Extended Services

Discipleship Program

All three shelters offer long-term, faith-based rehabilitation programs called Discipleship. These programs are designed to help people end their personal struggles with homelessness, first by establishing and nurturing a relationship with Jesus Christ, then by learning the skills necessary to re-enter society and live an independent life. This process includes graduating from the Mission’s Learning Center, obtaining a job and, in the final phase, living in a transitional living facility. Prior to graduation from the program, each disciple must be involved with a local church, have a savings account, hold a job and be living independently.
The Discipleship Program is self-paced, and usually takes between eighteen months and two years to complete.

Case Management

All those seeking to enter the Discipleship Program are interviewed by the Program Director and staff. Each person accepted into the program is assigned a chaplain who meets with them on a weekly basis to monitor progress and provide spiritual guidance. Before graduating, each disciple must be connected to a local church, and have $2000 in a savings account. Any client or disciple who has deep-seated mental or substance abuse problems receives professional help.

Job Opportunities

Transportation and Retail

After completing Discipleship and Work Training Programs, disciples have the opportunity to utilize their new skills through employment opportunities. Disciples showing an aptitude toward sales, organization and customer service are often employed through the Vintage Ten specialty boutique. Disciples often move on to jobs with other retailers having gained the knowledge, skills and confidence to make them successful employees.

In 2018, UGM’s long time supporter and partner, DART, offered UGM Dallas disciples the opportunity to work as mainline train cleaners through their contractor, HALCON. Those hired received a salaried position with the opportunity for benefits, raises and promotions. It is one more step in helping them to gain financial independence and self-confidence.

Food and Restaurants

UGM Dallas has created a unique partnership designed to help our disciples gain an employable skill set and then successfully work toward independence and self-sufficiency. TG Academy provides disciples with job readiness training, interview skills and job fair opportunities. The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association supports the program and endorses TG Academy by helping place candidates in positions that offer career advancement with higher wages.