LifeBuilders Program

Get Help – LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program

Many people experiencing homelessness suffer from some form of addiction. For this reason, City Rescue Mission focuses closely on its recovery programs like the LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program.

LifeBuilders is a faith-based (nondenominational Christian), residential transformation program and is the only one of its kind in the Jacksonville area. Participants in the program live a committed, substance-free lifestyle at the McDuff Avenue campus for approximately 18 months, abiding by the requirements which will ultimately enable them to rediscover how to care for themselves and their families and become productive, self-sufficient members of society.

The LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program consists of:
Bible study
Life skills development
Work readiness
Case management

While in the program, participants may be able to earn their GED or go on to higher education. Some qualifying graduates also receive a vehicle. Progress in the program brings increased responsibility and freedom, the reward of graduation, and a new life!

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“‘Grateful’ doesn’t begin to
explain how I feel.”

“If it hadn’t been for God putting those people, and City Rescue Mission as a whole, on the tracks of my life at the time they were there, then my life would’ve most certainly derailed.”

— Clyde // LifeBuilders Student

Goals of the LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program

The four main goals of the program are to see long-term change in the following areas:

Drug and alcohol abuse, poor financial decisions, unhealthy relationships and other destructive habits can cause anyone to think a “new life” is out of reach. Our goal is to see LifeBuilders Program participants transformed by overcoming destructive habits. Full immersion in the program allows participants to receive the help they need to experience victory over life-draining behaviors.

In the LifeBuilders Program, participants learn to build and maintain healthy community relationships. These relationships encourage accountability and foster continued productive participation in society.

Finally, the ultimate goal of the LifeBuilders Program is to see each participant graduate and provide for their own sustainable housing needs.

As participants advance through the program and pursue financial goals set alongside Mission staff, they eventually obtain sustainable, full-time employment or equivalent income.

Ready for a changed life?

Our program

The LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program is designed to rebuild lives that have been broken by substance abuse and other life-controlling issues. We support healing through a holistic, grace-oriented program that addresses the long-term emotional, spiritual, medical, social, educational and economic needs of our students.

We are committed to returning them to their families and communities as healed, hopeful and productive citizens with the emotional strength to sustain their own transformation for a lifetime.

Medical and dental clinics

Many of our students have neglected their medical and dental care. Care is provided through inter-agency collaborations and many volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists, chiropractors and students. This comprehensive health care is provided to them onsite because we know that this is essential not only for their recovery but also for their long-term success.

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LifeBuilders is available to anyone facing a life-controlling addiction.

Our students participate in a full-range of educational and addiction recovery services. Each person receives an individual assessment and a recommended specific program plan based on his or her needs.

LifeBuilders Success Stories

Just a few of the many life-changing stories with the City Rescue Mission’s LifeBuilders Addiction Recovery Program.

Sheila’s Story

“It took me losing everything”   An only child, Sheila was raised by a single mom who abused alcohol and suffered a string of broken marriages. “There were a lot of people in and out of my life, and a lot of things happened,” Sheila says, “bad things no child should be exposed to or endure.” As a result, she

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Kiearra Mack

Kie’Arra’s Story

“I had no sense of belonging.”   Alone. On her own. With no one to talk to – much less to guide her – Kie’Arra found herself homeless at age 15, after enduring a traumatic childhood. “When I was 6 or 7, my mom was into drugs pretty heavily,” she recalls. “And my dad just really stood there and watched.”

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Venus’ Story

“I am beautifully and wonderfully made.”   Born to a woman barely more than a child herself, Venus enjoyed a happy, if unconventional, upbringing. The young mother and daughter were “adopted” and cared for by an older couple whom Venus lovingly referred to as her foster grandparents. “It was wonderful growing up with them,” she says. But by the time

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Alumni Support

Graduates of City Rescue Mission’s residential addiction recovery services (such as LifeBuilders) are encouraged to participate in the Alumni Association. This critical group offers support and encouragement for healthy living and relapse prevention. Many alumni are also peer mentors for individuals new in recovery. Aftercare support is a vital part of recovery as it is oftentimes a determinant in someone’s success in the battle for sobriety and transformation.

Contact alumni support

The Alumni Association meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the McDuff Avenue Campus in the Hospitality Room.

For information on meetings and activities, please contact Reggie Bridges at (904) 421-5188 or via email at [email protected].

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