It is Compassion United’s goal to provide an innovative, comprehensive, “whole-person” transformation complex that provides much needed resources in Conroe that benefit both the homeless community and the city at large. Miracle City will be a master planned community to both support people transitioning out of homelessness and to provide long-term supportive housing options for those requiring financial, emotional, and community support for an extended duration. Additionally, Miracle City will offer “empowerment initiatives” such as vocational training and jobs in our marketplace that will provide skills, income, and self- confidents to those in our program.
Compassion United will consolidate services currently offered into one location and expand to support those in need of permanent supportive low income housing.
Compassion United’s transitional housing facilities will be located inside of Miracle City. For those transitioning out of homelessness, all of the current support provided by Fresh Start and Fresh Start University will still be in place, including mentors, classes, and educational support. We will also extend these services to non-residential homeless as “day clients” of the Fresh Start Program.
Additionally, Compassion United will expand to include more advanced job training opportunities, such as a culinary program, automotive repair training program, a welding program, and a carpentry program. Through each of these programs residents will have the opportunity to learn a skill in a grace-based training environment while producing products for the Miracle City community, as a way of giving back, and for the community at large (Conroe), to be sold to provide income for the resident and revenue for the program. Products will include trailers and BBQ pits from the welding program, tiny homes from the carpentry program, and food to be sold in a food truck court from the culinary program.
As part of the long-term supportive housing component of Miracle City, residents will be able to access Fresh Start programing including classes on identity, relationship building, and life skills. They will also be able to access training and micro enterprise opportunities as a way to earn wages to pay rent and expenses needed for daily living. Providing grace-based managed job opportunities such as working in the community garden, community maintenance, and
working in businesses built by the community will allow the residents to contribute to their community and experience success while taking ownership and pride in the place they call home.
This project will serve to impact not only the homeless community, but the city as a whole on several levels.
- Offer a greater availability of services, while changing the “traffic patterns” of the homeless- One of the consistent challenges faced in the ten years of operation in downtown Conroe has been to offer the services needed while working to minimize the negative impact that the homeless have had on the other businesses in that area. As a result, the hours of operation had to be reduced to just 3 hours per day. By relocating outside of downtown, Compassion United will be able to keep longer hours and offer more services such as laundry, showers and transportation. In addition to these services, we will also be able to offer case management, teach life skills, and offer assistance with job searches. Our belief is that this will ultimately change the traffic patterns of the homeless and avoid misunderstandings and altercations with area business owners and the patrons of those businesses.
- Create healthy and positive interaction with the homeless – One of the goals of Miracle City is to change the perception that many have of the homeless. By operating commercial endeavors such as, a community market, an outdoor theater and a food truck court, we will invite the community to come to the campus, have a positive experience, while empowering the homeless population.
- Help More people – When all phases of the project have been completed, Miracle City will provide transitional and long-term supportive housing for 92 people. This is nearly five times as many people as we are able to house, currently.
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