The Career Development Program (CDP) is a discipleship program for men who successfully complete the four month recovery program at New Hope Home. The men who qualify for CDP have demonstrated their commitment to learning and practicing an authentic faith walk. After successfully completing the New Hope Home Program, these men create a plan for success that includes:
-Job training through George Stone Technical Center
-Educational opportunities through Pensacola State College
-Christian Discipleship Training
-Local Church Mentoring
Waterfront Rescue Mission initiated the Career Development Program in 1992 to provide men the opportunity to develop new life habits and employment skills as they transitioned back into the world. Residency for CDP clients began in a few small houses. The program grew to include the facilities on Olive Road in northeast Pensacola in the fall of 1998. Residential space for 24 clients expanded with the addition of three nearby houses to accommodate 35+ men.
CDP is primarily a discipleship program for men who were formerly homeless with substance abuse problems and hopelessly drifting. CDP provides an 8 to 24 month supervised program for men to seek God whole-heartedly and learn to walk in the fullness of Christ. Clients prepare for and practice a new lifestyle which includes productive involvement in the local church, community and employment situations. Clients make and practice their commitments to their local church, mentors, employers and safe friends.
Secondary benefits of the CDP discipleship program include schooling at George Stone Technical Center or Pensacola State College for those who qualify. Clients who enter the work track establish solid employment situations and practice money management with their earnings.
The expectation for CDP clients is to see increasing self-discipline and responsibility, combined with increasing privileges and freedoms. These characteristics combined with a commitment to learn and practice Biblical teachings equip clients to continue to grow and mature in their walk with Christ.