Phase 1 – A New Life Start Objectives
A. Sobriety – intoxicants are an expression of dependence and the influence of them compromises the character, judgment, behavior, and spiritual growth of the resident – all in a negative way. Living without them allows the resident an opportunity to experience an improved lifestyle without the constraints they impose on him.
B. Servant Leadership – life change requires a reversal of attitude from self to others. Some individuals have not been exposed to the satisfaction that helping others can provide. This positive change in attitude makes him a positive influence in any community where he resides making him a desirable member of the community.
C. Christ Centered Life – godliness involves a release of self will – the difference between taking and giving. Godliness allows the resident to be successful on many levels and remakes his life from the inside outward, making a transformed life, giving him satisfaction and joy within and bringing excellence to the work of his hands as in the Beatitudes. Matt 5:1-12
Phase 2 -- Developing Growth Objectives
A. Developing a New Perspective – growing out of dependence into independence is the course of an overcoming life. With it comes the confidence to take on new challenges with a positive attitude. Because this is not solely self-confidence, the resident’s confidence is not accompanied with an attitude of arrogance.
B. Developing Work Habits – acquisition of habits for a respectful work ethic that includes excellence, diligence, and communication skills. Habits are behavior patterns that are acquired through repetitive use. Although some habits are job specific, these are cross functional to every ethical work setting.
C. Developing Life Focus – success requires a vision that replaces the old life. Setting correct goals for a new life path is essential to a transition. Goal setting provides the resident with a clear focus as to what he seeks to achieve and a vision of the end result that leads him in his walk with the Lord.
3 – Developing an Independent Life Objectives
A. Planning Career Goals – learning how to implement the vision. As a life’s vision leads a person onward, concrete achievement milestones are required to stay “on-track”. Whether working as an employee, starting one’s own business, or working in a ministry, these “faith steps” (planned in prayer) keep him in a right relationship with God as he moves on to capture his vision.
B. Money Maturity – proper earning, saving, accounting, and spending. Improper handling of money is a significant cause of many of life’s failures – the resident must learn to properly budget, bank, and invest as a steward of the resources that God has given him. Love of it causes the waste of it (either under/over spent) leading to the expression that “a fool and his money are soon parted”.
C. Practice the Plan – putting it all together with a safety net below. While it is true that a “Failure to plan is planning to fail”, that is also true of a failure to implement the plan. This ministry is a committed support network of mentors and ministry staff that acts as a “safety net” of godly guidance and encouragement as the resident begins his “faith steps” to a new life.
1. Practical Application of Structure
Social skill development is not just one of the goals of the ministry, it is the consequence of discipleship – it is a product of the transformed life that occurs without focused training or rules as the Holy Spirit reworks the resident’s values, his care for others, and his submission to the Lord. The changes are self-evident in many ways, but those listed below are significant to this ministry:
A. Open Minded -- the ability to see the perspective of others on matters in a dispute (whether they are seen to be correct or not).
B. Cooperative -- a willingness to concede a matter to another rather than demanding an acceptance of their own viewpoint.
C. Caring -- an ability to see another requiring assistance and to respond to that need unasked.
D. Teamwork -- an attitude of “we” instead of “me”.
E. Adult Attitude – a “macho” perspective no longer dominates the way in which they view their place in society.
F. "Truthing" – able to share the truth in love (rather than in an abrasive way) that avoids hurting others.
2. Work Assignments & Job Site Disbursement
The ministry has a goal of improving the Resident’s work skills. Work skills consider not only the ability to perform labor, but also acquiring the techniques of the craft, proper tool usage, planning and layout skills, and on the job safety. The ministry exposes the residents to a variety of employment possibilities to assist them in deciding upon a career path.
A. The ministry interviews the resident to understand what his self-assessment is in terms of aptitudes and personal desires.
B. The resident is given a variety of apprenticeship opportunities, apply his personal talents and to hone interpersonal skills.
C. The ministry does provide a classroom environment to learn some employment skills and techniques. We want to create a family environment among the residents and encourage the free exchange of ideas and work experience among themselves.
D. In the course of job exposure and discussion with colleagues, it is anticipated the resident will learn to work smarter rather than harder. He will learn the methods, planning, and layout skills that will make him more productive in the workplace.
3. Establishing Personal Goals & Assessment
Without focus, a man without goals simply floats through life like a raft set adrift with no means of steerage or propulsion:
A. As the resident emerges from his blackout and phase 1 period and is found to be ready for Phase 2, the ministry staff prayerfully meets with him to gain understanding of his desires concerning his life’s direction. Short term goals are set consistent with his aspirations. Informal notes are taken and signed, dated, and inserted into his personal file.
