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.