Our Lord has sparked in us a vision to reach people with the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a greater way as we address the drug epidemic that plagues the lives of women and families in our community. To do this, He has set before us a challenge: To expand the SPA House to better accommodate the women we currently serve, to consolidate the ministry’s multiple properties to one campus, and to develop new programming such as recovery groups and counseling that can be extended to the broader community.
Therefore, in February 2017 SPA launched its building campaign, “Building Hope.” Through this project SPA Women’s Ministry Homes aims to raise $1,185,000 in order to build a 6,000 sq. ft. addition to its current 1,500 sq. ft. home located at 23221 Old US 20 East, while converting the current home into much-needed office space. This expansion is the solution to several ministry challenges:
Challenge 1: For 18 years a home built for a family of four has been used to provide Christ-centered, residential treatment for women struggling with life-controlling issues and addictions. Housing 12 participants, while also accommodating staff and volunteers, SPA’s limited space has become a barrier to adequately meeting the growing need for services.
Goal/Solution 1: Building a 6,000 sq. ft. addition will allow SPA to serve up to 20 women struggling with life-controlling issues and addictions comfortably. In addition to serving more women, the new building will be equipped with a study, group room, exercise room, and a children’s playroom, all of which helps SPA meet its programmatic needs.
Challenge 2: Services are scattered among three homes and a downtown office which creates communication, management, and programming challenges. Providing services such as recovery groups, case management, and counseling to residents at multiple sites requires additional staff, time and financial resources.
Goal/Solution 2: Providing services from one campus, versus four, will allow for more efficient oversight of ministry participants, staff, volunteers, programming, and property maintenance. In addition, this will allow SPA to steward its time and financial resources more effectively.
Challenge 3: The need for Christ-centered counseling and support by trained and qualified counselors extends beyond the women SPA serves through its residential treatment program. Men, women, and children are impacted by life-controlling issues and addictions, and yet services are limited and often too costly for many.
Goal/Solution 3: After the addition is completed, SPA will renovate and convert its current home into administrative and counseling offices. At this time, SPA will begin offering biblical counseling and Christ-centered recovery groups by Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC) to the broader community, providing the love and support people need to live productive lives of recovery.
Approximately 60 women struggling with life-controlling issues and addictions and their families will be served through this project each year. With a 67% graduation rate, SPA has seen the success of its Christ-centered, residential treatment program and seeks to continue providing services to women and families in Elkhart County who are struggling with life-controlling issues and addictions.