B. Opportunities available in skilled training /apprenticeship are shared with the resident, and the “best fits” are reviewed with him. In this portion of training, the resident learns to “fit in” at the work environment. Ministry staff keeps a watchful eye on him and perhaps a colleague may assume a mentoring role at day’s end.
c. Meetings are scheduled to track completion of the skilled training /apprenticeship goals to determine how resident’s workplace orientation is progressing, to provide advice, or respond to a request for alternate opportunities.
d. As they are satisfactory completing the apprenticeship portion of his training, the resident is provided with developing relationships with employers who are willing to employ residents in various areas of construction, small business, franchises, and cleaning/janitorial entry level opportunities to provide on-the- job, hands-on, skilled training.
e. Based upon the Resident’s job training choices, both short and longer term life goals are discussed with him. A list of training milestones is developed to help the resident stay “on target” during his Phase 2 skilled training and informal notes are taken, signed, dated and inserted into his personal file. The employment milestones are reviewed with him routinely for the duration of his training and feedback is solicited from his trainer as well.
f. Upon successful completion of skilled training/ apprenticeship (Phase 2), the resident has been judged to be equipped to strike out alone while still under the protective umbrella of the ministry. Here, the resident embarks on his long term goals for building a new life. (Phase 3) It is his chance to “solo” while the ministry maintains a “safety net” under him.
g. His first goal will be to enter his selected field of endeavor as: 1) an employee, 2) launching his own business, or 3) a service oriented ministry.
h. His second goal will be to continue to participate in a Christian fellowship of his choosing without requirement. His attendance of such fellowship may be monitored and a level of accountability is encouraged. For the duration of his stay till graduation, he has access to and support from the ministry and colleagues alike. The balance of his goals will go with him as he “launches out” into a new journey.
How the Program works
Program/training tuition fees are a minimum of $1500.00 a month. But the participants are only responsible for the first $500.00 each month. the remaining $1000.00 is what they contribute by working outside the Ranch. If the participants are not able to pay $500.00 a month it will be an accumulating balance that will carry forward. Program/training tuition fees are paid several ways. If participants received SSI funds, DOC, state rental assistance or other funds those funds will be required to be paid to the ministry. For those whose $500.00 comes from those sources, only the hours you work outside the property count toward a weekly stipend if they participant in work outside the property and on work blessing jobs. Provided their monthly fees are paid. The Program participants will not be paid directly. Only work outside the property will count towards paying fees. We will keep track of outside work/ volunteer and work blessing hours. So we can track the value of your contribution to the program. All Program participants are required to be in training and or working while in the Program. A min of 30 hr. a week. If you are working outside the program, you are required to put in at least 10 hrs a week extra on the property. Each resident will be required to work as much as he is able around the program property. All residents who remain on the property due to a lack of outside work will be required to work on the property M-F between the hours of 8 am to 3 pm. Special consideration will be given towards those who have physical disabilities. When each participant enters the program they will be placed in one of the three phases. It is in the best interest of the participants to be able to focus solely on their relationship with God during the first few months. This is the what the first phase is about.
All funds received pay for the program expenses. (Rent, utilities, work training stipends, vehicle gas and maintenance, cable/internet, cleaning supplies, insurance, tobacco, special group events, newspaper, paper goods, ministry supply’s, new arrivals starter kits and Leadership stipends) Any remaining funds will be place in the General Relief Fund.(GRF) The GRF funds are allocated to meet the extra resident financial needs. (DOC fees, courts costs, driver licenses fees and any special personal needs) Also a minimal stipend, in some cases, maybe be paid to house managers or those working in the store, or as determined by the Program management.
In the first two phases of the program participants outside employment will controlled by the program leadership. Resident may work outside of the Program for non-sponsored employers during the first two phases with special permission only but those fund will be held by the program leadership and distributed on an as needed basis. All work outside with ministry connect employers will be considered volunteer work. (Winners Inc., Pipe Guys, etc.)
Because enormous costs associated with running this ministry and the great liability of providing work we can’t have employees. We desire to have valid L & I insurance for all volunteers but it cost about $3.00-$5.00 per hour. This is why its financially unfeasible to pay wages. Also we are training you to work and you don’t have the proficiency and speed that others have. You may have some ability but you need to develop consistency and dependability. Your skill level is not profitable to compete in the market place. In order for us to secure jobs for training we have to be able to offer paying clients a greater value and service to them than others. Also we desire to serve people who can’t afford even a moderate cost. This is where we work for a donation. They pay what they can afford. We are a school just like Bates technical college. Just like Bates you have to pay your instructors. The $500.00 you pay does not cover all the costs. The idea is that you are paying people to invest their time and talents into you. To mentor you. They are worthy of the pay.
Each person will be evaluated and placed into the appropriate level of the program. Also every month or so you be reevaluated to make sure that your programming properly and that you are achieving your goals. It is a goal that within the programming time frame that you be retrained, reprogram and your vision for your future revitalized. That you will truly understand better what your calling from God is, your purpose in life and you have the tools and resources to see that come to pass.