Jesus Was Homeless FAQ

1. What is Jesus Was Homeless?

Jesus Was Homeless is a community organization dedicated to serving those who are hungry, hopeless and hurting by providing opportunities to grow spiritually, relationally and physically. Jesus Was Homeless provides meals, employment training and access to health care to those that live in weekly and extended-stay motels.

2. How long have you been established?

Jesus Was Homeless started with a Thanksgiving dinner in 2008 and was officially incorporated as a 501(c)3 in April, 2009.

3. What areas does Jesus Was Homeless serve?

Currently, Jesus Was Homeless serves the local Branson/Hollister community. The vision is that Jesus Was Homeless can become a resource for other community organizations. Jesus Was Homeless hopes to become a training center where others can learn and implement a similar model in their respective communities.

4. What programs and services does Jesus Was Homeless provide?

Jesus Was Homeless currently has four key programs designed to bring relational, physical and/or spiritual healing and restoration to those they serve. These key programs include: Jobs for Life, Meet the Doc, Thursday night meal delivery, Gateway Branson Church.

5. How many people are served by Jesus Was Homeless?

Currently, Jesus Was Homeless delivers more than 1,300 meals each week to 27 motels. Due to the transition rate of Branson, Jesus Was Homeless believes the approximate number of lives touched is 2,500 annually.

6. How many volunteers serve at Jesus Was Homeless?

Approximately 120-140 volunteers serve through our programs weekly.

Jobs for Life FAQ

1. What is the Jobs for Life (JfL) program?

The JfL program exists to connect the unemployed and underserved population of our community with the necessary tools to uncover and address the roadblocks which are keeping them from obtaining meaningful employment.

2. How long is the program?

The Jobs for Life program is a nine-week course that meets every Wednesday and Friday from 6 – 8 p.m., which totals 18 sessions. New classes begin every 10 weeks.

3. Who can attend classes?

All members of the community are encouraged to participate in Jobs for Life.

4. What are volunteer opportunities with JfL?

Business professionals should consider being a student mentor, participating in a business panel and/or helping with mock interviews.

5. What are the benefits to attending?

Students that attend JfL have the opportunity of a guaranteed interview with a participating business sponsor. They are not guaranteed a job, but instead, with their participation and completion of the program – they will be given priority for interview opportunities.

Meet the Doc FAQ

1. What is Meet the Doc?

Meet the Doc is a collaborative network of area service providers and other local non-profit organizations brought together for a one-day, one stop shop to assist in providing information and opportunities for service to those individuals in the Branson community who lack the funds, transportation and/or education to seek health care for themselves and their families.

2. How often do these occur?

The Meet the Doc events happen twice a year, in the spring and summer.

3. What is the cost of the event?

Meet the Doc is open to the public for $5. The price includes services such as smoking cessation, Jobs for Life training, educational financial assistance and enrollment instructions, dental screenings and tooth extractions, optometry screenings and other needed services.

4. What are the benefits to this program?

The benefits of Meet the Doc are significant to the attendee. They are given a discounted price for the initial health screenings and the first appointment is covered by Jesus Was Homeless. Jesus Was Homeless also provides transportation to and from the event and the follow-up appointment.

Donations/Volunteer FAQ

1. Are contributions tax-deductible?

Yes. Contributions to Jesus Was Homeless, a tax-exempt organization under section 501 (c)3 of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, are deductible for computing income and estate taxes.

2. How much of every dollar goes to ministry at Jesus Was Homeless?

Approximately $.94 of every $1.00 given to Jesus Was Homeless goes to ministry. The remaining $.06 goes to operations, staff salaries and misc. resources.

3. How are donations handled?

Thanks to the faithfulness and generosity of others, Jesus Was Homeless is helping provide many valuable services to those at the poverty-level in Branson. The generosity of others has made all the difference as 90% of expenses are used for ministry and program purposes. Jesus Was Homeless is governed by a board of directors that advise staff on all organizational assets, making certain that donation designations are honored and the work of the organization remains consistent with the stated mission and values.

4. How can someone get involved with Jesus Was Homeless?

The community can get involved with Jesus Was Homeless through volunteering and donating. For more information about Jesus Was Homeless, or to donate/volunteer, call 417-335-9915 or visit www.jesuswashomeless.org.