The Program Details

Rules and Regulations
General Rules and Regulations for all Stages Intake Assessment

In order to be accepted into the Village Mercy (VM) 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 they must 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.

The cost of the program
There is no monthly charge for the Village Mercy program. The men work forty hours per week to pay their way through the program. We do however charge a one-time non-refundable R1,000.00 administration fee that must be paid prior to entry into the program. If you are a second time applicant you will be charged R2,000.00 for the administration fee.
Advocates
Once a counselee completes his Forgiveness Meeting, he will be required to have an approved advocate that he meets with once a week.
Disciplinary Procedures
If a counselee is involved in a disciplinary issue that goes beyond the ability of the house management, 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 counselee is unwilling to repent and conform to the rules set forth, they will be brought before the Board again. This time it will be to review the possibility of removal from the program.
    Dispute Resolution Between Residents
    When a dispute arises between two counselees, they will be required to resolve it amongst 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 Director, and it will be determined whether the process for following the Disciplinary Procedures should be followed at that point. The counselees must comply with any sanctions handed
    down by the Board’s decision.
  6. Removal from the program
    There are three reasons a counselee may be asked to leave the Village Mercy program immediately. The first is a drug or alcohol relapse of any kind, which includes 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 counselee 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. However, every expulsion will be reviewed by the Board to determine what avenues of restoration are available.

Counseling
All counselees will be required to fill out and return a PDI (personal data inventory) for entry into the program. They will have at least two counseling sessions per month with an assigned counselor(s). They will be required to participate and complete all assigned homework.
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.
Tobacco Products
The use of any kind of tobacco products is strictly forbidden (chew, cigarettes, cigars, patches, eCigs etc.).
Foul language
There will be no foul language or coarse joking of any kind allowed in the Village Mercy Program.
Pornography
There will be no pornography of any kind (movies, magazines, phone calls etc.) allowed on the premises of the Village Mercy Residential Home or in any program functions.
Music
There will be no abusive music (music that contains sexual innuendos, drug references, foul language etc.) allowed in the Village Mercy Residential Home or in any program functions. Only Christian albums, approved by the Director, will be allowed. Radio stations must be approved by the Village Mercy Director. Absolutely no Mp3 players, I-Pods, or any other device used for private listening situations.
Forbidden Items
Cell phones (activated or not)
I-Pod, mp3, or any other private listening devices
Energy Drinks
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
Supplements for workouts: (Pre-Workout stimulant supplements are not allowed while residents are in the program.)
Any resident in either Stage 5 or Stage 4 of the Village Mercy program who has a Facebook account must allow the Director and the Associate Director to be friends on it.

Stage 5 Specific Rules and Regulations
The first 30 days
Upon arrival, the resident will be on a 30 day black-out period: No phone calls, mail or visits. The resident must attend outside mandatory programs with others. 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 30 days. The first 30 days will be extended until all requirements for the Forgiveness Meeting have been met and the Forgiveness Meeting has been successfully completed.


30-90 days.

Once the resident completes the Forgiveness Meeting, they are allowed to have in house visits (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 advocate/counselor/VM staff member. All others are allowed to arrange visits to the VM. Residential Home, but they will not be allowed to take residents off-site. Residents are also allowed to use the phone during approved times (see recreation and phone schedule).

90-180 days
After a resident has been in the program for 90 days, they will be 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 residents.
Completion
After 6 months in Stage 5, residents will undergo an evaluation with the director who will consult with their personal counselor and other relevant members to determine whether they are ready to progress to Stage 4. If it is decided they need additional time, this step will repeat itself monthly until they are determined ready to transition to Stage 4.

In House Recreation Times
Phones

Residents will be allowed to call an approved call list of immediate family plus 5 more contacts during scheduled call times. All contacts will be reviewed and approved by the Director before they are added to the list to ensure that residents are keeping communication with those who will be an encouragement to their growth in the program. The total call time will not exceed 60 minutes per week. This contact list is established during the first 30 days of Stage 5.

