The Pre-Program phase begins once a man indicates that he would like to become a part of the Mission’s Life Change Program. This period is designed to determine if a man could benefit from the Market Street Mission’s life change program, provide him necessary information for a decision, and begin the process of assimilation.
One Mission resident described the Pre-Program phase as one of “settling down;” the man and the Mission get to know one another in order to begin a new relationship. The man becomes acquainted with the routines and procedures at the Mission, and the Mission staff and residents try to evaluate the man to see if he is appropriate for the program.
The month-long Pre-Program is the gateway and “living waiting list” for the Life Change Program.
At the Market Street Mission, a man stays here and gets to know the Mission before formal entry into the next phases of the Life Change Program.
The goal of Phase 1 of the Life Change Program is to provide, through the use of work, an environment and structure for the individual to foster ongoing sobriety. This is the time for individuals to sober up their bodies and minds and to bring some structure into their lives.
The average resident in the Mission’s program has had little or no work experience. Even those who have held jobs have normally been unemployed for a considerable amount of time. The fact that these men have come into the program and have signed contracts to improve themselves signifies that their lives have become unmanageable. Realistically they have no place else to go. Their self-esteem is very low.
Every man is unique ‒ unique in his history, unique in his needs, and unique in his rehabilitation. Although the Mission espouses a holistic approach, i.e. viewing the person as a whole with many simultaneous problems, a man can expect a sequential process in recovery.
The primary focus of work therapy is threefold:
This is not to suggest that physical, mental/emotional and spiritual rehabilitation should be in sequence, but rather that normally the body recovers more quickly than the mind.
Phase 2 is central to the Market Street Mission’s Life Change Program. After having progressed through Pre-Program, Phase 1-A and 1-B, the individual is a candidate for classroom instruction.
It is here that men can really come to grips with the problems in their lives and deal with them. The class topics reflect the Mission’s emphasis on recovery from drug and alcohol addiction with a Gospel Mission perspective. Mission staff and local clergy teach courses in chemical dependency and addiction and their consequences, group therapy, and Bible classes.
Some of these classes include:
The four objectives of Phase 2 are:
Recovery is a life-long journey that is helped by a balance of independence, accountability, and structure in a sober environment. It is our hope that alumni will stay connected with the Mission after graduation, and we offer several options for continued growth post-graduation.
Upon completing our program, we offer each graduate the opportunity to reside at our facility for three months at no cost to the client, thanks to the charitable support of compassionate donors. During this time, the client may procure full-time employment, begin to save money, and plan his next steps forward in life. Clients in transition are still required to attend weekly church services and meetings, as well as meet with their sponsor/mentor.
The Market Street Mission currently owns four sober living houses in Morris and Monmouth Counties. Our sober living facilities are available to alumni of our program. While in sober living, each resident pays rent at a reduced rate, while maintaining sobriety commitments and daily accountability. To learn more about our sober houses and their impact on our graduates, visit our sober houses page.