Dear Family and/or Friends, Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to let you know that your Loved one is in the process of settling in and adjusting to her new environment. I want to thank you for entrusting your Loved one into God’s care and ours. Everything here will not be easy for her but will be done with the love and grace of God. We understand the responsibility we have in caring for her. We also understand that you are going through a period of adjustment and want to let you know that we will be praying for you too. I would like to encourage you to take an active role in your Loved one’s healing by writing and calling her. This is a tremendous sign of encouragement and support and in many instances instrumental in her healing and progress while she is here. However, we do ask that you keep the letters and phone calls on an upbeat and positive note- not with news that is heavy or burdensome: this kind of news tends to upset and take her focus off of getting well. If you have negative news that needs to be shared with your Loved one we ask that you talk it over with the Executive Director or Program Director first, and together we will determine how best to share the news with her. I understand that you may have more questions about our discipleship program and all the things that your Loved one may be experiencing. We are available to answer any questions you may have. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need to. Below you will find information about mail, phone calls, visits, and passes. Sincerely, Sharon Pierce- Executive Director
1. When your loved one arrives she will be on a probation period (approx. 14 days). This is to help her adjust to the program and to see if she is going to be compatible with the program. 2. Students are allowed 8 pre-approved households on their communication list; these are the ones that they can write and receive letters from, make and receive phone calls to, and receive visits from. 3. MAIL will begin on the 14th day. All mail is read- outgoing and incoming, and the students are aware of this policy. 4. PHONE CALLS will begin after the 30th day. Phone calls are monitored with staff present at the time of the call. Students are allowed four 10-minute phone calls per week. Phone call times: Monday- Friday 6:00-6:30pm Saturday and Sunday 1:30-5::00pm and 6:00-8:30pm 5. VISITS will begin after the 60th day. Visits are allowed twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Saturday, schedule permitting. Students must request a visit in writing no later than 1 week in advance. Visits are not automatic- they will be approved or denied by the Executive Director. Pre-approved visitors making a visit must call no later than the Wednesday before the visit to confirm that the student is still able to have the visit and to let us know that they are still coming. Visiting Hours: 1:00-3:00 *Saturday visits are on-campus only. Visitors must sign in with staff on duty before the visit begins. Any visitor who is unable to provide proper I.D. may be asked by staff on duty to leave. Visitors can NOT bring drugs or alcohol, medications, matches, lighters, candles or incense, playing cards, radios, electrical appliances, pornographic material, tobacco products, guns or weapons on the premises. Any items brought for the students MUST be checked in through staff before given to the student. The living room, dining room, and porch are designated visiting areas. Student rooms are off-limits to visitors. 6. PASSES- the student is eligible for one 4 hour pass on visitation day when she reaches Training Phase (approx. 4 months). In Training Phase (approx. 4-9 months) she will be eligible for ONE 12 hour pass. In Ministry Phase (approx. 9-12 months) she will be eligible for ONE 2-day pass.