Education and Training

The Mission provides a personalized approach to education and job training. Instructors and volunteers guide each student into life-sustaining professions.

Our students come from every background, from people in their later years who have never worked a job to professionals who fell into an unproductive lifestyle. From students who never completed high school to men or women with higher degrees, all full-time students at the Mission participate in our Adult Education and Training program

The program consists of LifeNet, the education program, and Career Services. This opportunity takes students from where they are to where they want to go, building on their education and life experience to guide them into a self-sustaining future.

Individualized program

All students in the Mission’s 3 full-time programs (Christ Recovery Center, Discipleship, and the Naomi Family Program) attend the Education and Training program. The Mission provides individualized learning plans for each student in the LifeNet Education Program based on assessments:

  • Initial testing to determine learning and mental health status once the student enters a full-time program.
  • Education assessments to determine levels in math, reading, and other subjects once enrolled in the adult education and training program after initial requirements are met.
  • Additional testing if a learning disability is suspected. Results are reviewed by the Clinical Director, who provides a diagnosis and helps the Director of Education to create an appropriate remediation plan.

3-Phase approach

LifeNet, the education program, consists of 3 phases:

Ready Stabilization Phase: Students participate in Bible study, academic studies including GED if they need it, digital literacy, and writing. They begin to understand their unique giftings and how to be their personal best while growing in communication and other soft skills. They also take note of their positive relationships and begin fostering a healthy,  productive lifestyle as they begin thinking about their life plans.

Set Recovery Phase: In the second phase, students continue working on their academic and soft skills while exploring career options. They begin to gather information they need for a job application and work on building career-related attitudes and skills.

Go Transition Phase: In this phase, students become more intentional about preparing for the job search by participating in mock interviews, identifying a job search strategy, and preparing a skills-based resume.

In the first two phases, students also have the opportunity to choose electives to help expose them to new skills and interests.

Career Services

Throughout our adult education program, students prepare for work outside the Mission through curricula and workshops that help them take their experiences and skills to the next opportunity. More than that, students are led to dream about their God-given passions and helped to realize those dreams.

Once students obtain jobs, the care doesn’t end there.

Students are coached with help from our Career Services staff so they can succeed in their roles. Each student is  encouraged to continue growing their careers through more suitable opportunities, furthering their educations, or finding volunteer roles that meet their passions and skills.


Give toward education and more

Your gifts provide education and job training, meals and shelter, and so much more. With your help, someone can earn a general education diploma or refresh their educations, gain workplace skills, find jobs, secure housing, and become self-sufficient.

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  • "Through the Mission’s programs, I was able to learn things and get some confidence so I can go out and start over – fresh and new."

    — Stan
  • "Oh man, everyone here is so thoroughly committed to my success, that I can’t possibly fail! Thanks, Union Gospel Mission."

    — Bob
  • "I’m in a work program now and I’m going back to school and I never thought that would happen. I found a new life of grace and hope and sacrifice."

    — Jess