New Life Program
Our New Life Program is a path towards transformation. Our clients graduate with a renewed sense of purpose in life and a deeper relationship with God.
Before beginning this long-term program, clients first go through transitional and probation phases. Transient individuals who have stayed at one of our shelters for at least three consecutive nights may also join the program. As clients they will enter the transitional phase. Afterwards, there are three main phases of the program, each lasting 12 weeks.
Transitional Phase (1–30 days)
This is a time of transition for clients, from the lives they were leading, to their new life within the program. Our clients receive help building life skills such as cooking and cleaning. They also attend bible studies and addiction/recovery classes.
Probation phase (4+ weeks)
Adjusting to a new way of living can be challenging so we give clients at least four weeks in this probation phase. During this time they focus on keeping to the ministry standards and the program requirements. Clients also continue to take part in the introductory classes and counseling.
In this first phase, clients continue addiction/recovery classes, go to bible studies and receive counseling. They also attend chapel services and life management classes. Community service/work therapy is a big part of this phase. Clients spend four hours a day doing tasks that help build job skills. Dependability, integrity, independence and development are the goals.
At the end of Phase One, clients graduate having completed their classes, opened a financial account, and found part-time work.
While our clients have part-time work during Phase Three, they still take part in their regular program activities. This includes morning devotions, addiction/recovery classes, bible studies and church services. Counseling is also ongoing. At least four hours of daily community service/work therapy helps clients with financial planning to pay fees, fines and debts.
To enter Phase Three, clients must have obtained full-time employment (40 Hours/week). Regular program activities continue, including counseling and church attendance. Community service/work therapy hours decrease to at least eight hours a week. The main focus for clients in this phase is spiritual growth and meeting their program objectives. This includes beginning preparations for independent housing, transportation, and cost of living budgeting.
Clients graduate from this phase and from the entire program with a diploma recognizing their achievement.