Mens Ministry Programs


Men’s programs consist of three phases: Christian Life Discipleship Program (12 months), Apprenticeship Phase (6 months), and Transitional Living Phase (3 months). 

Christian Life Discipleship Program

Union Rescue Mission's one year, residential, Christian Life Discipleship Program is the first phase to help broken men build positive new lives. Today, as many as 217 men are working hard to build new lives through the Mission's year long Christian Life Discipleship Program. With a solid biblical foundation, we address the root causes of homelessness and offer lasting solutions.

Through the Men's Christian Life Discipleship Program , Rudy learned how to manage his anger, “I used to react without thinking of the outcome.”

Federico also “learned how to think different[ly]” in relationship to his cocaine addiction and “live in a different way and respect [his] family.”

Eduardo came to the mission with a “very bad problem with alcohol” but after taking the Addiction and Recovery classes, he entered into recovery.


One Life at a Time


We offer a holistic recovery program that focuses on the total needs of the individual. Each element in the program is like a brick in the structure of productive new lives.

  • Recovery/Bible Classes
  • Biblical 12-Steps
  • Work Therapy
  • Personal Counseling
  • Education
  • Vocational Training
  • Physical Fitness
  • Marriage and Family Enrichment
  • Financial Planning
  • Community Church Involvement

Learning a Better Way

Residents receive in-depth instruction in areas critical to building a solid foundation for lasting success.


  • Addiction Education
  • Christian Discipleship
  • Re-Igniting Learning & Thinking Skills
  • Grief & Loss
  • Anger Management
  • Biblical Disciplines
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Finances & Biblical Stewardship
  • Work Ethics
  • Leadership Development

Marks of Success

Here's what it takes to turn their lives around and to graduate from the program:

  • Prepared necessary documents for employment and housing
  • Worked towards resolution of any legal, health, dental, and mental health issues
  • Remained drug and alcohol free as verified by random drug testing
  • Made an honest effort in reconciliation with family

In addition, graduates must also complete

  • Work Therapy: 1,000 hours
  • Bible/Recovery Classes: 144 hours
  • Biblical 12-Step Program: 36 hours
  • Education and Vocational Training: 200 hours (at URM's Bank of America Learning Center)
  • Physical Fitness: 200 hours
  • Devotions in Servant Leadership and URM Family Devotions: 72 hours
  • Sunday Church Attendance: 36 weeks
  • Individual Counseling: 18 hours

After the successful completion of twelve months in the CLDP residential program, men celebrate their graduation and begin the transition to independent living. The final phase of recovery is often the hardest. As graduates reach their goals, extensive support is provided to ensure the transition to independence is achieved with success.

Apprenticeship Program - 6 months

This phase is a time for men to continue their sobriety in a supportive environment while establishing a solid employment history in one of the departments of the Mission. Apprentices may also attend school or receive vocational training.

Transitional Living Program - 3 months

During the Transitional Living Phase, men continue to reside at the Mission while they work to obtain permanent employment, save needed start up funds, seek affordable housing, and continue educational and vocational development.