Women’s Ministries

Homeless single women and single women with children struggling to overcome drug and alcohol addictions as well as other life controlling behaviors come to Simonka Place looking for help and hope. Partnering with the local church and community, we are here to serve women (with or without children) who are in crisis as we invite them to a life-changing relationship with Christ.

Simonka Place for Women and Children
5119 River Road N., Keizer, OR 97303
503.362.7487

Women’s Ministries Director
Jeanine Knight jknight@ugmsalem.org

New Life Fellowship Manager
Kathy Smith ksmith@ugmsalem.org

Guest Service Manager
Angela Gesualdo agesualdo@ugmsalem.org

Guest Services

Providing emergency services, such as nourishing meals, warm safe shelter, a hot shower, clean clothing and personal care items are just the first step in sharing Christ’s love and providing for those in need.

In addition to emergency services, guests have access to:

    • Case managers
    • Counselors
    • A dayroom
    • Mail service
    • Work referrals
    • Dental Clinic

 

As our staff develops relationships and trust with our guests, they are encouraged to join our New Life Fellowship program.

Transitions

For women whose greatest need is employment and housing, we offer a Christ-centered, safe, healing, long-term residential environment to assist them in finding employment and permanent housing. The goal of this program is to help women move back into our community with the tools they need to sustain a healthy, God-honoring lifestyle.

New Life Fellowship (NLF) Program

The NLF program is an extensive 15-month Christian discipleship and recovery program for women who are ready and willing to make dynamic change in their lives as they learn to follow Christ.

Through Bible studies and systematic discipleship, women in the program receive help in overcoming drug and alcohol abuse as well as learning to deal with other dysfunctional lifestyles, addictions and habits as they learn to depend on the Holy Spirit to guide and direct them.

Work therapy assignments help the women develop appropriate workplace skills.

The Learning Center and Valley Employment & Career Services programs help improve academic skills (and prepare for the GED exam) and ready the women to return to the workplace through job readiness classes.

Exodus Program

After completing the NLF program, a woman may continue residing at Simonka Place for an additional 90 days in this aftercare program while seeking employment and housing.

Christian Service Internship

Upon completion of the NLF program, qualified women may apply to this 12-month program providing ongoing Biblical training, continued discipleship and internship opportunities throughout the mission to prepare for vocational ministry service after graduation.