Topeka Rescue Mission: Success of the NET Reach Program

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TOPEKA (WIBW) -- NET Reach- Transforming the Hi-Crest Neighborhood:

In 2013, Hi-Crest NET was founded by the Topeka Rescue Mission Ministries board in hopes of preventing homelessness in neighborhoods that house residents who are frequently in a revolving door back to the Topeka Rescue Mission for emergency shelter. NET Reach is funded by local churches, businesses and individuals.

NET Reach works in collaboration with Topeka Public Schools, Community Resources Council, City of Topeka, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and many other local agencies.
Families in multi-generational poverty are isolated and have limited access to resources. They are more susceptible to problems such as joblessness, crime, violence and eventually homelessness. Many residents in Hi–Crest are considered “homeless with a roof over their head.” That roof frequently may be without common utilities, like water, gas or electricity.

NET Reach, Neighborhood Empowerment and Transformation, is advocating hope for Hi-Crest residents by bringing collaborative partnerships as supportive solutions and mentoring relationships that offer hope and encouragement through the Dare to Dream Leadership Program, and equipping residents to achieve their goals, dreams and hopes for a better future. NET Reach is also building strong youth and developing future leaders through Doxazo Camps and Dare to Grow youth mentoring program.

NET Reach offers programs to help residents with their goals. LIGHT House Program is helping residents improve their living conditions by teaching, encouraging, and empowering residents. During the housing projects, residents will work with neighbors, friends, volunteers, and mentors to repair, clean, and organize their home.

NET Worx is a Job Readiness Program providing a “Prescription for Job Success” by helping residents find a job, keep a job, or move to the next level in their career. NET Worx participants learn the best way to create resumes, write cover letters, complete online job applications, and prepare for the interview.

Participants will complete an internship where they will work through the valued feedback from the employer and learn how to become the “best” employee in the workplace. Mentors will come alongside the participant to encourage and support them during the process, as well as helping them to practice many of the skills they will need to learn.