The program at HISRM Maternity Home is very structured to help young women become more disciplined in every area of their lives. However, if young ladies have a sincere desire for help and change, they can make all adjustments necessary and fit right in within a few days. The staff and other guest will help in any way possible to make the transition into the program. However, it is a "No Tolerance" environment. At HISRM Maternity Home young ladies have many opportunities to grow in the area of friendships, communication and learning to love and serve others. This initial phase allows applicants a period of time to make their decision about coming to and temporarily staying at HISRM Maternity Home. There are Maternity Home rules that guests must follow and program activities to attend.
1. The guest will complete an autobiographical story of what circumstances have led them to the homeless situation they find themselves in at this time.
2. The guest will develop a three to six month action plan to outline what steps she will realistically take to sustain a living condition for her and her baby which will include GED completion, and gainful employment.
3. The guest will agree to attend recommended church services.
4. The guest will agree to participate in morning and evening prayer and reflection and attend a daily Bible Study. The purpose is to seriously consider allowing God to change their lives.
5. The guest will agree to participate in a community living environment and all it entails and a daily community meal with other guest staying at the Shelter.
6. All money will be kept in the Office in a lock box. This is to maintain protection and safety of guest funds. Guest will have accesss to funds as appropriate. A percentage may be allocated for housing.
7. Guest will not be allowed to develop romances or date during their stay in the program. All visitors and visits must be approved in advance by the Executive and Assistant Executive Directors. A listing of family members will be verified during the intial application process. All other visitors must submit to and pass a backround check.
8. Cell phones will be maintained in the Staff Office in a lock box. During the initial three/five day probation period, phone calls will not be allowed unless an emergency is determined. Messages will be taken at the Office phone.
9. Computers will not be allowed during the initial probationary phase. During this phase, Facebook contacts and/or incident feedback will not be allowed. Computer use will be confined to the common areas during allowed time periods.
10. Guest will be asked not to communicate and/or correspond with individuals who have proven to be a negative influence, or are connected with past problems.
11. NO smoking is permitted in the program and premises.
12. Necessary shopping must be conducted prior to this phases. If shopping is necessary it will be conducted with a staff member.
13. Guest are not allowed to have personal cars, motorbikes, pets, bicycles, weapons, record/CD players, radios/MP3 Players, and/or televisions.