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LSEP2018-10-12T20:24:12+00:00

Project Description

Becoming Your Best Self…

The Life Skills Empowerment Programs (LSEP) provide life-skills training, mentoring, trauma-informed group support, and supportive services to homeless individuals, homeless veterans, and returning citizens.

The LSEP Model helps people who have experienced the trauma associated with these life circumstances address past struggles, gain essential life-skills, create a support system, and set and achieve goals for themselves. Participants are motivated to make positive changes, develop resiliency, and successfully handle barriers and setbacks.

Xavier Mission’s Life-Skills Training & Empowerment Program (L-STEP), based on the LSEP model, has been in operation for 23 years. Our history of running a successful program positioned us as a mentor to other organizations to replicate the LSEP model. In 2013 we hired a Program Director to operate Xavier Mission’s L-STEP and to begin a new program for returning citizens at The Riverside Church, called Coming Home. Coming Home successfully spun off independently in 2017, and continues to operate today. Three years ago, we partnered with Rauschenbusch Metro Ministries (RMM) on a program for homeless veterans, Homecoming. We continue to partner to expand this model, and are available for consultations with other organizations looking to replicate our L-STEP program.

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Guests

Days of Operation:
Fall Semester (September – December)
Spring Semester (March – May)
L-STEP: Monday and Wednesday
Homecoming: Monday and Thursday

Hours of Operation:
L-STEP: 5:00pm—8:00pm
Homecoming: 5:30pm—8:00pm

Location:
L-STEP: Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.
Homecoming: RMM, 406 West 40th St., between 9th & 10th Aves.

Notes:
All applicants are interviewed by the Director of LSEP prior to beginning a semester. See FAQs for more information.

Volunteer

Volunteers

Volunteer Opportunities:
Mentors: 7 nights during the semester, in addition to Graduation
Workshop Presenters: 1-2 nights during a semester

Location:
L-STEP: Xavier Mission, 55 West 15th St., between 5th & 6th Aves.
Homecoming: RMM, 406 West 40th St., between 9th & 10th Aves.

Mentors are interviewed and attend a training prior to the semester beginning.
Workshop Presenters submit materials for their workshop prior to the semester beginning.

See FAQs for more information.

Donate

Donors

Participants receive a stipend and MetroCard for every session they attend, and our Chef prepares a home-cooked meal for the group each evening. Providing a full or partial sponsorship ensures that each participant has the opportunity for a life-changing experience!

How much is a sponsorship for one participant?2018-10-12T14:48:23+00:00

The cost for one participant is $700. This covers stipends, MetroCards, food, supplies, and administrative expenses. Please visit our Donation page for information about making a gift.

I cannot cover the cost of an entire sponsorship. Can I donate a partial sponsorship?2018-10-12T14:48:53+00:00

Absolutely! Any amount helps to offset the expenses of the program. Please visit our Donation page for information about making a gift.

Can I donate food to or cook dinner for one of the LSEP programs?2018-10-12T14:43:26+00:00

Please contact the Director of LSEP, Rachel Johnson, at rjohnson@xaviermission.org to discuss meal donations.