Since 1991, we have provided six-month emergency housing for up to 50 individuals at a time through our men’s dorm and women/family dorm, as well as food and essential clothing. In 2011, we opened our West Lane apartment complex with 14 units designated for homeless veterans (to live up to two years rent free through a grant from the Veterans Administration) and eight units for permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless with disabilities. To date, more than 6,000 individuals and families have found shelter with us.
It’s important to note the emphasis the JCOC places on sobriety and drug-free living. This is a crucial factor in our success and the success of our clients. All clients must pledge to be clean and stay clean to receive our services, and we provide the support necessary to work toward that goal. We believe this is vital to combating the cyclical nature of homelessness: people who aren’t fully functional and ready to face the world eventually return to the streets and make the same mistakes over and over. We are breaking that cycle on a daily basis with the people who come here seeking a fresh start — and never look back.
The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center has a men's dorm and a women/family dorm on-site that houses a total of 50 individuals. We operate as an emergency shelter and provide free food, housing, essential clothing and intensive case management for the 6 months they are here.
We currently have a several months-long waiting list. People in need of housing can call the main office at 757-491-2846 and get on our list. We supply a wide array of free services to aid in the process of moving our residents from here into independent living situations.
Homelessness is often a result of a series of problems including physical or mental disabilities and/or substance addiction. The Judeo-Christian Outreach Center works closely with rehabilitation services including Virginia Beach Detox Center, Mental Health Services, and The Veterans Administration Medical Center to assure that our clients are properly treated for any disorders that may be an obstacle to their well-being or hinder their progress.
Residents are expected to fully comply with the rules of living at the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. These rules include but are not limited to:
Any resident unwilling to comply with the Resident Rules of the Judeo-Christian Outreach Center Shelter can face immediate eviction from the premises as well as criminal prosecution (if applicable).
- For the safety of fellow residents and staff members, all residents must submit to an outstanding warrant check by the Virginia Beach Police Department.
- Each resident must agree to initial and random drug testing.
- Drugs, alcohol or weapons will not be tolerated. Possession/use/distribution of these items could lead to immediate eviction and/or criminal prosecution.
- Each resident is assigned daily chores at the center.
- There is a curfew for those not at work.
- Once a resident is stabilized and in a substance abuse program, he or she is required to obtain employment. The employment can be full or part-time, depending on the type of program in which the resident is participating.
- Each resident who is employed must maintain their own personal savings account and begin repaying debts, fines, child support, or restitution.
- Residents must make every effort to get along with others, treating them with the same respect, courtesy and dignity with which they would like to be treated, as well as learning to have structure in their lives.