Q: How is Victory Home different from Valley House and Jubilee House?
A: Victory Home is a 24-hour, 7-day a week shelter program for addicts, gang members, homeless people and anyone who is lost and hurting.
“We will accept people out of prison and off the streets,” said Pastor Tony Lopez, executive director of Victory Home. They offer a shelter home and 90-day rehabilitation.
“Right next door to us is a certified addiction program. This is really unique for us,” he said. “Many drug rehabilitation centers don’t offer it but we have a program where women can go through with their child and receive the help that they need. Our place is also coed.”
“We charge nothing for our services,” Lopez said. “We help them budget and we have money management classes, and parenting classes. There is so much more. We also offer an education department and job search training, building job resumes and GED online courses. We have a work program. After you have been in the program for 30 days, we teach job skills where they are answering phones, filing paperwork, going out and learning carpentry, roofing, construction, mechanical and communication skills in the workforce.”
The funds come from donations and from the work of the men and women in the home by fund raising.
“The Jubilee House is a 12-month Christian residential recovery home for women whose lives have been torn apart by addictions,” said Barbie Danson, community and donor engagement for Jubilee House. “It consists of women who have chosen to walk through their recovery with Jesus Christ. Our mission is to help women by offering them the tools they will need to live a full life of recovery.”
Jubilee House provides clients with room and board, transportation to meetings, courts, the doctor, church, shopping and their jobs. The women are supervised by staff and volunteers.
“Our desire is to not only assist these women in getting sober but to help them set up a life of recovery,” Danson said. “A lot of healing has to happen and then we can work with them to deal with the devastation their addiction has caused to them and others. We work with each woman individually on rebuilding and continuing their life through family, education, employment, accountability and community support.”
The Jubilee House doesn’t use government funding and relies solely on grants and donations.
“We also now have the Beyond Recovery Life Center with our goal of getting more education for the public that is affordable,” she said.
They hope to provide classes in other areas like parenting, financial, healthy living, cooking, GED preparation and job searching but will need more funding and volunteers to do so.
“Victory Home and Jubilee House are recovery centers,” said Sharon Breshears, executive director for Valley House. “Valley House is a homeless shelter. People that come here can’t do drugs and alcohol. We assist them in finding permanent housing and employment, and gaining their life and self-sufficiency back. All the money that they earn once they start their job go toward their future. They don’t pay rent here. Other places, they do. Valley House is funded through the generosity of community donations. We are not government funded. Valley House is a good program. We help families with children. We are really the only homeless shelter of our kind, and there really is no other place like us.”
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