While religious belief and practice are never conditions for receiving help and assistance, and everyone is welcome regardless of faith background, The Scott Mission is committed to the spiritual well-being of all people through the life and witness of Jesus Christ. We would like everyone to have a personal relationship with Jesus, and to express this relationship in a life of integrity and in acts of kindness toward others. Learn about our programs
- Many problems among the homeless stem from painful childhood experiences of neglect, abuse, or breaches of trust. Mistreating a child can leave permanent scars that may never fade as he or she enters adulthood.
- Poverty is often handed down through generations. Patterns of poverty are stubborn and it takes immense effort for those who have learned the “habits of poverty” to break these vicious cycles.
- Alcohol and drug abuse by parents can also lead to genetic syndromes such as fetal alcohol syndrome, in which a person can become vulnerable and susceptible to the influence of addictive substances.
- Disadvantaged children and youth consequently find it hard to concentrate in school. Many are malnourished and in poor physical condition. A lack of success in school brings social pressure and humiliation.
- Many homeless people suffer from frustrating learning disabilities. When success at school proves elusive, it is tempting to leave school and enter the working world before one has had a chance to prepare oneself adequately. This growing reduction in opportunity and choices produces a lack of hope, a feeling that one might as well just give up.
- Escaping reality through alcohol and drugs can become very tempting for an individual on the streets. Those who become addicts run into trouble when they have no money. A criminal record only adds to their hopelessness.
A lack of education, a tragic upbringing, an inconsistent work history, criminal records, serious physical, mental and emotional conditions… Any one of these would be enough to defeat even the strongest of us. That is why we, at the Mission, feel an obligation to reach out to those living on our streets. We want to restore hope in their lives so they can find peace and joy in this world.