The mission of Ladder Homes is to provide affordable housing and supportive services for adults with mental illness. The Goals of the Ladder Homes program are:
To provide housing that is:
To provide individualized services for residents that support:
• Life and social skills
• Psychiatric stability
• Coordination with health care professionals on an overall treatment plan
• Integration into the community
To raise awareness and understanding of mental illness.
OUR STATEMENT OF FAITH
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me… I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:35-40 NIV)
It was upon those words of Jesus Christ that Ladder Homes was founded. We believe Ladder homes are God’s homes. God gave us the vision and operated in the hearts of His people to provide the support necessary to build and operate our homes. Throughout the years, it has been through God’s guidance that we have grown and continue to be the hands and heart of Jesus for our residents.
• Ladder does not screen potential residents in terms of their faith.
• Ladder does not force or mandate participation in any faith-based activities.
• Ladder does offer Bible studies for our residents led by staff.
• Ladder staff members encourage residents in their spiritual journey, recognizing the importance of this aspect of their lives in managing their mental illness.
• Ladder staff and board rely on their faith in God in making decisions regarding residents and the program as a whole.
• Ladder staff rely on their faith in interacting with residents, praying for the wisdom and compassion needed to empower these children of God to live in this world as productive citizens.
People with mental illness suffer not only from a devastating illness, but from the stigma still prevalent in our society arising from ignorance and prejudice. These persons are, indeed, “strangers in our midst” – strangers that society is afraid of and, therefore, ignores. And that fear results in a prejudice which, like all prejudices, is unjustified and unacceptable in all of God’s people. The result is that these children of God are isolated and often not welcomed by the community. These modern day strangers are among those to whom God’s people are called. Hebrews 13:2 (NRSV) states: “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.” God also speaks about these strangers in Psalm 146:7-9, “The Lord sets the prisoners free; the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow.”
Ladder residents are among those whom God commands us to love: the oppressed, the hungry, the sick, the homeless, those in prison, and the strangers among us. We provide our residents affordable, appropriate housing and supportive services that meet their needs. We give voice to their concerns and advocate for them when necessary. We empower them to become productive members of society. And we love them, recognize their worth as children of God, and, with God’s help, walk with them on their journey to become all that God has created them to be.
“Ladder is a step-up to quality living.
I feel that through Ladder God has helped me
to accept my weaknesses and
understand my strengths.”