MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford Gospel Mission is expanding its programming to better help its residents get back on their feet.
Olivia Bailey said she came to the mission in July.
“I came here to the mission with no hope that I would be able to keep my child because I don’t have a home," Bailey said.
She was able to keep her daughter, 3-month-old Madison, and is now watching her grow up, as Olivia herself grows alongside her.
The new program, starting in 2019, focuses on five pillars of transformation and growth: spiritual, physical, emotional, social, and educational.
The goal is for the residents to have skills that transfer to life and the workforce after they find a home of their own. Bailey helps serve breakfast at the mission.
With Christmas just around the corner, the mission is hoping to help its residents make new, positive holiday memories. Sometimes, people in the program don't have many of those.
"Next year they won't have to say, 'Well, I had to be in a mission last year at Christmas,'" Jason Bull, executive director of the mission said. "It's 'I was able to experience Christmas around a bunch of people that care for me and love me."
Bull says they need volunteers to help with the new program. You can sign up, and learn more about the program, by visiting the Medford Gospel Mission's website.
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