Rules and Guidelines

Our Program Rules Have Developed Through Years of Experience

We are often asked about the rules associated with our program, and have included this page to help you. They were created from the mindset of both protecting the client while attending our Christian based recovery program, and also to give them the best possible opportunity to recover and receive God's presence.

Providence Ministries Recovery Program Rules and Guidelines

We hope your stay here will be helpful. Everyone staying here must abide by the rules and decisions made by the staff. Anyone who continues failing to abide by these rules will be asked to leave. We are here to help you get back on your feet. We expect you to do your part.

1. Your picture will be taken when you come in. You will be required to get photo ID if you do not have one, at your own expense. Once you check in for the day, you are here to stay. If previous arrangements have not been made with staff, you will not be let in. If you have something to do, you must do it before coming in. No personal vehicles will be allowed on the premises.
2. There is a zero tolerance policy for drugs and alcohol anywhere on this property. We reserve the right to drug or alcohol test anyone at any time. Refusal to submit to testing will be taken as admission of drug or alcohol use and you will be asked to leave. Anyone testing positive will not be allowed to stay. Anyone submitting a fraudulent urine specimen or providing a specimen for another person will be discharged from the program.
3. Absolutely no profanity or obscene gestures will be tolerated here.
4. Please keep shirts and shoes on and no shorts to be worn outside the dorm areas. Only Bermuda-type shorts are allowed in the dorm.
5. No radios, wireless devices (cell phones, palm pilots, iPods, mp3's etc.) CDs, cassettes, Walkman's are allowed. Also, no clothing that promotes alcohol, tobacco, drugs, rock music or offensive logos will be allowed. No jewelry (necklaces, rings), or body pierced ornaments, the only jewelry allowed is a wedding ring and watch.
6. Television is monitored by the Asst. Dorm Leader. This is a privilege, not a right. T.V. will be turned off at 10:00 pm weekdays and 11:00 pm on Friday, Saturday and holidays. Consult Assistant Dorm Leader in choosing programs to watch so that television viewing will not be discontinued; inappropriate programs include (MTV, BET, CMT, some FOX and FX programs.) All videos and DVD's must be approved in advance by the Director or the Chaplain (NO EXCEPTIONS.)
7. Smoking is not permitted anywhere inside this building. Smoking is allowed only on the patio outside the men's area. Please use butt cans! No food is allowed in the smoking areas.
8. Climbing the fence (smoking area) for entry or exit or the exchange of items over the patio fence will be cause for dismissal.
9. If you are in need of something, please consult with staff. Do not go directly to a church or its members without permission. With many items or problems, we may be able to put you in touch with the proper agency. Don't hesitate to ask.
10. Absolutely no arguing, fighting, gambling or taking anything that does not belong to you will be tolerated. You will be asked to leave and may open yourself to criminal prosecution.
11. Lockers and beds will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You are responsible for keeping your bed made and your area neat.
12. Personal cleanliness is a must. If this becomes a problem, you will be asked to leave. (Each man must shower every day, and in the evening hours only.)
13. Absolutely no one is permitted in the thrift store or other parts of the building without permission or assignment from the staff. No loitering or smoking in front of building. Also, no one is permitted in offices, linen or supply closets, or kitchen without permission. Breaks will be taken in the dorm. Never take anything from the store, or store dumpsters or trashcans to the dormitory or anywhere. This constitutes theft.
14. Absolutely no casual conversation with women while in the program. No conversation is allowed with any females attending scheduled church services or recovery meetings. No female contact while on ½ day or off-premises privileges. Men have a 45 second, business-only, limit placed on their conversation with community service workers, female employees or customers of the thrift store.
15. Everyone staying here is responsible for helping clean up, not just a few. Graciously do your part.
16. Bathrooms are to be kept clean at all times. If you use it, clean it. Have another program man inspect the bathroom immediately after you shower and shave.
17. You will be instructed on which door will be used for entry and exit to your part of the mission. You are expected to use this door only, except in case of emergency. (Traffic is prohibited through the front desk area and administrative office hallway.)
18. Chapel services or Bible studies of the mission are mandatory, even if you are sick.
19. Providence Ministries is not responsible for any accidents that happen to you or your property.
20. Compensation must be made for the destruction of property.
21. Locker inspection may be conducted at any time.
22. If you leave the mission without notifying staff, anything left behind will become the property of the mission.
23. Linens must be changed once a week. (Strip bed down and put sheets and pillowcase in laundry on one of the. days you are assigned to have laundry done each week.)
24. Any participant that is sick will not be allowed in bed, he must report to designate staff to arrange an appointment. (Med-access or Emergency Room.)
25. Proper respect must be shown to all mission staff and volunteers.
26. Do not expect to be compensated for performing assigned duties.
27. Be at meals on time and present for the meal blessing. No meals will be served if one is late, unless program staff has served notification in advance.
28. Bed time and lights out at 10:00 pm weekdays, 11:00 pm on Friday, Saturday, and holidays.
29. No client is to change temperature settings on dormitory, kitchen, or dining room heating and air conditioning thermostats.
30. It is to the advantage of clients to report violations of Mission Rules and Regulations to the Director or his representative. For example, one person drinking alcohol or using drugs could cause another person (who is sincerely trying to recover) to stumble and fall back into alcohol or drug abuse. Another example is theft. If a person steals from the store, he will steal from his roommates. Knowledge of violations, a program man fails to report, is grounds for dismissal.
31. The staff must approve all phone calls before 5:00 pm. Phone calls are limited to (1) incoming or outgoing seven-minute phone call (Daily) Monday - Saturday (for those with less than 30 days in the program - that is one 14 minute or two 7 minute phone calls - on Thursday only.) Participants above 30days also receive (1) 14 minute or (2) 7 minute phone calls on Thursday, everyone has unlimited phone privileges on Sunday (15 minute limit per call). No phone calls after 9:45 pm, in or out, Mon - Sun
Please adhere to the following guide:

