In – house rules
* NO DRUGS (INCLUDES ALCOHOL)
* NO VIOLENCE OR THREATENING BEHAVIOR
* NO GAMBLING ON OR OFF THE PREMISES
* NO BEING ON LICENSED PREMISES
* NO WEAPONS OF ANY DESCRIPTION ARE TO BE ON THE PREMISES
* NO STEALING OR OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES
* NO SEX ON THE PREMISES
* RENT IS TO BE PAID ON ARRIVAL (Currently $480.00 per fortnight)
* BOND OF $100.00 IS TO BE PAID WITHIN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS
* RENT OR BOND WILL NOT BE REFUNDED IF YOU ARE DISCHARGED
(OR LEAVE WITHOUT NOTICE).
* VISITORS MUST HAVE AT LEAST THREE MONTHS CLEAN TIME.
MONDAY – SUNDAY AFTERNOON – HOME BY 16.30, (18: 00 when working) (Evening 10:30 PM)
RANDOM URINE SAMPLE MUST BE FURNISHED ON REQUEST.
TELEPHONE HAS A TEN MINUTES LIMIT
RISING TIME 7.45 A.M. WEEKDAYS
9.00 AM SAT & SUN HOUSE DUTIES TO BE FINISHED BY 9.30A.M.
8:00 COFFEE & GROUP, THEN A WALK
8:30 BREAKFAST, CHORES, SHOWER, & DRESSING
(BREAKFAST CONSISTS OF CEREAL & TOAST)
9:00 – 11:30 WRITTEN JOURNAL, STEPS & SELECTED READINGS
11:30 – 1:00 LUNCH (LUNCH CONSISTS OF SANDWICHES & FRUIT ONLY)
NO PERSON SHALL LEAVE THE HOUSE BEFORE 12 NOON.
12:30 – 4:30 FREE TIME (TAFE, NA & AA MEETINGS, GYM, SWIMMING ETC)
6:00 DINNER COOKED BY ROSTERED RESIDENT
7:00-10:30 FREE TIME (NA OR AA MEETINGS THREE NIGHTS)
10:30-11:30 QUIET TIME & BEDTIME
RENT- Currently $480.00 per fortnight and needs to be paid on time, as this gives you food, shelter, electricity, telephone and a sense of belonging.
For the first two weeks of residency clients are required to be accompanied by another house member for all activities requiring client to leave the house.
This increases your sense of belonging and helps new arrivals to quickly build rapport with other members of the house.
You are allowed to have visits after two weeks. You must clear all new visitors at house meetings. The visitors must have at least three months clean time except in special circumstances, which are to be approved by the Coordinator.
All curfews as listed in the house rules are to be strictly adhered to unless special permission has been granted by the Coordinator.
RANDOM URINE SAMPLES
Failure to give a urine sample, when asked, within a reasonable time will result in you being discharged. We reserve the right to discharge a person on suspicion without taking a urine sample. Contaminated urine will be treated as a positive sample.
Do not stay on the phone for more than 10 Minutes at a time. Not before 12 pm and till after Dinner.
NO MOBILE PHONES FOR THE FIRST TWO WEEKS: THEY MAY BE USED IN FREE TIME (ie afterLunch after Dinner)
Weekdays Before : 7:45 AM with Breakfast finished by 9.00.
Saturday and Sunday 9.00 AM with Breakfast finished by 9.30.
DAILY HOUSE ROSTER
9.00 A.M. weekdays and 10:00 AM weekends must finish House and yard duties.
RADIO’S, CASSETTE PLAYERS AND TELEVISION
THESE appliances are not to be turned up LOUD as the purpose of the house is to fit into the community. Quiet time in the house starts at 9.30 PM. Please respect the right of others to retire early. Television is not to be turned on before 4.30 PM.
A bond of $100.00 will be required within the first four weeks, this will be returned on leaving ONLY if notice of ONE week is given.
House meetings are held every Morning at 8.00 a.m. Also Wednesday at 10:00.a.m. with an outside facilitator.
Residents must attend. Non working residents must be home by 4.30 PM and working residents 6:00 PM
We arrange Newstart Disability benefits for the first (3) three months.Working residents must declare all moneys earned.
After residing here for three months and finishing appropriate written Steps (Step Five ) clients may seek employment, enroll in a skilled vocational training course or be attending therapy as negotiated with the Coordinator.
As compulsory entry criteria clients are expected to be saving for when they are ready to move on. Every journey starts with a small step.
NA OR AA MEETINGS
You Must attend one AA or NA meeting every day for the first ninety days. Clients are encouraged to attend one out of area meeting per week. After ninety days approved clients may attend five meetings per week and working clients four meetings per week.
Breakfast to be completed by 9.00 AM
Lunch between 11.30 AM and 1.00 PM
Dinner cooked by rostered resident before 6.00.PM
NO SNACKS Most people eat out of boredom – Fruit is an exception.
When you make a mess clean up after yourself.
You may make sandwiches and take them with you for LUNCH.
Loans within the house are not allowed as it can cause bad feelings in the house and it can cause you to play catch up. THE COORDINATOR WILL HELP OUT AS REQUIRED. The house encourages you to break the credit cycle so you can spend your own money.
Help with preparing Resumes and writing Application Letters is always available.
Upon leaving Niagara Lodge you are requested to take your possessions with you or they will be given to charity.
THINGS NOT RECOMMENDED
• DO NOT CATCH UP WITH OLD FRIENDS
• DO NOT SPEND TIME IN OLD USING AREAS
• DO NOT TREAT THE HOUSE LIKE A MOTEL
THESE HOUSE OBJECTIVES ARE DESIGNED TO HELP YOU MAKE THAT OFTEN DIFFICULT TRANSITION FROM TREATMENT CENTRE BACK IN TO THE COMMUNITY.
THE RULES AND GUIDELINES FOR THE HOUSE TO ALLOW IT TO RUN SMOOTHLY.
IF YOU CHOOSE TO FREELY ACCEPT AND ABIDE BY THESE RULES IT WILL MAKE YOUR EVENTUAL TRANSITION INTO THE WIDER COMMUNITY ALL THAT MUCH EASIER.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING BECOMING A MEMBER OF OUR SUCCESSFUL COMMUNITY AND YOU ARE COMMITTED TO YOUR OWN RECOVERY THEN WE CAN ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR TIME SPENT WITH US WILL BE BOTH ONE OF LEARNING AND PERSONAL GROWTH.
Niagara Lodge also runs a successful AFTERCARE where ex residents continue to return for meals, groups and PERSONAL YEARLY CLEAN TIME CELEBRATIONS.
We also facilitate housing help on leaving and follow up telephone counselling.
THE HELP IS THERE FOR THE TAKING