Partnering with Pivotal Point, local churches are getting involved with the organization to help those who are in the transitional housing program.
Pivotal Point is a nonprofit needs-based organization that provides apartment housing for 90 days free of rent.
“Pivotal Point transitional housing is really a place where we bring people in all ages, pretty much men, women, families, individuals and now youth,” says Melissa Frakes, the executive director of Pivotal Point.
Churches across town are teaming up with the organization to help sponsor residents who go through the program.
“I communicate with the church and kind of let them know how my resident is doing or our resident is doing and kind of update them on on successes trials that they have,” says Tracy Christie, a member of Huffman United Methodist Church and a sponsor for residents in the program.
Christie has sponsored a number of residents since getting involved with the organization through her church.
‘We’ve had 10 residents and our 10th resident is living in the apartment now,” she says. “I personally have been involved with eight of them.”
The program also offers a variety of life-skills classes to its residents including basic skills that are often taken for granted.
“It really helps to clean the sink every day ... it helps to dust and to vacuum. These things that you think that’s just common sense, (but) it’s only common sense because you grew up with it,” Pastor Doug Walter at Ashland United Methodist Church says. “So those life skills of cooking, of balancing your checkbook, all those little things we take for granted, we actually learned them somewhere along the way and oftentimes the folks who we’re having a chance to help, so we try to not take anything for granted.”
Walter is glad that his church is able to be a part of the needs-based program.
“I’m just thankful that our church can be a part of this,” he said. “It’s something that can connect folks from different walks of life to really share the love of Christ in a very tangible way.”
Pivotal Point currently owns the apartment building on 3000 Parkway A, which was previously Hillcrest Transitional Housing.
“In January of 2018, we became an independent organization and we’re very grateful for Hillcrest, we wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the organization that came out of Kansas City,” Frakes says.
To learn more about the Pivotal Point program, visit the apartments or go online to pivotalpointst.joseph.org.