Our residents have a set daily schedule that includes narcotics anonymous and alcoholics anonymous meetings, study groups, peer support groups, life skills groups, bible studies, morning inspiration, weekly church, and anger management. These things are listed on a daily schedule posted on an announcement board outside the office so residents know precisely what is going on at any given time within or program. The schedule is read off every morning during our morning inspiration group by staff. In addition, residents are required and expected to shower daily, complete daily chores, and do a weekly deep clean of the house.
Residents are required to keep all appointments, be it medical, dental, court, probation, department of human services, mental health, and social security. All appointments are to be brought up and put on our business list at the house meeting we hold on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
We have a two-week blackout from all electronics, including cell phones and the internet, and a 30-day blackout where residents are only allowed to go out escorted by staff, case managers, or support of senior residents and never out anywhere by themselves. After their 30-day blackout, residents must either look for work or attend school. We are all about helping our residents become better versions of themselves by putting their best foot forward when it comes to every aspect of their lives.
In addition to basic rules, residents have a nightly curfew and can earn weekend passes which build up over time. These time frames consist of 3, 6, 9, and 12-hour passes to take themselves to meetings and spend time with family. We are all about family reunification here at Grace House and work hard to help residents regain their family units.
We are a pillar in the community and do many outreach events throught the week. Some are planned such as our weekly feeding of our unhoused friends, and our monthly senior breakfast. Other ways we help the community might look like helping out in the community such as helping a neighbor with yard work, moving, etc. We help with community events and we are always willing and grateful to help out when we can.