Push Faith House provides emergency temporary shelter to families and individuals whom are experiencing homelessness in the Sussex, Surry, and surrounding area. The stay is 30 days. .If residents need to stay longer , this request can be granted up to six months provided monetary donations are available from donors. Weekly evaluations are required for the extended stay residents. There is 24- hour supervision. Push Faith House is an approved 501(c) (3) therefore the eligibility for public or private grant money is a source to fund Push Faith House. Currently Push Faith House is funded entirely from donations from within the community and general public. Future plans will involve Push Faith House soliciting tax- deductible contributions because tax laws permit such donors to deduct their contributions from taxable income.
Push Faith House was started because the founder, Shirley Brown was homeless from 2011-2013. She obtained the now Push Faith House building, zoned as commercial, in April of 2013. The building had living quarters upstairs and business space downstairs. She began operation of Angel’s Island Salon/ Kingdom Kuts Christian Cosmetology School downstairs. On December 25, 2013,her 66 year old uncle came and stayed with her because he had became homeless and asked could he stay with her for a little while. He had had a stroke and wasn’t moving around as he would like. Shortly there after ,a 45 year old lady that came from out of town with a relative of hers became homeless due to the domestic abuse.. She offered her home and the lady accepted the offer and was grateful.. In addition Shirley had a 21 year old son that also living in her home but unemployed. In January of 2014, Shirley took on a part time job to help with the bills because living expenses were rising. Since then , by word of mouth ,Shirley began providing shelter to people that needed a temporary place to stay completely funded by , Shirley and community donations.
In addition, Push Faith House offers usage of donated newspapers and computers for job search, resume writing, and or online classes. Faith based support groups, literature, lectures and life skill classes are also available. Donated food from donors , local food banks, and the Ferguson Garden are the available sources of food. Donated new and used clothing are available on site by means of a clothing closet to residents. Transportation services are available by means of bus or car . GED,and John Tyler Community College classes are available in the Wakefield area and are in walking distance of Push Faith House. Cosmetology, Waxing & Nail Technology and Instructional classes are offered at Kingdom Kuts Christian Cosmetology School located at 202 East Main Street, Suite 1,Wakefield ,VA 23888. The above mentioned , further the exempt purposes of Push Faith House.
One hundred percent of time is allocated to the residents of Push Faith House in order to help in the equipping of residents becoming independent. Residents are required to follow their individual Plan of Action report daily which includes seeking employment, residency, and outside resources to help in becoming self sufficient.