Our vision for The Hope House is to help men in our community who are struggling with or may be at risk of relapsing to alcohol or controlled substances. Our objective is to create a faith-based aftercare recovery home for men. Our aim is to create a safety net for the men coming out of The Haven of Rest LRP program or any other community recovery programs in order to help them survive the first- year out of rehab without relapse, knowing that this will ensure a solid recovery and a healthier future. Our main goal is to bring hope to the men in our community who are seeking a long-term faith-based recovery option.
Statistics show that relapse rates for substance abuse disorders are estimated to be between 40% and 60% National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018).Aftercare has never been more important to the recovery process of men in the city of Battle Creek. The more we come to understand addiction and recovery, the more we see that men who have had prolonged drug use struggle to maintain their sobriety during the first-year out of treatment In addition it is estimated that within the first-year of recovery relapse rates can increase as high as 85% Behavioral Health of the Palm Beaches, Inc. (BHOPB).
The Hope House is a partnership between Victory Life Church and Hood Church life Recovery Ministry.
Recovery is not just a physiological but spiritual issue. The Hope House is unique because unlike a halfway house that is usually run by government agencies which can be crowded and dorm-like, our Hope House structure is not only a sober living environment, it is structured more like a private residence, affording residents more privacy and comfort not found in the correctional style living environment in most recovery house’s in our community. These have a single person or house man, this promotes bossism and a house master mentality over what he sees as clients, not family. This business as usual mentality takes away from recovery and fans the flames of recidivism. The Hope House can be compared to a miniature teen challenge because we are a faith based recovery home where we promote an atmosphere of acceptance, love, unity and encouragement. The Hope House is an environment that cultivates a culture of mutual accountability.
These men will be required to work and pay rent to live in a safe, clean, and drug free home. Each Hope House is based on three rules:
2. The Hope House must be run democratically.
3. Pay the Equal Expense Shared (EES) cost or any fines.
Equal Expense Shared (EES) is generally between 80 and 160 dollars a week and includes utilities. Men in the Hope House are required to attend regular Bible studies groups or church service along with volunteer services. Weekly business meetings will be mandatory to discuss any issues that the house may be facing. It is at these meetings that checks are written for bills and residents are made aware of where they stand financially. This promotes a productive learning environment where men can hold each other accountable.