The purpose of this Program is to overcome obstacles to a successful life. To accomplish this, we will need to work together on personal issues past, present and anticipated in the future that would prevent you from succeeding. This will include addressing each aspect of our human condition: physical, mental, emotional, psychological and spiritual. This Program will introduce, educate and honor God our Creator and Jesus Christ, our Savior.
This is the most time-consuming area of Program life, generally 6 hours per work day. Work in itself is therapy, learning a skill, accomplishing a task, working with others, taking instruction.
These are very important to meet the need of the whole person, including his relationship with his Creator and Savior. five morning chapels are done weekly, one by the Director, one by the Chaplain and three by volunteers. Two group Bible studies are done weekly, one by the Director, the other by the Chaplain.
Life Skills Classes
These are taught weekly by the Chaplain and volunteer tutors. This includes preparation to take the GED test. Anyone with a GED, high school diplomat or college degree is given individual instruction in computer skills or other areas of need. This will include resume writing, personal financial planning, and even learning healthy means of entertainment like bowling.
Addiction Recovery Classes
These are done using a well-proven Instructor Guide and Workbooks for each member of the Program. We are teaching a process that addresses obsessive-compulsive-addictive behaviors. This is not just about drugs and alcohol, but includes behaviors like obsessive gambling, smoking, spending, eating, etc.
Personal Counseling and Goal Setting
This tailors the Program to the individual. Addressing medical, psychological, dental, medications, legal issues, etc., and resolves any stumbling blocks to success. In the final phase of the Program, the Chaplain works with each man to achieve independent living. He helps them find a job or apply for SSI if appropriate and save money.
- Pipeline: 1-2 months. Introduction to the Program, includes all aspects except the classes.
- Phase 1: 3-4 months
- Phase 2: 4-5 months
- Phase 3: 4-5 months
- Phase 4: 0-2 months. Job search and work.
- Total Time: 12-18 months
- Transitional Housing: Up to 2 years.
Graduation from the Program happens at the point of receiving one’s first employment paycheck and this is taken off our weekly Program Sustenance Allowance list. There is a Certificate awarded at a presentation along with a gift and refreshments.
Generally by the time a person reaches Phase 3, he is in a private room. That same room can be rented upon graduation. The rent is very inexpensive and can be easily paid with a part-time minimum wage job or even consistent work from a temporary employment agency.
Transitional housing is renting a room for up to 2 years. This gives a person time to work and save money before moving on. this can also be a time to look for a better job.
Transitional housing is a program in itself, because it is temporary and rules do apply to these renters.