We have two major phases:
Our 8-month program commitment consists of 2 phases, but all months are mandatory. A full commitment to the 8 months is required as we have found that a true U-Turn happens during this time.
The 1st Phase is a minimum mandatory commitment of 60 consecutive days in the program, based on compliance and completion of required assignments, essays, and absolute sobriety. Men go out in the morning on work crews to paint in the community, both commercial and residential painting jobs that are contracted to the ministry.
The 2nd Phase consists of a six month commitment to reinsert the men into society. Men in 2nd Phase also live on the rach in a bunkhouse. Some of the requirements of 2nd Phase are to continue to work on ministry jobs, which includes painting both commercial and residential, serve at the church, attend Bible studies, group sessions, services, and of course to maintain complete sobriety. There is support and accountability to help achieve this in a loving atmosphere of brotherly camaraderie. Cost for the mandatory 8-months is $3450. The men pay rent after the first 60 days, as they start to earn an income from working with a painting contractor firm. This also can go on their resume upon graduation.
The big difference that U-Turn for Christ provides is that the men are put in real life situations through working and participating in the community. When stresses, frustrations, and the desire to escape occurs, the men are taught how to deal with these strong emotions through relying on God and His strength instead of using drugs and alcohol to anesthetize themselves.