180 Men’s Residential Recovery Program
Many have found a new direction with our 180 Men’s Residential Recovery Program. It’s a safe, caring and Christ-centered program where men can reshape their lives.
The 180 Men’s Residential Recovery Program
We believe that God can, and does, work miracles in the lives of those seeking to break free from chronic homelessness or to get out from under their addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Our program allows men to gain valuable tools and resources, that if applied, will bring about a recovery that is high in quality. Men will also learn self-responsibility, self-sufficiency, and self-respect — all within the safe confines of a Christian environment with a staff who truly cares about them as a child of God.
- Male, at least 19 years old or older
- Completion of detoxification (if appropriate)
- Willing to work at least five hours a day
- No history of severe mental illness
- In good health
- Able to independently take prescriptions medications
Residents of the program receive individual and group Christian counseling by a Certified Christian Counselor, as well as by a Certified Addictions Counselor.
Residents attend Bible Study Classes in subjects such as Character, Commitment, Authenticity, Prayers, Essential Christianity, Overcoming, Transparency and Transformation, etc.
Help is also available in obtaining a GED.
Every month we have gentlemen graduating from our program and looking for employment. It is reported that hiring managers throw out numbers of resumes without even looking at them. Networking produces the most results in acquiring jobs.
Below is a list of industries or positions in which our group of men are most interested in:
- Auto Body
- Electronic/Wireless Technician
- Forklift Operator
If you are willing to partner with us, contact Kevin Watson at 815-722-5780.
East Side Cafe
At our East Side Cafe, we serve an ever-increasing number of homeless and near homeless guests in the Joliet community. We offer three meals every day and two meals on Sunday. We serve more than 160,000 meals annually.
MorningStar’s Treasure Chest thrift store is a virtual gold mine of bargains. With shoes, shirts, dresses, appliances, household goods, furniture, collectibles and more, you’ll find tremendous values throughout the store. Our inventory changes regularly, so visit us often for the best bargains in town.
Families who can’t afford clothing or furniture can come to MorningStar, and they will receive an emergency voucher redeemable at the Treasure Chest.
Treasure Chest I
2221 West Jefferson ST
Joliet, IL 60435
Mon-Fri 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Treasure Chest II
2571 East Lincoln Hwy.
New Lenox, IL 60451
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jump on the Bus
As school starts each fall, more than 325 children will have every school supply they need thanks to our Jump on the Bus Program that provides everything from pencils to tennis shoes.
Shop With a Sheriff
Our Shop with a Sheriff Program has a two-fold purpose. First, it helps at-risk youth to have a positive experience with a local police officer. Second, the program also helps them to be able to afford gifts for their parents and siblings during the holiday season.
Holiday Food Baskets
Each year we provide more than 2,250 food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter, serving about 5,000 individuals. We also provide more than 400 Easter candy baskets to the children.
Stars of Hope
Our Stars of Hope program provides gifts to hundreds of families. Each holiday season, we provide 12,000 Christmas gifts to more than 500 families in need.
B.E.T.H. House is for pregnant women who call seeking an alternative to abortion. B.E.T.H. House is safe, caring, and Christ—centered home where women can reshape their lives.
New Day Drop-In Center
The New Day Drop In Center is located at 364 E. Washington St. in the fire station building next to the MorningStar Mission. The center is open to men, women and children who are homeless or low income. The center’s mission is to give guests a safe place to be during the day and provide services that preserve human dignity and promote positive direction. Located on the main floor, the center offers Christian books and magazines; guests can watch educational films and Christian movies.
The New Day Center has a computer learning center, which provides guests access to computers, email, telephones, word processing, a copier and an email address to receive mail. We also offer referrals to community resources and case management to provide advocacy.
The daily hours of operation for both the Drop In Center and the computer lab are 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
In addition to the computer lab, the New Day Center provides assistance with the following areas:
- Job search assistance. This can include help writing, typing, editing, and printing resumes; assistance with online job searches and applications; and assistance with interviewing skills and job development through Will County’s Job Force Development Council, IDES and Illinois Skills Match.
- Individual training on navigating the internet and using email
- Adult daily living skills such as using washing machines and dryers.
- Substance abuse education and counseling
- Housing information and assistance with rental applications. Specialized intakes are available for veterans and people with disabilities
- Medical and social referrals to medical facilities and social service agencies
Mary L. Weitendorf Women & Family Center
Our women and family center is designed to show the love of Jesus Christ to homeless families. We serve married couples with children, single women, single women with children and single men with children. This is done by providing shelter, food, clothing, case management, classes and support groups. Our purpose is to encourage growth and change, while fostering healthy, productive living in a safe environment that restores dignity and promotes healing.
Our desire is to:
- Create a safe, healing environment
- Assist with embracing a healthy identity
- Assist with accepting personal responsibility
- Assist with establishing healthy, interdependent relationships