Men's programs

Program structure

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Mission Gate offers programs at facilities for men both in rural Missouri and in the City of St. Louis. Our nine-month (or longer) programs help men begin new lives through Christ and prepare to be reunited with their families.

Who gets accepted

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We accept men who are newly released from prison or coming out of addiction, who understand that Mission Gate is a Christ-centered program, and who have submitted an application.


Individual accountability

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More than just a place to live, our programs provide a substance-free environment with the structure, tools, and spiritual guidance men need to become sufficiently independent. 


We provide accountability with house guidelines, expectations for appropriate conduct, work requirements for jobs, local church attendance, and working together cooperatively.

Program components

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  Our program components include:

  • Individual program goals 
  • Networking with other services, agencies, resources, and churches 
  • Reporting regularly to Probation and Parole, and to the Division of Family Service

Individualized programs

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We design a specific program for each resident, drawing from this wealth of resources:

  • Parenting and family counseling
  • Spiritual counseling and mentoring
  • Overcoming trauma
  • Sexual abuse recovery
  • Bible studies
  • Celebrate Recovery
  • Substance abuse education
  • GED and vocational training
  • Budgeting and financial training
  • Making peace with your past
  • Anger management
  • Relapse prevention
  • Preparing for ministry

Time for fun

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In addition to working and studying, our residents have time for fun — dinner out, horseback riding, bowling, movies, Christian concerts, and more. 


On Mission Gate grounds, men can hike in beautiful forests or explore the Meramec River.