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The City Hope Mentoring Program lasts for about one year. Clients spend the first 6 months going through a recovery curriculum and are then paired for approximately 6-8 months with two volunteers who offer friendship and support, helping to build the resources shown to aid in sustained recovery: community connection and hope. Both clients and volunteers are trained in the four stages of the program — preparing, negotiating, empowering and closure/transition. At its core the program provides a healthy relationship that connects client participants with the collective resources of a community that cares about them.

"My Mentors provided vital friendship and encouragement at an important juncture in my recovery," says Terry.

Alex Lim, an elder and mentor, describes how these relationships renew the lives of the mentors,

"They are beginning to see what healing and renewal truly mean and start rethinking their priorities. In my own experience as a coach, I was taken aback by how little of God I was allowing myself to see. When I recognized God's amazing light in the midst of darkness, it completely changed my perspective."

The mentor stage of the program lasts approximately 8 months. Mentors commit to connecting regularly with their mentees and to attending four trainings and four social events.

For more information email Melisa Blankenship