Phone Times
Monday 5:30-6:00/8:00-9:45
Tuesday 5:30-7:15/8:30-9:45
Wednesday 5:30-6:15/8:00-9:45
Thursday 5:30-6:00/8:00-9:45
Friday 5:30-6:00/8:00-7:00
Friday w/Graduation 5:30-6:30
Saturday 4:30-6:00/7:30-9:45
Sunday 7:00-9:45/12:45-6:15


32. No one in Phase 1 will leave the mission complex for his first 30 days. (You must have a minimum of 10 days in the program to be eligible for anyone to visit with you here on the premises - however, visitors are allowed to attend church services within this 10-day period.) All visits within the participants first 30 days are on premises. (NO EXCEPTIONS). All program men are off from 1:00 pm until 5:30 pm on Sunday unless mission activities require otherwise. After the first 30 days you may leave the mission complex on Sunday and return at 5:30 pm if signed out by an immediate family member, or legally married spouse (all of which are subject to approval by the staff), otherwise you will be expected back at Providence by 4:00 pm. Phase II men have an additional '/2 day off during the week, and Phase III men have a full day off during the week.
33. Visiting hours are from 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm on Sundays ONLY unless prior approval is granted.
34. All medication is to be placed under the care of the Chaplain or other mission staff, and given out by them. Any person caught with unauthorized drugs will be discharged.
35. A discharged person may not return to the Mission for a period of thirty days.
36. A discharged person or person leaving the program may not reenter the program for a period of three months. Reentry is at the discretion of the staff.
37. No purchases can be made from any Providence Thrift Store, for any item, unless a note accompanies it from the chaplain, or program supervisor giving permission... No program member may charge another program member for services performed: i.e. haircuts, ironing, etc.
38. Clothes will be appropriately fitting. (No dragging, sagging, or holes in pants.) Tank tops or sleeveless shirts, flip-flops, shoes without a heel, and sweat (running) pants are not permitted outside the program dorm.
39. Clothing - If you have absolutely no clothes, you will be supplied with 3 outfits from the thrift store at no cost. Additional clothing, up to having 5 sets of clothes, will be provided based upon volunteer efforts in the store. After that, you can purchase at full-price clothing from the store up to having 10 sets of clothes. (No purchases are allowed if you have 10 sets of clothing) If clothes wear out and are no longer suitable, a replacement shirt or pants can be purchased at the store at full-price. (No exchanges can be made on clothing the participant brought with them into the program.) (Clothing acquired from the thrift store that doesn't fit may be exchanged within 1 week.) Those working in maintenance will be provided 2 or 3 sets of clothes for obvious reasons.
40. Because we are a close-knit community, blood testing will be required to check for infectious diseases. You must provide evidence of recent testing of TB, HEP A, B, and C, and HIV. If you cannot, you will be required to undergo testing at Medical Access at your own expense.
41. No mood altering, over the counter enhancements or stimulants are allowed. Any aspirin or Ibuprofen that you may need will be provided.
42. If you are on a prescription medication upon entering the program, you must make arrangements for continuation of that medication as long as you are in the program. If you desire to go off of the medication, you must have a doctor's release stating that you no longer need the medication.

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