Jim Resh of Hagerstown, Maryland founded the Westminster Rescue Mission in 1968, one of six such places he created out of his heart for mission work. Its residential treatment services are based in a belief in the gospel and God’s provision for life-changing restoration through His extravagant love.
Accommodations and Food
On 30 acres in the rural town of Westminster, the Mission campus affords many opportunities to enjoy the beauties of the Maryland countryside. The building itself is like a dormitory, with each cube sleeping three men—32 residents all together.
Food is prepared by clients or by volunteers and church groups who desire to serve this sober community. This group of men is self-supporting in that they are largely responsible for the cooking, cleaning, laundry and all chores.
The facility has a sanctuary for required morning devotions and evening chapel. A library, computer lab, fitness room and outdoor spaces provide additional accommodations for the Mission’s programs.
Treatment and Staff
The Westminster Rescue Mission does not provide detox or dual diagnosis support. Clients typically spend six to nine months here. Graduate students from Loyola University/Baltimore and counselors from Safe Harbor Christian Counseling conduct all group and individual therapy. CBT, faith-based curriculum training, work assignments, health education, meetings with a team leader and other staff are the central points of the treatment model. Group classes focus on anger management and other fundamental topics. Residents attend regular 12-step meetings and are encouraged to participate in a local church. Though there is no specific family program, loved ones are invited to worship with the men on Sundays and remain for an afternoon visit.
Clients working together to maintain the facility and participate directly in service through the Mission’s community assistance ministries characterize life here. Each client is assigned to a Work Station on the campus or at Westminster thrift stores, where they receive instruction in operating equipment, serving the public or grounds maintenance. The structure and discipline that work requires are valued; teamwork is encouraged to accomplish the tasks necessary to operate the Mission.
Meals are at 6:30 am, noon and 5:30 pm. Three chapel sessions are scheduled each day, at 7 am, 12:30 and 7 pm. A class session follows morning chapel; work is assigned in both morning and afternoon segments. A 10 pm quiet time is followed by lights out at 11.
Westminster’s staff is led by Reverend Steven T. Chocran who holds a Masters of Divinity from Lancaster Theological Seminary (UCC) and a Masters in Counseling from Loyola University/Baltimore. Additional treatment staff includes trained counselors, graduate students and graduates of the Westminster program. Client-to-staff ratio is 12-to-1 and the Mission has staff on-site 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Westminster Rescue Mission’s program of structure, discipline, work therapy, educational and vocational training nurtures men in an atmosphere of brotherhood and shared experience to build sources of lasting support and strength. Westminster is an ideal spot for those with few resources who would like to be encouraged to pursue employment in the community and set aside savings, build support inside and outside the Mission and get needed help to overcome remaining obstacles.
Westminster Rescue Mission
658 Lucabaugh Mill Rd
Westminster, MD 21157
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