Berea

Berea is an unprecedented personal development opportunity at KARM focused on work, learning, and service.

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.

Berea transforms lives and breaks the cycle of homelessness.
All guests entering Berea as students experience a unique blend of work, learning, and service as required elements in a six- to nine-month formal program in a campus environment. Each day in Berea begins with chapel and a brief devotional followed by a schedule that mirrors a typical school day with predictable schedules and movement. Berea is structured so that a student is either in class, working a job, studying, or performing community service.
Each Berea student has an assigned care coordinator to provide personal guidance, evaluations, accountability, and any required help or supportive services throughout the Berea program.

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.

Berea ushers people into God’s presence through the dignity of work, the value of learning, and the joy of serving.

Helping people discover the
abundant life God has promised us.

Berea is fully integrated into our ministry services and structure, and has transformed KARM into a work-learn-serve campus. Upon completion of the Berea program, each student has realistic goals and Biblically-based plans for the future supported by training and skills for employment. Students also connect with a comprehensive support system of positive relationships to successfully restore them into the community.