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The Ray of Hope House rules and program description help residents understand the expectations and benefits of the program. Residents will receive a copy of these guidelines upon admission. The Ray of Hope House Staff will review the rules and program description with the resident and the resident will sign a copy of the rules indicating the review. 


  • You are required to attend (3) 12-step meetings per week, have a program book, and have your meeting slip signed by a member of the group, and not another resident, and attend on-premises “House Meetings” which are held once per month. 

  • House meeting attendance is mandatory, which means that you must arrange for employment that does not interfere with these meetings. There is no exception to this rule. 

  • For the first 14 days, you are to remain on the premises unless given permission to leave. During this time, you are expected to be working on your steps and attending peer support. 

  • You must let the Ray of Hope House Staff know when you are leaving the premises. All overnights must be approved by the Ray of Hope House Staff in advance, and any inconsistencies in leave time are grounds for discharge. 

  • Rent must be paid every Friday (unless otherwise arranged) directly to the Ray of Hope House Staff and kept up to date without exception. 

  • You must see the Ray of Hope House Staff at least one (1) time per week to discuss your recovery program-it does not count as a visit to discuss your program while paying rent unless the Ray of Hope House Staff chooses to do so. 

  • You must obtain a home group and a sponsor, or you must be in a weekly program with a recovery coach. You must provide a contact name and phone number within the first week of residency and this will be verified. 

  • You must be working the 12-steps and working on a recovery path program with a Ray of Hope House Staff and present in the house meeting by the 3rd week of residency. 

  • You are required to be employed either part-time or full-time. You are not permitted to quit a job without first discussing it with the Ray of Hope House Staff. Employment status will be verified periodically. 

  • There are certain types of employment that are not allowed, such as cab driving, working in bars, clubs, or places that sell alcohol. And you must speak with the Ray of Hope House Staff prior to accepting employment with any place. 

  • Your room must be kept neat, with your bed made at all times, rugs vacuumed, toilet cleaned, kitchen area clean, which means absolutely no glasses, dishes, or silverware, etc, left in the sink at any time, and any trash disposed of in a timely manner. 

  • You will be assigned daily and weekend chores which will be a mandatory part of your stay at the Ray of Hope House. 

  • All vehicles will have current tags and insurance, and this will be verifiable. Also, there will be no storage of vehicles, and no working on vehicles on the premises.

  • Bikes and other modes of transportation must be stored in the appropriate locations, and security for these are at your own risk.

  • You must make the Ray of Hope House Staff aware of any situation involving a resident outside of the Ray of Hope House premises that required police involvement. 

  • There are absolutely no visitors allowed on premises without prior approval from the Ray of Hope House Staff.

  • There will be no congregating outside the front of the home, no loud music or discussions, or inappropriate dress allowed. You are also required to attend to your daily hygiene needs. 

  • No one is allowed in another resident’s room. NO exceptions. 

  • There is no sharing of clothes, personal property, loaning money, borrowing vehicles, or other modes of transport, by either staff or residents. 

  • You may be requested to submit a urine or swab drug test at any time, which may include either with a cause or without. Also, another resident may request someone to be tested if a person’s behavior warrants it. You have the option to refuse with the understanding that your refusal could result in dismissal from the Ray of Hope House.

  • Any resident who is aware of a rules infraction and does not notify the Ray of Hope House Staff immediately will be subject to discharge, which includes finding out later that you knew about it. 

  • All rooms are subject to inspections at any given time, and any room that does not pass inspection may cause all residents in that room to be discharged.

  • Smoking is NOT allowed in rooms or in the house. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas. 

  • Any cooking done by residents must be done within a designated timeframe and requires immediate clean-up. 

  • Any delegation, directive, or request that is made by staff will then become a rule.

  •  Any medical conditions and/or injuries must be brought to the attention of the Ray of Hope House Staff.

  • If there is an emergency, call 911, and then notify the Ray of Hope House Staff right away. 

  • Any and all medications, including pain pills, psych meds, aspirin, Advil, cold, flu, sinus, etc., must be locked up at all times. You must let the Ray of Hope House Staff know what medicines you are taking. Rx and over-the-counter medications that have an unreadable label will be disposed of. Also, failure to divulge any and all medications to the Ray of Hope House Staff will be ground for discharge. 

  • House shut downs will occur if chores are not done, the grounds and buildings are not cared for, rooms are not kept clean, or general attitudes are not in line with house etiquette. This will be done at the discretion of the Ray of Hope House Staff.

  • All rules and regulations are subject to additions and changes at the Ray of Hope House Staff discretion. 



  • Being under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs 

  • Possession of alcohol and/or drugs 

  • Threats either verbal or physical, or acts of violence, fighting 

  • Property destruction or altering the physical construction of the premises, including the interior structure 

  • Failure to submit a drug screen 

  • Lying; either found on intake documentation or otherwise 

  • Stealing, unusual behavior, and/or any criminal activity 

  • Possession of weapons 

  • Failure to comply with the Rules and/or staff direction 

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