Frequently Asked Questions
What does it mean to "make a disciple?"
It means to teach others about the Jesus of the Holy Bible. We believe the Bible to be the Holy word of God. That means we believe God wrote the Bible using inspired men and all of it is true.
The Bible says that Jesus became sin for us and bore our sins in His body on the tree (the cross), healing our wounds (otherwise known as our sin) and giving Himself as a ransom for all men (1 Timothy 2:5-6), 1 Peter 2:24). The Bible says whoever believes this in his heart and professes Jesus as Lord through his mouth, is saved (Romans 10:9). God calls us to follow Him and teach others to do the same (Matthew 28:20).
We believe this, try to model it through our behavior and teach this through Bible study at HPM.
Who does HPM accommodate?
HPM accommodates homeless or near homeless men willing to let God transform their lives into the live He intended. We have an application and interview process to determine who is right for HPM.
What is the process for new residents?
When a new resident enters the ministry they are first given a room and a bed. Until they are working, we provide food as well. Then we provide what a resident needs. If it is cloths, they get them. If a job, we work with them to obtain employment. If they need medical assistance, we direct them wherever they need to go and help them get help. If they need government help, we try to assist them down the administrative paths. We'll also help them achieve additional education from recognized institution or achieve various other goals as we are able.
Do you charge rent?
No, Hoskins Park Ministries does not charge rent. We provide furnished houses for the residents. There is a nominal program fee. It should be noted, however, that often times a resident requires a period of grace before they can pay that amount.
If they are working, why do they need you?
First, we believe they need God in their lives, before they need us. But we try to be the Hands of Jesus to the residents of HPM so that we do not preach a message that we are not willing to support through our own actions. Many people struggle with addictions or other hurts, hang-ups, or habits that negatively impact their life. Perhaps we all have something like that in our lives. Like all of us, they need someone to believe in them during their healing or recovery period.
They also need a place to call home, with an actual street address. And in all cases there is a story that each man can tell that makes it understandable as to why they are where they are. Again, many reading this may be in the exact set of circumstances they face. We are in their corner. We stand in the gap for these men.
Shouldn't homeless people just get a job?
According to statistics about 30% or more of homeless people do have jobs. For them, it would be like any one of us having the job we have without having a home to come home to after work. Can you imagine how you would feel? In our ministry many of the residents are unemployed when they arrive. But we consider ourselves to have a working ministry and typically all of our residents are working.