care

The purpose of this pillar is to connect our guests with medical and obtain their identification. Keystone Mission will be partnering with community agencies to get the residents connected with health, mental health, and drug/alcohol professionals. This even includes obtaining government IDs (SSA, birth certificate, and driver’s license). Our goal is to see them free from their addiction and receive the proper care on their transformation journey.

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