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 acknowledgment 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 the Fishers Farm program. The men work thirty hours per week to pay their way through the program.
Blackout (probation) (the first 31 days) Upon arrival, the resident will be on a 31 day black- out period. No phone calls or visits. The resident may attend outside mandatory programs with others, as long as the others attending are not on black-out 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.
(31 to 365 days) Once the resident completes blackout, they are allowed to have visitation (see visiting schedule). They can also leave for a set amount of time to shop, go to lunch, etc. As long as they stay in the local area, and are with an approved mentor. They are also allowed to use the phone (see recreation and phone schedule).
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. They must be willing to abide by whatever biblical resolution is set forth.
Dispute Resolution Between Residents
When a dispute arises between two residents, they will be required to resolve it amongst themselves using proper biblical procedures Matt. 18. If it continues to be a problem after that, the issue will be brought before the director. The resident must comply with any sanctions handed down by the director’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.
In House Recreation Times
Phones Friday: after evening bible study to 12:00 a.m. Saturday: 1:00p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturdays only: 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. With an approved sponsor only. There will be exceptions made on holidays for visits. There will also be exceptions made for out of state or families traveling long distances. (visitation is only allowed within 1-hour travel from Fishers Farm) If you have a Sunday visit, you must still attend our church service, it is mandatory. Residents are not allowed to go on visitation with one another or are not allowed to be picked up by past residents.
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 the 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.
Residents will be required to work every day with Fishers Farm work crews. We work as though we are working unto the Lord in all we do. 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. Residents are required to make their bed every morning and have their living area clean and neat.
The residents are not allowed to leave the premises without permission from the director or the house manager. They are only allowed to leave with another resident. They must notify them upon departure and return. They must also make it clear where they are going, and why.
Residents will be required to turn in all monies to the Director. They will be kept in the Fishers Farm savings account. They may not have cash at any time. If there is a need a family may send monies to Fishers Farm and we can take care of that need.
The use of any kind of tobacco products is strictly forbidden (chew, cigarettes, cigars, etc.).
There will be no foul language or coarse joking of any kind allowed at Fishers Farm.
There will be no females allowed at Fishers Farm unless the visit is per-approved and in the designated visiting area.
There will be no pornography of any kind (movies, magazines, phone calls, etc.) allowed on the premises of Fishers Farm.
There will be no abusive music (music that contains sexual references, drug references, foul language, etc.) allowed in Fishers Farm. Only Christian CDs approved by the director will be allowed. Absolutely no Mp3 players, iPods, or any other device used for private listening situations.
Only approved movies may be played on television. Anything sexual, extremely violent, or inappropriate is not allowed.
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 –(that displays or encourages sex, drugs, violence, etc.) Check Books, Debit/Credit Cards & Gift Cards.