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Three Levels of Partnership

Receive a 15% scholarship for national partner affiliates (listed below)

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Below is a list of past & current rescue mission and other affiliates and the number of students they have sent to City Vision. Some missions may also be scholarship partners and strategic partners. Read more of our history with rescue missions.

St. Matthew’s House (43)
Wheeler Mission Ministries (20)

Springs Rescue Mission (14)
University of the Nations (13)
Souls Harbor Rescue Mission (12)
Water Street Mission (Lancaster PA) (10)
Keystone Mission (9)
Great Falls Rescue Mission (8)
Jericho Road Ministries (FL) (8)
Sunday Breakfast Mission (Wilmington DE) (7)
City Union Mission (Kansas City) (7)
Denver Rescue Mission (7)
Wyoming Rescue Mission (6)
Hiway 80 Rescue Mission (6)
Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission (5)
Knox Area Rescue Mission (5)
The Path of Citrus County Rescue Mission (5)
Caring Place (Miami Rescue Mission) (5)
Vision International (4)
City Rescue Mission (PA) (4)
Hope Gospel Mission (4)
Gateway Mission (Holland MI) (4)
Capital City Rescue Mission (4)
Market Street Mission (4)
Brother Bryan Mission of Birmingham (3)
Wiseman Ministries (3)
Tri-City Union Gospel Mission (WA) (3)
Kokomo Rescue Mission (3)
Grace Resources (Lancaster Community Shelter) (3)
Panama City Rescue Mission (3)
Rescue Mission of Utica (3)
Springfield Victory Mission (3)
Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission (Philadelphia) (3)
Union Gospel Mission of Grays Harbor (3)
Bridgeport Rescue Mission (3)
Union Rescue Mission (Los Angeles) (2)
Bay Area Rescue Mission (2)
Christian Aid Center Rescue Mission (2)
Lighthouse Ministries (Lexington KY) (2)
Columbus Rescue Mission (2)
New Life Center Fargo (2)
Montana Rescue Mission (2)
Lexington Rescue Mission (2)
Crossroads Mission (AZ) (2)
Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission (2)
New York City Rescue Mission (2)
Fresno Mission (2)
Muncie Mission Ministries (2)
Nashville Rescue Mission (2)
Miracle Hill Ministries (2)
Providence Rescue Mission (2)
St. Augustine Rescue Mission (1)
Fairbanks Rescue Mission (1)
UCAN City Mission (1)

Cape Hope (1)
The Mission of Winter Haven (1)
Union Gospel Mission – Vancouver (1)
Orlando Union Rescue Mission (1)
Life Path Christian Ministries (1)
Rescue Mission of Salt Lake (1)
Charlotte Rescue Mission (1)
New Orleans Mission (1)
City Rescue Mission (FL) (1)
Family Resource Center (1)
Winchester Rescue Mission (1)
Crossroads Nogales Mission (1)
Jimmie Hale Mission (1)
Mel Trotter Ministries (1)
The Mission At Kern County (1)
Westminster Rescue Mission (1)
Raleigh Rescue Mission (1)
Safe Harbor Rescue Mission (1)
Samaritan Ministries of Hot Springs (1)
Bread of Life Mission (1)
Kitsap Rescue Mission (1)
Muskegon Rescue Mission (1)
Light of Life Rescue Mission (1)
Stowe Mission of Central Ohio (1)
The Gospel Rescue Mission (Muskogee OK) (1)
Winston-Salem Rescue Mission (1)
Merced County Rescue Mission (1)
Blue Rose Mission (1)
Buffalo City Mission (1)
Klamath Falls Rescue Mission (1)
Niagara Gospel Rescue Mission (1)
United Christian Advocacy Network (1)
City Mission (1)
Cleveland County Rescue Mission (1)
Hope Rescue Mission Missoula (1)
Sioux City Gospel Mission (1)
Topeka Rescue Mission (1)
Central Union Mission (DC) (1)
City Rescue Mission of Lansing (1)
Durham Rescue Mission (1)
Hope Ministries (Iowa) (1)
Idaho Falls Rescue Mission (1)
Kelowna Gospel Mission (1)
Lighthouse Mission Ministries (Bellingham) (1)
Lima Rescue Mission (1)
Open Door Mission (Omaha) (1)
Open Door Mission (Rochester NY) (1)
Rockford Rescue Mission (1)
Santa Barbara Rescue Mission (1)
Shelter KC (1)
Sunshine Gospel Mission (Chicago) (1)
Union Gospel Mission Dallas (1)
Open Door Mission (Glens Falls NY) (1)
Miami Rescue Mission (1)

Become a 33% scholarship partner to organizations that send two or more students in a year & meet partnership expectations

City Vision is only able to provide our $500/course partner scholarship to students because of the efforts partners make in supporting the partnership. Starting in the 2022-23 academic year, all partners must meet the following expectations to remain active partners and receive partner scholarship benefits. Partner organizations agree to:

  1. Have at least two paying students in a year. If they do not, students will no longer receive the partner scholarship, but may still receive other scholarships if eligible. A student from the partner will have a 2 term grace period to continue receiving the scholarship if the organization is no longer sending multiple students. 
  2. Have at least one partnership meeting per year (preferably two) with City Vision University involving the executive leadership of the organization.
  3. Appoint a partner liaison to serve as the primary contact for the CVU partnership. If preferred, organizations may appoint one contact for staff and one contact for clients.
  4. Actively promote City Vision to staff and clients as appropriate. This could include the following:
    • Inviting City Vision to present briefly at an all-staff meeting or leadership team meeting
    • Sending an email template to your staff email list
    • Requesting flyers to be sent to you from City Vision and distributing them to staff and/or clients.
    • Requesting a poster to be sent to you from City Vision
    • Including City Vision in HR processes such as a recommended option in professional development plan
    • Including City Vision as a preferred partner in tuition reimbursement programs
    • Developing a credit recognition partnership where staff or clients get credit for high-quality training you are implementing in your organization
    • Developing a cohort program where groups of staff or clients take courses together and have on-site discussions about their learning experiences

Basis for Partnership Expectations

CVU’s tuition is about ⅓ or ½ of most other online Christian schools, so we are only able to make this scholarship financially sustainable if the effort of partners significantly reduces our marketing cost. Ultimately, the more partners promote City Vision and the more students they provide, the more that reduces our marketing costs. This allows us to fulfill our goal of providing high-quality, radically affordable online education to partners.

