Fresh Hope Program Outline

The following is an outline of the stages that residents will complete during their rehabilitation process. Residents are required to complete an application to progress to the next stage when they or workers believe they are ready to progress.

Stage 1 (Week 1 – 6)

  • Upon arrival residents are to take part in all activities within the Fresh Hope family, both on and off the premises.
  • Residents are expected to avoid any drug/alcohol talk and talk about their past lives (i.e. where they lived, who they knew). Talk about family and hobbies are ok within reason.
  • The main goals of Stage 1 are to connect with the Fresh Hope family and to move out of self absorption and victim thinking.
  • Attitude is also a very important aspect of Stage 1 and residents will be expected to follow through with any changes that may be hindering their place in the Fresh Hope family.
  • Residents are to begin using star charts and appropriate boundaries with their children
  • (2 yrs and older) and are to take direction from workers regarding parenting,
  • where appropriate.
  • Stage 1 residents in the program are not to spend any time alone with other Stage 1 residents and need to actively work against bonding together.
  • The following rules are also to be respected by the resident:
  • Residents are unable to leave the premises without staff or a stage 3 resident.
  • No contact with family or friends, except in the form of letter writing.
  • After 6 weeks supervised phone calls and following that, supervised visits will be integrated slowly.
  • Residents must stay with staff at all times when on outings.
  • No music in own rooms.
  • If any rules are broken, the resident begins the 6 weeks again.
  • The resident stays in stage 1 until the rules are respected for a period of 6 weeks.
  • Graduation from stage 1 to 2 is not automatic after 6 weeks and takes place slowly.

Stage 2 (Week 7 – 6 months)

  • Residents have bonded with the Fresh Hope family and are beginning to form close personal relationships with workers and other long term residents.
  • Goals within this stage are: to begin working as a team within the household and step in where appropriate to ensure that the house runs smoothly.
  • Attachment with children grows stronger through kid’s day activities, night time routine and consistency in parenting through star charts.
  • Phone contact with family is begun in a supervised manner and progresses throughout the stage to supervised visits.
  • Towards the middle of Stage 2 residents are able to show leadership to Stage 1 residents by explaining chores and giving direction and encouragement where appropriate. However, Stage 2 residents need to continue to refrain from bonding too closely to Stage 1 residents.
  • The following rules are also to be respected by the resident:
  • Permission will be given for leaving the premises but staff must be notified.
  • When on an outing you may have occasional time away from group if approved by staff.
  • Music approved by staff allowed in room, perhaps with headphones.
  • If these rules are broken, the resident returns to stage 1.

Stage 3 (6 – 12 months)

  • Residents take responsibility for the running of the house and guiding Stage 1 and 2 residents in chores, appropriate behavior and nighttime routine (e.g. all residents in bed, turn off lights).
  • Stage 3 residents have formed close bonds with other long term residents in the program and workers.
  • A strong attachment is maintained with children through kid’s day activities, night time routine and consistency in parenting through star charts.
  • From 9 months, Stage 3 residents invite their families to take part in the Family Support Program and begin work on working on specific family issues and how things will be different in the future.
  • Residents are able to obtain a mobile phone and a car to assist them with finding and maintaining a job and commencing studies. The use of the phone and car is closely monitored by staff and access to these things is taken back if not used appropriately.
  • A support family is also established and the resident begins to spend time with them to begin building the relationship.
  • A very important goal within Stage 3 is to begin developing a network of safe friends through avenues of work, study, playgroups or school, church and sporting interests.
  • Residents begin to develop a relapse prevention plan with workers and where necessary, puts it into practice.
  • Towards the end of Stage 3 residents move to a cottage on site to begin getting ready to move into the community. The resident will transition into the cottage slowly with all meals and activities still being carried out with the main house in the beginning. After 4 – 6 weeks the resident will begin to spend more time in the cottage, preparing their own meals and allowing the children to begin getting used to playing as a family unit. Close bonds with the workers and residents are to be maintained however the resident also begins to gain some physical and emotional independence.
  • The following rules are also to be respected by the resident:
  • Permission will be given for leaving the premises but staff must be notified for longer periods.
  • Freedom on outings, but again, staff should be notified.
  • Music approved by staff allowed in rooms, perhaps with headphones.
  • If these rules are broken, negotiation takes place with staff to help find the lesson to be learned or behavior to be changed. Consequences may be given, including a return to an earlier stage or loss of privileges.

Stage 4 (12 – 18 months)

  • Residents successfully complete rental applications and obtained furniture and white goods to transition to the community with the support of the Fresh Hope family and their personal support family.
  • Consistent parenting is continued through the use of star charts and night time routine as this will aid in the transition of the child to the new house.
  • Close bonds with workers and other residents are maintained and honest feedback is invited in areas such as work, study, friendships, relationships and parenting.
  • Residents have a number of safe friends to fulfill areas in their life such as: fun, accountable, confidante, spiritual, encourager, study partner (if applicable).
  • Residents are stable in their work and are moving towards obtaining certification to commence a career in the area of their choice.
  • Relapse prevention plan is used as needed.