Transitional Living & Restoration Program (TLRP)
What is God’s Blueprints Transitional Living & Restoration Program?
God’s Blueprints TLRP is a residential Christian faith-based program in which clients will live on campus for a period of up to 12 months. During their stay at the TLRP campus, each client will partner with God’s Blueprints supervisory staff to develop a length-of-stay and individual program criteria. The program criteria will be dependent upon the individuals’ goals and needs. For those who are referred to us through the judicial system, their program criteria will include whatever criteria is assigned to them by the judicial system. All program criteria will include parenting classes, financial responsibility/budgeting classes, community resource education, one-on-one mental health/life coaching sessions to provide frequent accountability and re-evaluation as to how they are progressing in their individual program. Individuals may also require additional program needs such as substance abuse recovery classes, mental health therapy, anger management, or other similar unique needs.
God’s Blueprints TLRP has a twofold goal: To help those people in need to be restored to their creator and to be restored to society as contributing, beneficial members. God’s Blueprints TLRP campus will also include limited bed space for local *community transient homeless and temporary safe bed space for people fleeing domestic violence, but unable to immediately enter into a domestic violence shelter due to unavailable bed space in their facility.
*community transient homeless are defined for God’s Blueprints TLRP as those individuals who are passing through our community to another community outside of our county service area and in need of up to 2 nights of stay. This bed space is subject to availability.
Homeless and transitional candidates defined
Tennessee uses the Department of Housing and Urban Development's definition of homelessness which has four broad categories:
People who are living in a place not meant for human habitation, in emergency shelter, in transitional housing, or are exiting an institution where they temporarily resided. The only significant change from existing practice is that people will be considered homeless if they are exiting an institution where they resided for up to 90 days (it was previously 30 days) and were in shelter or a place not meant for human habitation immediately prior to entering that institution.
People who are losing their primary nighttime residence, which may include a motel or hotel or a doubled-up situation, within 14 days and lack resources or support networks to remain in housing. HUD had previously allowed people who were being displaced within 7 days to be considered homeless. The proposed regulation also describes specific documentation requirements for this category.
Families with children or unaccompanied youth who are unstably housed and likely to continue in that state. This is a new category of homelessness, and it applies to families with children or unaccompanied youth who have not had a lease or ownership interest in a housing unit in the last 60 or more days, have had two or more moves in the last 60 days, and who are likely to continue to be unstably housed because of disability or multiple barriers to employment.
People who are fleeing or attempting to flee domestic violence, have no other residence, and lack the resources or support networks to obtain other permanent housing. This category is similar to the current practice regarding people who are fleeing domestic violence.
In addition to homeless, God’s Blueprints Transitional Living & Restoration Program (TLRP) will be opened to facilitate the transitional needs of those being released from jail or judicial court assignment and volunteers who are seeking transitional services for restoration and recovery.
What are the immediate needs for God’s Blueprints Transitional Living & Restoration Program?
A facility and property for a campus, located within Hawkins County, and near to Rogersville city, but outside of the city limits. Although a large commercial structure such as a retired school sounds appealing on the surface, renovation and maintenance costs would be very costly. Additionally, this type of facility presents an institutional appearance, thus nurturing an institutional mentality. This becomes an obstacle to building a new sense of belonging, trust, and self-worth – basically a whole new sense of self. Another option that we find more financially manageable is a house with two relatively small annex bunk houses. Offices, community transient homeless beds, and at least one secure domestic violence bedroom would be located in the house proper. This type of facility will provide a men’s and women’s bunk house, program therapeutic needs, and separation from the local town population while these people rebuild their life, while at the same time, staying close enough to utilize the needs of local government offices, mental health, and sobriety group attendance.
What is God’s Blueprints asking for?
We are asking for your help in the realization of this much needed facility in our area. Perhaps funding, or a property to establish this program on. For more information on this goal, or for any other concerns, questions, or referrals to God’s Blueprints, please contact us at our office number (423)327 – 3601. All email contact may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail any correspondence to God’s Blueprints, P.O. Box 653, Rogersville, TN. 37857.