Intake Assessment: In order to be accepted into Fishers Farm Program, a person must meet two mandatory requirements. The first is a true desire to seek God and His Kingdom. The second is a truly repentant heart. They must be in acknowledgement of their sinful lifestyle and have a true willingness to submit to the teachings of scripture. They must not be under the influence of drugs/alcohol when they arrive, and be willing to submit to a urine analysis test. They must be willing to read, sign and adhere to all rules and requirements of the program. There is no monthly charge for Fishers Farm program. The men work forty hours per week to pay their way through the program.
Phase 1- (The first 31 days)Upon arrival, the resident will be on a 31 day blackout period. No phone calls, mail or visits. The resident may attend outside mandatory programs with others, as long as the others attending are not on blackout as well. This period is to aid them in the adjustment of the rules, and more importantly to aid in establishing healthy work, study and prayer habits. They will not be allowed monies of any kind in the first 31 days.
Phase 2- (31 to 365 days)Once a resident graduates into level 2 they are allowed to go on off-site, sponsored visits. These visits must be pre-approved, and they must remain with the pre-approved sponsor at all times. It must be within the set visiting hours (see visitation schedule). There are no overnight visits allowed for single residents. If you are married, in your last month you will be allowed to stay two weekends away with your family for transitional counseling purposes.
Disciplinary Procedures: If a resident is involved in a disciplinary issue, they must do the following: 1.They must first attend a meeting with the Director. 2. If the issue cannot be resolved they will attend a hearing before the Board of Directors. 3.They must be willing to abide by the biblical sanctions set forth by the Board’s decision. 4.They will be required to write a short paper on the biblical principles of the sin they committed and what Scripture says about how to overcome that particular sin. 5. If a person is unwilling to repent and conform to the rules set forth, they will be brought before the Board again.This time to review the possibility of removal from the program.
Dispute Resolution Between Residents: When a dispute arises between two residents, they will be required to resolve it among themselves using proper biblical procedures. This will be done by using a dispute resolution form. If it continues to be a problem after that, the issue will be brought before the Board of Directors. The resident must comply with any sanctions handed down by the board’s decision.
Removal from the Program: There are three reasons a resident may be asked to leave Fishers Farm immediately. The first is a drug or alcohol relapse of any kind, or refusing a drug or alcohol test. The second is fighting or violence of any kind or threats of violence or fighting of any kind. The third is sexual misconduct. If any of these occur, the resident may be asked to remove himself from the premises immediately. A hearing will follow to seek proper biblical restoration. Expulsion from the program is a decision that will be made by the Director....IT IS NOT a board decision.
Biblical Counseling: All residents will be required to fill out and return a PDI (personal data inventory) form. They will have at least two counseling sessions per month. They will be required to participate and complete all assigned homework.
In-House Recreation Times: PhonesFriday: 10 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.Saturday: 1:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m.Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visitation: Saturdays only: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.This applies to both in-house and out of house visitation.*There will be exceptions made on holidays for visits. There will also be exceptions made for out of state or families traveling long distances. If you have a Sunday visit, you must still attend our church service, it is mandatory. Sunday visitation ends at 3.
Sobriety: No drug or alcohol use will be tolerated. You must consent to a drug or alcohol test whenever requested. If you refuse one, you will be treated as if you tested positive. If you test positive for either drugs or alcohol you may be asked to leave the house immediately. If you are found in possession of either drugs or alcohol you may be asked to leave the house immediately.
Studies and Meetings: Residents will be required to attend all studies, meetings and classes both in house and at the church (see schedule and required programming). You will be required to participate in all studies, meetings and classes. You will be required to have all homework done that is assigned from the studies, meetings and classes. You will be required to attend church services at Strong Tower.
Work Requirements: Residents will be required to work every day with Fishers Farm work crews. You will have daily chores to do each day in the house as well (see chore list). All chores must be finished before any recreational activities can begin.
Travel off premises: The residents are not allowed to leave the premises without permission from the director or the house manager. They must notify them upon departure and return. They must also make it clear where they are going, and why.
Monies: Residents will be required to turn in all monies to the Director. They will be kept in Fishers Farm savings account. They may have money at any time, provided they have a need. They must also provide a receipt showing proof of it being used on the said item(s). They will be allowed to have money (no more than $10.00 at a time) for miscellaneous need (drinks, snacks etc.). No monies are allowed if you are within the first 31 days. Residents are not allowed to lend money or items to one another.Shopping For Personal Items / Personal business: Shopping for personal items will be done on Saturday mornings ONLY from 9:30 –11:00. They must put in writing what they want to purchase. They must also bring back all receipts and correct change, if they have a need (library, internet, appointment or stores of any kind) this too must be done on Saturdays only. No special trips will be made from the house for any of this.They must have approval from or be accompanied by the director or the house manager.
Tobacco Products: The use of any kind of tobacco products is strictly forbidden (chew, cigarettes, cigars etc.).
Foul Language: There will be no foul language or coarse joking of any kind allowed at Fishers Farm.
Females: There will be no females allowed at Fishers Farm unless the visit is pre-approved and in the designated visiting area.
Pornography: There will be no pornography of any kind (movies, magazines, phone calls etc.) allowed on the premises of Fishers Farm.
Music: There will be no abusive music (music that contains sexual innuendos, drug references, foul language etc.) allowed in Fishers Farm. Only Christian cd’s approved by the director will be allowed. Absolutely no Mp3 players, iPods, or any other device used for private listening situations. Monday-Thursday: 5:00 –7:00 Friday: 5:00 –9:00 Saturday: 1:00 –9:00 Sunday: 1:00 –7:00
Television: - You must sign in to use the television in the living room or the den. - The television automatically cuts off after 2 hours of use each day. - T.V. may only be watched during recreational time. - No rated R movies are permitted and PG 13 movies must be approved.
Forbidden Items: -Cell phones (activated or not),I-Pod, MP3, or any other private listening devices -Any electronics with internet capability (i.e.-laptops, iPod touch, PSP, etc) -Video Games (handheld or console) - Prescription Medications w/o prior approval - Derogatory clothing (displays or encourages sex, drugs, violence etc.) - Check Books, Debit/Credit Cards & Gift Cards -Supplements for workouts (vitamins and protein powder are okay if approved by staff. *Any resident at Fishers Farm who has a Facebook or any social media account(s) must allow an approved staff to be friends on it.
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