What do we mean by social displacement?
We believe everyone deserves a home.
By home we mean something more than a house. A house is a building; a home is a dwelling place. A house is made of wood or brick or mud or thatch; a home is made of stories and relationships and memories. Houses can be bought and sold but home is never up for sale. Home is a bounded place that provides both definition and openness, structure and flexibility. It is a place and space, a web of stories and symbols and rituals and relationships where a common life is cultivated and human flourishing happens.
To us, home is a place of inhabitation where life is oriented toward a life-giving narrative where restoration is made possible in every human dimension—socially, emotionally, cognitively, spiritually and physically. We call this holistic sufficiency.
Homelessness not only occurs when someone loses a dwelling place, but also when abandonment, despair and feeling out of place all come together in a loss of social and cultural identity. Homelessness is a state of being without any sense of place or effective means of orientation. Homelessness understood in this way is more than houselessness. Homelessness is an all-consuming displacement and a deeply traumatic experience. This is why we prefer the term social displacement.
Therefore, housing must also include a web of hospitable relationships that can restore them to a place of holistic sufficiency.
Through our four branches, 3e Restoration works toward holistic sufficiency: physical, emotional, social, spiritual and cognitive wellness.
Our Restoration branch serves to equip, encourage and empower local churches to walk alongside families living through homelessness.
Our Housing branch helps houseless neighbors locate a dwelling place that can lead to a way of life that feels like home.
Our Consulting branch works with government municipalities and non-governmental agencies to move beyond traditional case management practices and to adopt a more holistic approach with the 3e Restoration Care Management™ system.
Our Collegiate branch equips, encourages and empowers college students to love people living through homelessness while helping them cultivate sustainable food practices.
Stories of Gracious Hospitality
The best way to catch a glimpse of how the 3e Restoration Process transitions neighbors living through homelessness or social displacement toward holistic sufficiency is to listen to their stories.