Eligibility for Homes of Hope is determined by a face-to-face meeting with the aging out teen and the Co-Directors of Homes of Hope. It is Homes of Hope’s goal to make sure the program is a good fit for all involved.
The intern will be a student and/or working (in the Manhattan, KS area) a total of 30-40 hours a week.
FIRST 30 DAYS
No overnights outside of the home, with the exception of any Homes of Hope functions. Any ‘SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES’ must be brought to the HOH Directors for a decision.
Intimate relationships will not be allowed in the home, on the property or in any buildings. Relationships are allowed as long as the rule against intimacy in the home, on the property, or in any buildings is respected.
If, for any reason, the intern gets a prescribed narcotic, it MUST be brought to the attention of the HOH Directors. The intern MUST have a note/prescription from a physician.
IF THE INTERN IS PRESCRIBED MEDICINES BY THEIR DOCTOR
The intern MUST stay on medications prescribed by their doctor until the intern’s doctor takes the intern off of them. Proof from the intern’s doctor must be provided to the HOH Directors.
All medicines prescribed and over the counter, are to be kept in the intern’s living area and out of view of other housemates. ABSOLUTELY NO SHARING OF PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS!
ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES AND URINE TESTING
No illegal substances are allowed anywhere on the property. Random urine drug tests may be issued, especially if there is suspicion.
The intern is NOT allowed any alcohol in the intern’s home or on the property. The intern is underage and therefore it is illegal.
Smoking is only allowed outside of all buildings. All butts and matches will be placed in a sand trash can.
ILP (Independent Living Program)
Each intern will be in the Independent Living Program to receive funds/assistance for rent/utilities/college/living, etc. The intern will comply with the requirements of the Independent Living Program.
Each intern will respect their housemate’s personal boundaries by TREATING THEM AS THE INTERN WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED.
Do NOT use anyone’s personal items without permission.
Each intern will mark their food items with the intern’s initials. Taking someone else’s food without permission constitutes theft and will be dealt with by the HOH Directors.
Apartments are private and should be respected. Entering a housemate’s apartment without permission constitutes trespassing and will be dealt with by the HOH Directors. Apartments will be kept neat and clean AT ALL TIMES.
Interns are responsible for every mess they make. This includes cleaning out tub or shower after use, bathroom sinks and counters free of hair, toothpaste splatter or make-up. In the kitchen this includes wiping up any crumbs, spills or grease splatters on and in all appliances, walls and counters; washing the intern’s dishes, drying and putting away.
There is a cleaning schedule with assigned chores. The intern will be expected to keep up with the schedule. There are daily chores that have to be done. Failure to keep chores done may result in a monetary fine. The intern will be expected to keep the intern’s living quarters and the community kitchen / living room area cleaned. The intern’s home is shared by other housemates and it should be clean at all times.
GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE
Good personal hygiene is expected while living at HOH. Please keep shower time to a minimum, as to not use up all the hot water.
Laundry is done on site at the Lodge. The intern will be responsible to remove their laundry as soon as it’s complete. The intern will need to supply their own soap. The intern’s name will need to be written on the intern’s soap so it can be stored in the laundry room.
If the intern has guests visit them at HOH, the intern must let the HOH Directors know. Each intern is responsible for their guests. Guests are NOT to be left unattended in the intern’s HOH home. Guests will not spend the night at the intern’s home. If it is family, arrangements may be made by the HOH Directors for staying on the property.
If conflict arises, try to resolve it by appropriate mutual agreement. Do not allow it to affect the entire household. If it is not possible to come to a mutually satisfactory resolution, all parties are responsible to go to the HOH Directors to discuss the situation.
Interaction with each other is encouraged. Each intern is encouraged to take time to share feelings, hobbies, hopes and dreams with their HOH family.
Noise is to be kept at an acceptable level at all times. Quiet time in the HOH home is from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.
The intern will need to be in their HOH home by 10:00 pm nightly. The intern will need to be in the intern’s respective apartment by 11:00 pm nightly. Exceptions may be jobs, school/college functions or HOH functions.
SNEAKING OFF PROPERTY
If the intern sneaks out and leaves the property after curfew time, they don’t need to bother coming back. The intern’s HOH agreement will be terminated immediately.
Any damage intentionally done by a housemate to HOH or the property will be repaired by the housemate (with supervision) and paid for by the housemate. If no housemate will own up to the damage, the repair bill may be split among all housemates. If anything gets accidentally broken, HOH Maintenance must be notified. The intern may be asked to help assist in the repairs for a learning experience. Accidental damage is different than intentional!!!
THERE ARE NO BOSSES IN THE INTERN’S HOME
The responsibilities of the intern’s home are shared equally for their benefit and personal growth.
Overnight outings must be pre-approved by the HOH Directors.
Each intern will be expected to make and follow a budget. Each budget will be determined by the intern’s income (working, student, ILP). Some of the budget items are: cell phone, groceries, rent, haircuts, clothing, transportation, personal products, etc. Each intern will pay at least a minimum of their bills as their income allows. Each intern will also start a savings to be used when they leave the program and become independent. ANY BILLS UNABLE TO BE COVERED BY THE INTERN WILL BE PAID FOR BY HOMES OF HOPE. It is our goal to have the interns ready to handle their finances, understand paying bills and handle their financial responsibilities when they leave the program.
Lights, tv, stereos, etc. will be turned off when not in use.
Be courteous when other housemates have already started cooking. Each intern will be patient and wait for their turn. Interns may decide to cook meals together as a home. Plan ahead so all housemates are contributing to the meal.
Physical violence will NOT be tolerated. The housemates involved may be terminated from HOH and law enforcement may be called.
A two week notice is requested. If an intern does NOT give a relocation notice and leaves their belongings at HOH, they must return within 72 hours to remove the rest of their belongings. If the intern does not, the intern’s things will be packed up and stored for NO LONGER than 30 days. At the end of 30 days they will be donated to a charitable organization.
NO FIREARMS OR AMMUNITION IN THE HOME OR ON THE PROPERTY AT ANY TIME!
MINIMUM OF 6 MONTH COMMITMENT
The intern agrees to live for a minimum of 6 months at HOH. Towards the end of 6 months the intern & HOH will decide if more time is needed/wanted.
Interns can leave the program anytime they want. If an intern chooses to leave the Homes of Hope program prior to finishing it, they will not be allowed to return to the program.