Former Clifton Sanctuary Ministries’ chaplain and caseworker Prince Davies-Venn is often quoted as saying, “Homelessness is not helplessness.” Joe’s Ladder is a program which focuses on individual educational goals in a variety of fields. The men require one another to sign two contracts. The first is their Program Goal contract which details what they want to learn and accomplish. The second is their Mentoring Goal contract which outlines what they promise to commit to giving back. The concept for the program was born out of the knowledge and understanding that every blessing that has come to each member of the group came to them from giving not taking.
Members of Joe’s Ladder have accomplished many of their goals including:
- One member has earned his GED and is now studying for his college SAT.
- Another has completed a course in digital photography and is signing up for an advanced class.
- One gentleman is studying for his Georgia Assessment for the Certification of Educators to get his teaching license through reciprocity as well as volunteering as a tutor at the Literacy Volunteers of Atlanta as a tutor.
- A member has completed his national and state mortgage broker certification training and is studying for his national and state exams.
- The group decided to purchase a computer and printer for all the residents to share to work on their goals and luckily one of residents who is studying for his Microsoft I & II certifications has worked in the IT field for some years and is mentoring many of the residents on computer literacy.
Joe’s Ladder continues to come up with new and innovative ways to fund this program through their own resources to keep Joe’s Ladder a success and available to all who enter the Joe’s Place program for years to come. This year they are recycling old toners and cartridges for additional funds.