Berea has transformed KARM and opened a door to transform lives through work, learning, and service. After food, shelter, and other critical needs are met, Berea affords KARM guests an opportunity to take advantage of a life-changing process combining Christian support with job skills, education, and community service. The only objective of Berea is to prepare students for the abundant life God has planned for them and to provide a strong, Biblical foundation to build a life upon after KARM.
Hands-on experience is a proven way to learn. Everyone works their way through Berea, and the work goes far beyond “chores.” Every job assignment comes with a learning objective that promotes discipline, responsibility, initiative, and cooperation. By working, Berea students become a vital part of the daily operation of KARM. Each student has a specific job assignment and will typically experience two or three different jobs during their time in Berea.
In Berea, students learn how to successfully integrate back into the community. The core Berea curriculum teaches a range of life skills including planning, collaboration, building relationships, and finance. In addition to the core curriculum, art, music, and other electives are offered and encouraged to enrich every aspect of a student’s life. Advanced career training in food and janitorial services can also be part of a student’s Berea course work. Christian basics are central to all areas of study in Berea.
Berea students are expected to “give back” to their local community, and opportunities for community service are made available to every Berea student. Churches and other local organizations provide important and fulfilling opportunities for Berea students as they learn that everyone has something to give and that everyone’s service is important.
Helping people discover the
abundant life God has promised us.