Our program has four phases:
Once accepted, things begin to happen very quickly.
Upon arrival, a new resident begins her 30 day blackout period. This is where everything about her is evaluated and a plan of action tailored to her needs. She will receive a thorough medical examination, dental examination, and meet with her counselor for the first time.
We look at pending legal actions that she is facing and formulate a plan to allow her to complete all court orders. A list of names that will receive progress reports in compiled and placed in her file. We will meet with any DCS case workers and evaluate the situation with her children. She will be registered with DHS and then it's off to the DMV to check on her drivers license status and get a printout of everything needed for reinstatement. She attends her first Christian based 12 step recovery meeting at freedom ministries, attends her first Bible study at the Bridge Community Church, and her first church service on Sunday night. The Bridge will be her home church for the next year. She receives her first Bible study workbook tailored for those in blackout. She will always be in the company of a staff member and never left unattended.
During this period, a new resident is not allowed communication with the outside world. We take a lot of care to not allow old contacts to have any influence. She will be loved on and treated with the upmost respect and dignity. She is taught the love of Jesus and shown this love in a very kind and personal way.
Blackout is also a time for her to decompress and adjust. It's a time to cry and be reassured.
During blackout, a new resident is taught about the rules program and given her first packet of phase work. Liberal one on one time is provided buy staff. It's all about getting ready to begin the journey to her new life. Blackout lasts a total of 4 weeks, then on to phase one.
None of the girls are here by coincidence. They are here by the grace and mercy of a loving God. We do our very best to be Jesus to them.
Phase 3 of the program:
In this phase, a resident will begin the independent living portion of the program. This is where thing start to get really tough. You must work, stick to you budget, keep up all phase work and class obligations, as well as stay current with community service hours. Your apartment must be kept clean, and will be inspected. A resident in this part of the program will be allowed a car for work and appointments. All milage is documented and checked. Drug tests are more random and frequent. Independent living is very hectic and hard to keep up with. There's a reason why. Life outside Maranatha is that way too. We want our girls to be able to handle what real life throws at them and turn to God instead of drugs.
Once a resident completes the month long blackout, she will begin her first of 4 phases at Maranatha. Phase 1 will be 12 weeks long. During this time, the resident will be extremely busy. This is when she begin her weekly phase work. This consists of study materials on a variety of subjects ranging from addiction trigger assessment to God's grace. These will be turned in every Thursday. Each week, in phase one a lady is required to perform: 15 hrs of community service, attend a Christian 12 step meeting , attend 8 bible studies, 2 church services, clean the house, meet with a professional certified counselor, take her turn cooking, keep her bedroom clean, complete any required reading, attend domestic violence and parenting classes, and serve meals on Sunday night at the church. She is allowed a 20 minute phone call to family. She will receive and send mail, subject to inspection. If she has children and visitation is approved, she will now have two day visits per month. Our phase one resident will complete an A and D assessment, meet with her dcs caseworker about her children's permanency plan and set up court approved visitation. She will be allowed visitation (on property) with family, and have family and friends join us Friday evenings for our community meal. During her final 2 weeks of phase one the resident my actively begin seeking employment if she is current with her phase obligations. Maranatha has a 100% job placement rate.
When a lady hits phase two, the changes that have taken place in her are amazing. Not only does she feel energized and clean, but others notice the changes as well. By this time, she has been at Maranatha for 16 weeks. She, by now, has become accustomed the the pace and just when she thinks she's got it down pat, everything gets gets ramped up. Most of the ladies will have a job waiting and will go to work right out of their last phase. The job is key to her being able to pay off her debts, fines, as well as catching up on child support. After an income base is established she will be given a budget designed to get her back to where she needs to be. In addition to her job, she is required to keep up with all her password, required reading, 12 step meetings as well as her classes and community service hrs. A resident in phase 2 will be stretched. She will learn to cope with a very busy life vs he will learn to plan her time and use it wisely. During this period of the program, she will be allowed two overnight visits with her child subject to court approval if applicable. Also, in phase 2, a lady can apply for a 4 hr pass with approved visitors or family. This can include children as well. An itinerary for passes must be submitted 10 days in advance. Pause 2 is where we see a true relationship developed with God. Most girls that ask to be baptized are in phase two.
The home stretch: When a resident enters phase 4, she has been at Maranatha for nine months. By this time, she has learned life skill basics, developed a healthy relationship with God, is working a full time job, learned to manage her time, learned to live on a budget, learned to live independently, faced her legal issues, paid back or is paying back money she owes, developed self discipline, and confidence. Life at this point has become impossibly busy and yet somehow, she manages. She is not the same person that came to Maranatha alone and frightened. Even her looks have changed. Her family for once tells her they are proud of her. She knows first hand About Gods grace and mercy. As a lady progresses through each phase, she is given more freedom and earns more privilege with each advancement. By the time she completes the program, she will be fully integrated into society. The only way to learn life skills is to do them. She will have unlimited use of her insured vehicle, have a cell phone minus social media. She will be able to have unlimited overnight visits with her children, as long as phase work, classes and volunteer hours are current. She will be allowed to travel freely within program guidelines, however she must sign in and out at the yellow house. The phase 4 resident will be writing an exit plan which is a life map of what she intends to do when she leaves Maranatha. This must be approved prior to graduation. She still follows a budget, but handles her own finances, subject to staff inspection. She has a savings account and money put away to get set up in her new life. Finally, after more than a year, the big day arrives. Graduation and a new life. A life built upon the hope of a loving savior. She leaves Maranatha clean, sober, and alive. She leaves with a future and hope. Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.