The mission of the Curtis Center is to give participants time, education, a sense of community, and the tools to change their lives in positive ways.
A Place to Call Home
The Curtis Center offers supportive, transitional housing for 60 men who need help getting back on their feet and are looking to improve their lives.
The Curtis Center is a secure building with private, comfortable sleeping rooms. Each room has a refrigerator, a microwave and a sink and is wired for basic cable TV services. Other amenities include laundry facilities, three congregate meals, a community lounge, a library for reading or studying, two outdoor courtyards, and 24-hour staff. Reduced-rate memberships are available to a local recreational facility.
“I moved into the Curtis Center and have been blessed. They have a lot of programs here to help… In the process, I’ve gotten my family back. Without this place, I don’t know where I’d be… I’d be in prison. I will never forget the Curtis Center.” – Richard, Curtis Center Resident, 2014-2015
The Curtis Center is a structured program that focuses on four areas; each area includes classes, counseling and services designed to promote emotional health and economic self-sufficiency. Our desire is to develop a mutually trusting relationship to help residents identify and achieve program goals.
Weekly casework and quarterly progress reviews are evaluated based on these four areas:
- Recovery from Substance Abuse or Dependence: We take a proactive approach toward recovery by eliminating the recurrence of substance abuse and addiction. Residents work with our on-site drug & alcohol counselor, as well as caseworkers, to encourage personal accountability and to promote a sober environment for all residents and guests.
- Vocations/Education: Through our on-site work program, Curtis Center residents are eligible for part-time, temporary employment at People’s City Mission. This enables them to create a work history. Because creating job stability is an important part of the program, residents who are unemployed or need additional income are also encouraged to attend a job seeking class.
- Personal Growth and Development: Educational classes at the Curtis Center will address meeting practical needs and encourage personal growth. Community service is also part of the program requirements in order to promote responsibility, citizenship, and service in the local community.
- Permanent Housing: Caseworkers work actively with each resident to prepare them for success while completing the program and transitioning to permanent housing.
Additional Services Available:
- PCM’s Homeless Prevention Center (HPC): From the moment a resident enters the program to when he leaves, he is given complete access to our HPC, which provides everything from clothes and personal care items to furniture and home goods at no cost. Upon completion of the program, residents are also given 100 pounds of food and everything needed to start a household.
- PCM’S Free Medical Clinic: Any resident who does not have medical benefits is given full access to our Free Medical Clinic. The clinic is located on the same campus as the Curtis Center and is staffed by established doctors, nurses, specialists and medical students from the area.