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.

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.

  • Physical
  • Emotional
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Cognitive

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.

Judy & Katie

Common Ground Church