The JumpStart induction period is the one month preliminary track of the program, which allows candidates to get acquainted with the program and to decide if they want to make a 1 year commitment to FreshStart. In addition to the program rules, a Jumpstart student is required to attend nightly chapel services, Jumpstart classes, group sessions and vocational training assignments (Cohort).
The Fresh Start Life Recovery Program is a one year healing process that must involve every aspect of a person. The Los Angeles Mission is designed to facilitate holistic restoration of men whose lives have been devastated by the disintegrative aspects of homelessness and substance abuse. It serves the total person: spirit, soul and body and addresses all issues from a relational life recovery approach. In addition to life recovery, all students are required to pursue academic studies and vocational training through the Urban Training Institute. It is designed to address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual needs to an individual. Over the course of the stay, we provide Christian discipleship classes, individual sessions, vocational training, basic computer classes, High School equivalency courses and curriculum designed to help each student re-integrate into society.
After completion of the FreshStart program, a graduate may apply to do the LifeStart Program that expedites transition into society. A graduate of the program may join the LifeStart program for up to an additional 6 months at the Los Angeles Mission. The Career Services Department trains and counsels graduates throughout this transition. Successful transition is reconnection in society with employment, living wages and affordable housing.