Frequently Asked Questions
IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION?
The curriculum is designed for adults; therefore, we accept women that are 18 years and older.
IS THERE A PROGRAM FOR MEN?
Our program is currently for adult women. We offer pastoral support for husbands of the women in our program through our Family Recovery Program and will assist men looking for help to connect with like-minded centres for men. Future planning includes a men’s program.
CAN I APPLY IF I HAVE LEGAL ACTION PENDING?
Yes, depending on the circumstances. If you have pending legal action, ask one of our intake specialists how we can work with you.
HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
The program is based on a twelve-month curriculum. Durations can vary depending on the individual needs. Following graduation, we offer a program for a second full year called Servant Leadership Training (SLT), focused on the development of leadership gifts. Graduates may apply to attend.
WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM COST?
There is a non-refundable $1,000 entrance fee. The monthly costs for housing, training, and meals are geared to income, so that no one would be denied based solely on finances. Each resident will be assisted in meeting these monthly costs by helping them to apply for government assistance such as sick benefits, social assistance etc. to be applied to the monthly costs. The generous support of many through our Champions for Change program, individual donations and fundraisers help cover a significant portion of the program costs.
CAN I SMOKE?
Smoking is not permitted under any circumstances on the property. New residents are required to quit smoking (if they have not already done so) when they arrive. A short-term nicotine patch wean-off plan may be considered as part of your recovery. There is a no smoking policy for all visitors as well.
WHAT ABOUT PHONES, TV, RADIO, AND INTERNET?
Residents in the program are here to focus on changing their lives, behaviors, attitudes, beliefs, and character. Distractions like TV, radio, and internet are not allowed for this reason while attending the twelve-month regeneration program. Residents are encouraged to focus on rebuilding relationships with families through letter-writing. Phone calls are permitted in extenuating circumstances, where appropriate for the individuals’ welfare and recovery.
CAN I SEE MY FAMILY?
After a 3-week orientation period, residents may have visits from family or friends who are a positive influence in their lives. They must be registered on the pre-approved Visitor List. Visits are Sunday 9am-5pm. New visitors are required to attend a visitor orientation class prior to their first visit and advise the office by 12pm Wednesday prior to their intended visit.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
You will need to bring clothing for four seasons, shoes, toiletries, identification documents, and a Bible with you to the program. A more comprehensive list is included in the program packet.
WHAT IF I NEED TO BUY SOMETHING?
There is a canteen on-site that has all your everyday needs like toiletries, paper, pens, cards, and snacks, open during different times of the week to facilitate purchases. Residents have a canteen “fund” and can add to it through work opportunities.
HOW MUCH MONEY CAN I KEEP ON MY PERSON?
Money can be a trigger and create a struggle on our road to recovery. Therefore, there is a $20 maximum allowance for cash on our person. Cash gifts can go into the canteen fund, directed towards the program costs, or deposited in your bank account.
WHY SO MANY RULES?
The life of those who struggle with substance abuse is strewn with chaos. Anger, resentment, fear, frustration, and remorse is built up in one’s heart. Bringing a number of these individuals together under one roof has the potential for disaster. But it is also the starting place for success. Everyone working together for the same purpose and common good helps to spur each other forward. The rules and guidelines create the road map and boundaries that help lead one to this success.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
The program is relationally focused on restoring our relationship with God, others, and ourselves. A four-part curriculum over the course of twelve months helps an individual take responsibility, give and receive forgiveness and healing, and develop their character. Occupational therapy supports the establishment of a good work ethic and employment skills.
HOW IS THE PROGRAM FUNDED?
The Champions for Change program is funded primarily through faithful supporters that want to see individuals set free from addiction and life-controlling problems. Resident fees help to offset the costs. If you would like to know more about partnering with us, please call us at 613-394-3341. Or become a Champion for Change today!