As its name suggests, Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is located in Reno, Nevada and provides a host of housing and recovery services for residents struggling with substance abuse and homelessness. The organization is non-profit and non-denominational Christian, offering food, housing and counseling to families and individuals in need.
Accommodations and Food
All told, the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission has 150 beds available for men, women and children who are in need of housing, all put to flexible use depending on the facility’s total occupancy at any given time. In addition to that, there are another 100 beds for men and women who are specifically seeking recovery. In general, the accommodations are relatively plain with twin-sized, cot-style beds set up in dorm-style rooms and mass sleeping halls. Beyond those, there are also common areas, communal showers and a mess hall where clients can eat dinner every day (with other meals available on a rotating basis as well).
Treatment and Staff
Upon intake, all residents go through an initial assessment to help the staff determine their substance abuse history and their needs. While the organization does offer housing, on-site medical stabilization and detox services are not available. Generally speaking, the Christian Addiction Recovery and Education program (CARE) lasts for 13 months and treats clients on a variety of different levels.
The basis of the curriculum is on 12-step coursework as well as Bible studies. Once residents are stabilized, they are trained in how to become working members of society by training with vocational agencies, learning computer skills, taking GED courses, learning life skills and much more. Throughout their stay, residents are provided with food, shelter and clothing as necessary. Cell phones are not allowed in the program. In addition to these life-rebuilding aspects, client also work with counselors in individual and group therapy settings as well. While dual diagnosis support is not included, those in need can get referrals as necessary.
The staff at Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission includes LCSWs, volunteers, LADCs, LMFTs, chaplains and additional Master’s-level counselors.
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission also does community outreach events including holiday food drives, clothing handouts and more. The mission also runs several thrift stores in the area, which can employ program members throughout their stay. Additional emergency and transitional housing beds are available for men and women as well in separate parts of the compound. Those who complete these programs can also work with case managers to develop their discharge and aftercare plans.
Overall, the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a well-equipped non-profit that provides a plethora of recovery services to those most in need. In addition to housing and food, clients can also get counseling, attend 12-step meetings and learn all the necessary skills they need to re-enter the job market. While its services are designed only those who need them the most, the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission is a great program for the demographic it serves.
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission
355 Record St
Reno, NV 89512
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