At Joy Junction, we offer a hand-up, not a hand-out to Albuquerque’s homeless. We want to give those individuals who have the desire to regain their life and rejoin society the ability to do so. Everyone needs someone at some time in their life, and at Joy Junction, we’re here to be that someone.
Our CIPP program is exactly that — a way for us to help empower those who want to gain control of their life.
The Christ in Power Program (CIPP)
CIPP is short for Christ in Power Program. The Christ in Power program is based on the Tyndale House Life Recovery Bible, Christian teachings and the belief that all things are possible through Christ.
The CIPP program lasts nine months. During that time CIPP members go through a 12-step process that addresses problems like drug and alcohol abuse and other harmful behaviors and addictions. CIPP also teaches our students self-sufficiency and life skills that will help them be more successful at social reintegration. These social skills will help them when they go to seek a job and will also help them keep a job.
The CIPP Process
CIPP participants use the Life Recovery Bible along with a workbook. Both are part of the 12-step curriculum that uses teachings from the Bible to teach the students about themselves, their relationships, their addictions, and about their relationship with God.
The CIPP participants are also required to keep a journal and complete homework assignments that lead them down the path to empowerment and a deeper understanding of self and God. Job skills and accountability are taught through mandatory chores, such as parking attendants, office staff, kitchen workers, and cleaning crew.
When our CIPPers complete the CIPP program, they attend a graduation ceremony that includes real caps and gowns and certificates. For many of our CIPPers, it’s one of the few times, if not the first time, that they’ve completed, or graduated from, anything.
It is so wonderful to see our CIPP members take control of their lives and gain empowerment through Christ. By teaching life skills such as accountability and vocational training, we are helping to break the cycle of homelessness one person at a time.