Adult & Teen Challenge Ohio Valley (5)
Christian Aid Center Rescue Mission (2)
City Union Mission (Kansas City) (7)
Columbus Rescue Mission (2)
Engineering Ministries International (21)
Healing House KC (2)
Hope Gospel Mission (4)
Joy Church Medford (8)
Knox Area Rescue Mission (5)
New Life Center Fargo (2)
Southern New Hampshire Rescue Mission (2)

Sunday Breakfast Mission (Wilmington DE) (7)
The Path of Citrus County Rescue Mission (5)
The Urban Ministry Institute (TUMI-World Impact) (14)
Tri-City Union Gospel Mission (WA) (3)
Union Rescue Mission (Los Angeles) (2)
Urban Vision (2)
Water Street Mission (Lancaster PA) (10)
Wheeler Mission Ministries (20)
Wiseman Ministries (3)
Wyoming Rescue Mission (6)

Work with City Vision to develop collaborative cohort programs for groups of staff, clients or interns including credit partnerships​.

National Affiliate Partners (15% Scholarship)

Rescue Missions

Any student from a rescue mission or Citygate or GRMF member organization will receive a 15% discount.
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Any student affiliated with the Salvation Army will receive a 15% discount.
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Strategic Partner Profile: St. Matthew's House

St. Matthew’s House is an incredibly innovative $33 million dollar rescue mission serving the poor, homeless and addicted in Naples, FL. Each year, they provide over 513,000 meals and housing to over 1,600 individuals. Of those, 120 are placed in jobs, and 385 are placed in housing. The leadership of St. Matthew’s realized a key strategy to remain effective and innovative is to invest heavily in the education and training of their staff. In the past 5 years, St. Matthew’s has had over 40 of their staff and others enroll in City Vision and one of their staff has become faculty.

As a strategic partner, City Vision provides a 33% scholarship so tuition is only $5,000/year. Also, many of their staff have outstanding senior management experience, enabling them to accelerate their degree by getting prior learning credit for their past experience. City Vision plans to partner with St. Matthew’s to design some of our free MOOC courses, so they could be taken by all their intensive residential recovery programs participants. As our partner, St. Matthew’s can better fulfill their vision of transforming thousands of lives and becoming a national model of best practices for other organizations to replicate.

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“City Vision University provides a quality, practical and affordable education that equips our staff to better serve people experiencing hunger, homelessness and addiction. Often our people that earn their degrees at City Vision have been homeless or addicted and now are valued employees that can help transform other people’s lives through their education.” – Steve Brooder, CEO, St. Matthew’s House

Strategic Partner Profile: Springs Rescue Mission

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Springs Rescue Mission is a rapidly growing innovative $16.7 million dollar rescue mission serving the poor, homeless and addicted in Colorado Springs. In 2021, they provided over 186,651 meals and housing to 2,596 individuals. Of those, 30% are in addiction recovery programs and 51% are enrolled in job training programs.

Jeff Cook, Chief Programs Officer at Springs Rescue Mission, completed his Bachelor’s in Nonprofit Management as well as his MBA with City Vision. From this experience, he saw the need to develop two staff training tracks in partnership with City Vision.

Management and Leadership Cohort

The goal of this group is to equip emerging leaders to become managers through the following sequence of 5 courses:

Case Management Cohort

The goal of this group is to equip guest services staff to become case managers through the following sequence of 5 courses:

How it works & benefits

Currently, 11 Springs Rescue Mission staff take one of the above courses each term as a cohort in sequence. A part of their work schedule involves having discussion groups on the course material (similar to a book club). Students work collaboratively on projects together, but still have to submit their own work. As a strategic partner, City Vision provides a 33% scholarship so tuition is only $5,000/year. For staff that have outstanding senior management experience, City Vision enables them to accelerate their degree by getting prior learning credit for their past experience. As our partner, Springs Rescue Mission can better fulfill their vision of transforming thousands of lives and becoming a national model of innovation for other organizations to replicate.

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“City Vision is the perfect partner for Springs Rescue Mission in higher education. The courses are specific to the work being accomplished at the mission. Because staff learn the same terminology and information at City Vision, they can use that to strengthen the programming and processes at the mission.”
– Jeff Cook, Chief Programs Officer, Springs Rescue Mission

Free Resources to Better Train Your Staff and Clients

Students from the Urban Ministry Institute can receive up to 32 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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City Vision recognizes Vision International University credits and degrees and a scholarship.
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Students trained in the Genesis Process can receive 3 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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City Vision recognizes University of the Nations credits and degrees and provides a scholarship.
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Students taking Thirdmill courses at MyThirdmill.org can receive up to 30 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Students completing Saylor Academy courses can receive credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Those completing CLA’s Credential Christian Nonprofit Leader program can receive 6 credits with City Vision
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Students from Wheeler’s Client Training Program can receive up to 30 credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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Students completing Harvestime Institute courses can receive credits for prior learning and a scholarship.
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