What is the Narrow Gate?
The Narrow Gate is our name for a process of empowerment designed to help those who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, recovering from addiction or who have been incarcerated. It combines several needed areas of support and training.
Each participant must profess Christ as their personal savior and agree to submit to discipleship and seek freedom from sinful behavior.
Each participant must agree to seek his or her G.E.D. or equivalent. In some situations they may be required to enroll in college or technical training to improve their earning potential.
Each participant must agree to financial counseling. If the participant moves into Narrow Gate Housing they must agree to make all financial decisions with the consent of their counselor.
Depending on the individual this may include interviewing, resume writing, computer skills, etc…
Included in this training will be courses in manners and communication skills. These may include public speaking, conflict resolution, and interaction assessment and training.
How does the Narrow Gate work?
Participants must first express an interest in the program. We do not place people based solely on referrals but only on the desire of the individual to complete all aspects of the program.
Participants will be interviewed to determine if the program is suited for their situation. After the initial interview a decision will be made on how to best help the participant.
If accepted, then a second interview will be scheduled to make a plan for how to proceed with helping you. There are many ways we can help you. Consider this phase a testing period for us to determine your resolve to change your situation.
Each participant will be required to attend weekly meetings for instruction in each of the five areas and to begin to make a Life Plan for their future. You are not paid for attending these meetings. Our missionaries will begin to assist you in resolving obstacles in your path. Once your Life Plan is completed you will be re-evaluated and many resources may be available to you.
We have limited housing and paid employment available for participants. You will need to attend weekly classes and finish your Life Plan before qualifying for these. We are here to help but we make no promises of housing or employment. We have limited resources and the Board of Directors will decide who gets placed in housing or employment based on many factors.
Your participation is voluntary. If at anytime you decide not to continue we will wish you well and allow you to leave.
If at any time you are late to appointments or fail to complete assignments on time we may terminate your participation without further warning.
Our goal is to see you living in the free and abundant life that God desires for you. If you are ready to change your circumstances and follow God then we welcome you to apply to participate in the Narrow Gate.
Jesus said - "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.
Dr. Terry M. Goodwin