The goal of the Iron-on-Iron program is to build character, instill work ethic and responsibility, and point men to a lasting relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Iron-on-Iron Program
The Iron-On-Iron Program is Memphis Union Mission’s long-term, Christ-centered recovery program for men.
It is a one-year intensive residential program, where the emphasis is on healing the total person, recovery from life-controlling problems and preparation for successful living. It consists of three distinct phases, each having a special focus and established goals, and each one conducted at various locations in the Memphis area:
The Awareness Phase
This is the introductory phase of the Iron-On-Iron program. During this phase, which takes place at the Men’s Emergency Shelter, men are assigned various responsibilities around the shelter. They are counseled and evaluated regarding their attitude and willingness to cooperate with the guidelines of our programs. This phase of the program lasts for approximately 45 days and is designed to focus on the problems which brought the men to Memphis Union Mission.
Calvary Colony Phase
Most of the Iron-On-Iron program takes place at the Mission’s Calvary Colony facility near Shelby Forest. Located on 150 acres in a quiet country setting, this intensive phase lasts approximately six to eight months. Men attend one-on-one counseling sessions and group Bible studies, while continuing to help with various duties around the Mission’s properties.
The men complete Crossroad Bible Institute’s course work to help them grown in their faith in Christ. They are also assisted in setting realistic and attainable goals for their new lives. While at Calvary Colony, they are given Biblically-based classes in subjects like decision-making, personal finance, building healthy relationships, and other useful topics.
In addition, classes are available to assist men in gaining literacy skills and securing a G.E.D. certificate.
And finally, men enjoy various recreation opportunities, including basketball, softball, disc golf, fishing, as well as special outings.
The Transitional Phase
During this phase men reside at the Wright Transitional House as they prepare to transition back into the community. Men work full time (or work part time and go to school), and are assisted in job readiness and job searches. They are also assisted in saving their personal finances and learn about living on a budget.
The men become involved in the activities of a local church and begin to build relationships outside of the Mission. By the time they leave the program, they will have built up a cash reserve which will enable them to secure housing and begin to live a life rich in good friendships and free from addictions.