An interview is used to determine if the potential resident is a good fit for the Hope House recovery program. If it is determined they are a good fit for the program, they are given a date and time to be at the Hope House to do their intake.
Once individuals enter into the long-term program, they start a 12 step program called Life Recovery. Our Life Recovery program holds meetings once a week that every individual is required to attend. Life Recovery takes approximately 120 days to complete. During this time residents are asked not to be employed, be in an active relationship, or to have access to any electronic communication devices. During this period, each individual is given goals specific to their needs. They are also drug and alcohol tested on a regular basis to confirm they are maintaining sobriety.
Once the individual has completed the 12 steps, they will begin meeting with a trained discipleship mentor to walk them through 3 areas of life restoration. First they will walk them through what it looks like to be restored in the their spiritual life. Next they will walk through what it looks like to be restored Psychologically. Last they will walk them through what it looks like to be restored Socially. Each one of these areas last about 4 weeks, for a total of 12 weeks.
After they have completed the 3 areas of discipleship, they will move into a Transitional Hope House. While in the Transitional Hope House they are encouraged to begin looking for employment. We do continue our drug and alcohol screenings to verify they are maintaining sobriety. While in the Hope House, someone who has been trained to be a peer support or mentor will come alongside the individual to continue offering support. This persons primary role is to build a relationship with the individual and be an example of what a healthy friendship looks like. They will also help mentor them in areas such as finances, parenting, proper hygiene, etc. Each mentor goes through a training process and is taught how to properly walk someone through areas they may struggle in.
Once an individual has completed all the steps above, secured employment, has maintained their sobriety, and is financially able, they are encouraged to begin looking for sustainable housing. Their mentor will help them look for and secure appropriate/affordable housing that will meet their needs. Once that individual moves out, they are encouraged to volunteer 2 hours a week for 3 months to help maintain the relationships they have built while in the program.