In 2012 Luke 14:12 created the G.R.O.W. (Grace, Respect and Opportunity through Work) Program to provide job training, skills, mentoring, resources and encouragement for those struggling with chronic homelessness. All of Luke 14:12’s dining room and kitchen staff have been hired from the homeless population, and have all struggled with chronic homelessness.

Employment can be a valuable resource for those who are hungry and homeless. G.R.O.W. Program provides essential job skills, training opportunities, mentorship, and employment to those who might not otherwise be employed. 

Those struggling with chronic homelessness must overcome employment obstacles that individuals with secure housing don’t face: lack of a mailing address or a phone number, lack of appropriate clothing, inability to create a resume, transportation issues, possible history of arrest and incarceration, possible previous issues with addiction, lack of job training, lack of job skills or professional references.  By providing job skills, training and eventually professional references Luke 14:12 encourages our employees to seek additional employment to transition away from Luke 14:12, and eventually stop the cycle of homelessness and lack of sustainable employment.