Main Street Ministries maxed out, hoping for 2021 expansion

HILLSBORO – Main Street Ministries in Hillsboro is looking at the possibility of expanding and adding two more apartments to its primary building in 2021. The ministry has reached capacity with eight families, and a waiting list of eight more women. 

Tami Driggers, Chair of the Board and Stephanie Moss, Director, said the ministry has been part of the Hillsboro community since 1991, founded on the principles of Isiah 58:6-12. 

Moss said, “Maslow’s hierarchy of needs defines us as humans – what our needs are and how we’re built on the most basic level. We start off with those bare essentials that so many of us take for granted. It’s the food coming out of our food bank being distributed to the community and the women and children that live with us,” she said. 

Main Street Ministries provides food and shelter, focused on serving women with young children, at no cost to those in need. 

With eight families currently in residence, the ministry recently reconfigured a common area into an apartment for a family with an urgent need for safe housing. 

“The safety piece is core and key to what we do here. To provide these families that are in crisis with a place to land so they can breath. We ask them to take a breath,” said Driggers. 

Funding for Main Street Ministries to meet the needs of women and children is all charitable. Over the last five years the ministry’s average operating budget is just $80,517. This year Driggers is projecting a need of $82,600. 

Driggers said the challenge facing the ministry in 2021 is meeting the needs of building maintenance and even expanding. 

“We have a couple apartments, everything is getting old and a little rough. We would love for women to come in and have a place that feels good,” she said. 

With renovations and expansion goals, “the Lord is going to have to show up in a big way to get that done. But we are going to trust in His timing,” said Driggers. 

Driggers said adding two more apartments to the basement of the 415 Main location would increase capacity from eight to 10 families. 

She added, half of those served by Main Street Ministries are Marion County residents. 

Moss said meeting those fundamental needs allows those staying at the ministry to focus on themselves. 

“For me that’s the joy of the Lord. Let’s give these things freely. Don’t worry about these worldly things right now. They’ll still be there in a couple years, because that’s adulting. Let’s set those worldly things aside and those worries and focus on you and what’s going on in your heart, in your mind, what healing can we look toward – whether it’s physical, emotional or spiritual,” she said. 

Moss said most homeless shelters function on a 30 or 90 day program. However, Main Street Ministries looks at the longer term to make lifestyle changes in thinking and behavior. In its Transformational Program, women and children can be with the ministry from one to three years. 

“It takes a longer time than you’d think to really have good resolution to the past and a firm foundation to move forward on,” said Moss. 

Women and children who are connected to Main Street Ministries are encouraged to utilize every community-based program available to them, from social work services to early screening for Head Start to counseling. 

“We really walk alongside these women in helping them to utilize the amazing resources that are out there,” said Moss. 

While women are connected to resources, there are also rules and accountability measures at Main Street Ministries through drug screenings prior to residential admission and throughout a woman’s stay. 

Moss said watching the women grow, and remain sober is a joy. 

“I have a mom right now who is very dear to my heart. Her reality is she’s 34, three kiddos, one of which she gave up for adoption at 16. Her reality is over the last two years, they were the first two years she was sober as a parent, in her life. I am thankful to have gotten to walk through that with her,” she said. 

Moss said of all the women and families that come through Main Street Ministries, “I don’t think they know even a small bit how strong and how beautiful they are. They all are.”