Friday 17:00 to 23:00
Saturday 13:00 to 22:00
Sunday 13:00 to 22:00

Weightlifting (When weights are available)
Monday 17:00 to 18:00
Thursday 17:00 to 18:00

Friday 1700 to 2000
Saturday 1300 to 1700

Music
Monday-Thursday 1700 to 1900
Friday 1700 to 2100
Saturday 1300 to 2100
Sunday 1500 to 1900


Any otherwise schedule items take precedent over the recreation schedule.
Visitation
Saturdays 1300 to 2100 (No visits the last Saturday of every month. The last Saturday of the month is reserved for house fellowship.)
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 families traveling long distances. If you have a Sunday visit, you must still attend our church service: it is mandatory. A written visitation plan MUST be to the director by Thursday morning each week.

If you do not submit a visiting plan, you will not be allowed a visit that
weekend. For families that are not given out of town privileges, they are more than welcome to attend the same church service as the resident, however, because Sunday is not a scheduled visit day, the resident will not be allowed to visit after the service (this includes lunch and/or rides back to the Village Mercy facility).

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). They will be required to participate in all studies, meetings, and classes.

They will be required to have all homework done that is
assigned from the studies, meetings, and classes. They will be required to attend all Sunday church services at Kathorus Bible Church while in Stage 5.

Work Requirements
Residents will be required to work every workday (weekends and holidays exempted) with the Village Mercy work crews.

They will have daily chores to do each day (including
weekends and holidays) 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 (including debit/credit/food card, etc…) to the Director and these will be kept in the Village Mercy house safe. They may have money at any time during scheduled store runs or during visits, provided they have a need. They must also provide a receipt showing proof of it being used on the said item(s). No monies are allowed until after the Forgiveness Meeting requirements have been met. 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 Saturdays ONLY from 1100-1300.
Arrangements for the completion of house chores must be made prior to shopping.
Residents 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. They are not allowed to shop with counselors or advocates.
Females
There will be no females allowed in the Village Mercy Residential Home unless the visit is pre-approved and in the designated visiting area.

Stage 4 Specific Rules and Regulations
The first 30 days

If residents are transitioning from Stage 5 to Stage 4, during the first month they are in Stage 4 they will be allowed to job search and begin to transition out of Stage 5. Until they secure a job, they will be required to continue with the Stage 5 work program and attend daily devotionals and evening Bible Studies.

If counselees have not come down from Stage 5, they will be required to start from the beginning of the devotional plan, and they will need to work on identifying their sins and establish a plan for forgiveness meetings with those they have wronged.

30-90 days
Counselees will be required to attend all weekly scheduled events. Counselees will meet regularly with a counselor and be paired with an advocate that will be a member of the church the counselee will attend at a later time.

Completion
After 3 months in Stage 4, residents will undergo an evaluation with the director who will consult with their personal counselor and other relevant members to determine whether they are ready to progress to Stage 3. If it is decided they need additional time, this step will repeat itself monthly until they are determined ready to transition to Stage 3.

Moving to Stage 5
The Director can implement discipline in the form of requiring the counselee to move into Stage 5 if it is determined that Stage 4 is not providing enough current structure for the counselee.

Studies and Meetings


Counselees will be required to attend all studies, meetings, and classes both in house and at the church (see schedule and required programming). They will be required to participate in all studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to have all homework done that is assigned from the studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to attend all Sunday church services at Kathorus Bible Church while in Stage 4 for the first 30 days and until they have an advocate if they have not come through Stages 5 already. Once they have
completed their first 30 days and they have been paired with an advocate, they must attend all Sunday services and Wednesday services at the church their advocate attends.

Homework
All counselees will be required to do all homework assigned by their Director, counselor, or from any Bible study or service attended. Failure to consistently complete homework will be considered a breach of contract by the counselee.

Stage 3 Specific Rules and Regulations
The first 30 days
In the first 30 days, if counselees have not come down from Stage 4, they will be required to start from the beginning of the devotional plan, and they will need to work on identifying their sins and establish a plan for forgiveness meetings with those they have wronged.

30-90 days
Counselees will be required to discuss the weekly schedule with the director and agree upon which of the morning activities and evening Bible Studies they will be required to attend. Once agreed upon, they will be required to attend all daily activities in the agreement.

Completion
After 3 months in Stage 3, counselees will undergo an evaluation with the director and their personal counselor to determine whether they are ready to progress to Stage 2. If it is decided they need additional time, this step will repeat itself monthly until they are determined ready to transition to Stage 2.

