Holistic Hardware: Ending Homelessness Through Personal Change
The reasons we continue to see homeless people walking the streets are almost as diverse as the number of people.
But the solution – the path back to a life of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment – can be summed up in one phrase: Internal and external personal development. Or, put much simpler –
Change the inside, and the outside will follow.
Picture a man living on the streets of Seattle. He battles depression, addiction, and mild mental illness. When offered help, he blames other people for his situation.
What do we accomplish if we give this man free food? Or free health care? Or free housing?
We accomplish only one thing – we keep him alive.
Babysteps Ministry wants to do much more than just keep people alive. And for that, we’ve adopted a program called Holistic Hardware, developed by Joseph Holland, a Harvard-educated pioneer in the work to end homelessness who runs his own homeless ministry in Harlem.
What is Holistic Hardware?
It’s a training program that leads homeless people out of destructive patterns and ways of thinking.
It does this using 10 Holistic Tools that challenge participants and work to create inner transformation, leading to rebuilt lives.
Here are the 10 Tools:
Responsibility – owning your role
Vision – life goals to inspire and motivate
Self-Esteem – rebuild the self, overcome personal barriers
Faith – power to work through challenges
Love – learn to help others, not just yourself
Discipline – self-denial and doing the little things
Association – break away from bad influences
Planning – set goals, then develop a plan to actually reach them
Work – the dynamic connection between character and skills
Wealth – manage wealth, attain economic freedom
As you can see, this is an intense program. It holds nothing back, and challenges people to change at the core of who they are. This is the third step of our 3-step program toward transformation.
It’s the one we reserve for the people who have taken enough baby steps to reach a point where they’re ready for a real commitment to change, which is what Holistic Hardware requires of them.
But the final product is a life transformed. A person who will be permanently off the streets, living with confidence, purpose, hope, and wisdom.
Our ultimate goal is to have a house where people can live while being led through the Holistic Hardware program. This is how Babysteps Ministry wants to lead and disciple people, and it’s the reason we exist.