Transitions opened on June 15, 2011 to serve homeless men and women, age 18 or older. Since opening, Transitions has helped more than 2473 residents transition back into the local community and into permanent housing. Transitions is not a traditional shelter – its 260 residents are able to stay for the length of time they need to address their physical and mental health issues.
For those without a bed at Transitions, the Day Center offers access to showers, laundry facilities, computers, phones, support services, clothing, and bathrooms. We served 251,628 meals in 2018 plus a fresh salad bar 5 nights a week. Residents receive 3 meals a day; day users receive lunch.
Transitions understands the correlation between having a roof over your head and being able to hold a job. We are the most comprehensive program in the Midlands, offering everything from clothing to food to healthcare, job and life skills classes and help with securing affordable housing.
Our mission, as reflected by our name, is to provide the resources and safe environment homeless men and women need while they work to move out of homelessness. We partner with 50+ other agencies to provide and coordinate the broad range of services and resources needed.
We accept residents with active mental health and substance abuse issues and provide free on-site clinic or office space to several healthcare providers so clients have easy access to clinical support (assessment & referral service) to address those and other chronic health issues.
What sets SOAR Columbia apart is that we care about more than just sports. Yes, we aim to have the highest quality coaches and the finest athletic training in Columbia, but we believe we will have failed if we trained good athletes who fail in life.
While we will not force our faith on anyone, it does shape what we do and the way we do things. In addition to learning sports skills, we aim to model and teach grit, resilience, perseverance, self-control, humility, respect and cooperation with our athletes. Sometimes these lessons will come from experiences on the field and sometimes through personal illustrations or portions of the Bible.
While we believe that ultimate life is only found in Jesus Christ, we also join hands with others in our community to work towards a more just, respectful, cooperative and honorable society. As we invest in children now, we shape the future of the greater Columbia area and the world. As we invest in our coaches we shape men and women who raise up another generation of coaches. As we invest in adults, we believe we are investing in the current generation of life-changers committed to making their places of work and their homes better places to work and live.
While there are other rec leagues committed to changing athletes, SOAR Columbia is the only rec league committed to changing lives. Funds raised through the Midlands Combine will go providing scholarships for the underprivileged in our community and investing in lighting that will open more fields for more players during more of the year.