Moving to Stage 4 or 5
The Director can implement discipline in the form of requiring the counselee to move into either Stage 4 or Stage 5 if it is determined that Stage 3 is not providing enough current structure for the counselee.

Studies and Meetings
Counselees will be required to attend all studies, meetings, and classes both in house and at the church (see schedule and required programming) based on the agreed upon schedule when joining Stage 3. They will be required to participate in all studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to have all homework done that is assigned from the studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to attend all Sunday church services at Kathorus Bible Church while in Stage 3 for the first 30 days and until they have an advocate if they have not come through Stages 4 or 5 already. Once they have completed their first 30 days and they have been paired with an advocate, they must attend all Sunday services and Wednesday services at the church their advocate attends.

Homework
All counselees will be required to do all homework assigned by their Director, counselor, or from any Bible study or service attended. Failure to consistently complete homework will be considered a breach of contract by the counselee.

Stage 2 Specific Rules and Regulations
The first 30 days
In the first 30 days, if counselees are not progressing from higher stages and are completely new to the Village Mercy Program, they will be required to start from the beginning of the
devotional plan, and they will need to work on identifying their sins and establish a plan for
forgiveness meetings with those they have wronged.

30-90 days
Counselees will be required to discuss the weekly schedule with the director and agree upon which of the evening Bible Studies they will be required to attend. Once agreed upon, they will be required to attend all daily activities in the agreement.

Completion
After 3 months in Stage 2, counselees will undergo an evaluation with the director and their personal counselor to determine whether they are ready to progress to Stage 1. If it is decided they need additional time, this step will repeat itself monthly until they are determined ready to transition to Stage 1.

Moving to Stage 3, 4, or 5
The Director can implement discipline in the form of requiring the counselee to move into Stage 3, 4, or Stage 5 if it is determined that Stage 2 is not providing enough current structure for the counselee.

Studies and Meetings
Counselees will be required to attend all studies, meetings, and classes both in house and at the church (see schedule and required programming) based on the agreed upon schedule when joining Stage 2. They will be required to participate in all studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to have all homework done that is assigned from the studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to attend all Sunday church services at Kathorus Bible Church while in Stage 2 for the first 30 days and until they have an advocate if they have not come through Stages 3, 4, or 5 already. Once they have completed their first 30
days and they have been paired with an advocate, they must attend all Sunday services and Wednesday services at the church their advocate attends.

Homework
All counselees will be required to do all homework assigned by their Director, counselor, or from any Bible study or service attended. Failure to consistently complete homework will be considered a breach of contract by the counselee.

Stage 1 Specific Rules and Regulations
The first 30 days

In the first 30 days, if counselees are not progressing from higher stages and are completely new to the Village Mercy Program, they will be required to start from the beginning of the devotional plan, and they will need to work on identifying their sins and establish a plan for forgiveness meetings with those they have wronged.

30 days and beyond
Counselees will be required to discuss the weekly schedule with the director and agree upon which of the evening Bible Studies they will be required to attend. Counselees must attend at least 2 evening bible studies per week, and they must attend the Sunday Services at the church which their advocate is a member.

Completion
Counselees are encouraged to remain in Stage 1 so that they can constantly be involved with their advocate, receive periodic counseling, and have constant accountability happening in their lives.

Moving to Stage 2, 3, 4, or 5
The Director can implement discipline in the form of requiring the counselee to move into Stage 2, 3, 4, or Stage 5 if it is determined that Stage 1 is not providing enough current structure for the counselee.

Studies and Meetings
Counselees will be required to attend all studies, meetings, and classes both in house and at the church (see schedule and required programming) based on the agreed upon schedule when joining Stage 1. They will be required to participate in all studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to have all homework done that is assigned from the studies, meetings and classes. They will be required to attend all Sunday church services at Kathorus Bible Church while in Stage 1 for the first 30 days and until they have an advocate if they have not come through Stages 2, 3, 4, or 5 already. Once they have completed their first 30 days and they have been paired with an advocate, they must attend all Sunday services at the church their advocate attends.

Homework
All counselees will be required to do all homework assigned by their Director, counselor, or from any Bible study or service attended. Failure to consistently complete homework will be considered a breach of contract by the counselee.