City Team Ministry

City Team Ministry

Partnership Description

City Team Ministry reaches the homeless, poor and those who are addicted in Alameda County. They offer meals, a men’s shelter, men’s long-term recovery program, learning and career employment center, medical and dental care, community outreach and are working on trafficking and violence reduction. The Blue Oaks Partnership will support all aspects of their operations. Volunteers will have the opportunity to serve homeless people and men in recovery.

Homeless Veteran Ends up Headlining as Sober Comic

Mario was a homeless veteran who had lost his career as a meat-cutter due to alcoholism. Having lost his red pick up truck, he found himself at City Team looking for a second chance. Once he started the program he started to realize that he actually needed more than just sobriety; he needed to have his soul restored.

While Mario was in the program, he began to have a deep spiritual awakening as he recognized Jesus’ message as being the good news that rocked the bells deep within his soul. With this new reality of mercy and grace, he began to rebuild relationships with his family members. He also realized that if God could restore his life, than maybe God would also open doors for him to pursue his dreams. Mario always dreamed of becoming a stand-up comedian. He was gifted to make people laugh.

So with his new found faith and restored relationships, Mario began to pursue his next steps towards reintegration. Through the Learning & Career Center, he was empowered to reestablish his meat-cutting career and find permanent housing. With this base, Mario began performing and has headlined across the Bay Area and Nevada where he uses the moniker, Sober Comic. Through his new platform, he spreads messages of sobriety and the hope he’s found in God while making people laugh.

Key Facts

  • Through their Men’s Emergency and Transitional Shelter program City Team provides housing, clothing and showers for up to 60 men each night.
  • They have been providing hot meals, safe shelter, showers, and clean clothing to Oakland’s homeless population since 1897.
  • They have a medical staff that provides medical attention for those in need.
  • A recovery program is in place for men that are on a road of destruction from drugs and alcohol.
  • Their Learning Center is bridging the gap in education, equipping the homeless to succeed in life.

Service Opportunities

  • Toy distribution
  • Teach computer skills
  • Be a mentor
  • Serve a meal
  • Teach job skills
  • Case management
  • Worship service
  • Assist in pantry
  • Foot washing
  • Assist in medical clinic
  • Sock distribution
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