A question I get asked a lot is how will we measure success for RGM.
“Success in our work looks like chaos sometimes. We have women addressing painful wounds, separation from family members, and overwhelming obstacles to living an independent life. So we celebrate day to day intrinsic successes as well as measurable ones.
The biggest way we measure success is that the women develop a relationship with God, stay and participate in our program, and experience freedom from substance abuse. Day to day successes include doing hard emotional work by showing up and participating in classes and counseling sessions, getting to work on time, addressing their debt- financially and relationally. Big successes are completing the classes and training, getting a job, opening a bank account, paying off debt, and navigating legal situations.
To measure success for our residents in a more tangible way, we track numbers of studies completed, training certificates earned, counseling sessions, and service projects. We celebrate their sober time. We have a self assessment that the residents complete at different intervals to measure their growth in multiple areas.”