F.I.S.T. House Rules

There is no smoking anywhere inside the house 

Upon entry into F.I.S.T. program, you are on a 30 day probationary period. This gives us a chance to get to know you and you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the program and current residents. You will meet with the program director shortly after your arrival to discuss goals, discharge plan, and formulate a plan of action to achieve your goals while you’re here. During your probation period, curfew will be at 10:00 pm on weekdays and 12:00 am on weekends. No overnight stays. (You must be in the house by curfew)  You are also required to complete 20 hours of Community Service as assigned by the Program Director.

Length of Stay: This is a 6 month program and you are expected to acclimate yourself productively to this program. This includes, but not limited to: obtaining   legal documents in order to obtain an ID (if necessary) to enable you to find employment; along with applying for assistance that may be needed. In conjunction with creating a resume (at College of Lake County) you will be actively seeking employment and attending life skill classes.


This is a drug and alcohol free house and program. The program manager or any F.I.S.T. staff member has the right to ask you for a urine test at any time. IF YOU REFUSE TO PROVIDE A SCREEN SAMPLE FOR ANY REASON, WE ASSUME THAT YOU WILL TEST POSITIVE AND ASK YOU TO LEAVE THE HOUSE IMMEDIATELY!

Prescription Medicine: If you are prescribed a medicine, it must be brought to the program director along with a doctor’s note showing dosage amount. A dispensing schedule will be made at that time. ALL NARCOTIC/PHYSCOTROPIC  MEDICINE WILL BE LOCKED IN THE OFFICE.    

If you are on prescribed medication by your doctor, you must stay on those meds, until your doctor takes you off.

Relapse: If you relapse, you will be placed on probation status and/or possible discharge.

Being Respectful:  The F.I.S.T. program is designed to offer a safe living environment to all residents, therefore everyone must agree to abide by all rules and regulations. Threats of violence, intimidation, fights, brawls, bullying, or any other intimidating behavior will not be tolerated. This also includes but not limited to inappropriate sexual conduct, and theft. Please be respectful, courteous, and consistent towards each other.  

Program Fees: You are responsible to pay your program fees on time! Program fees are due on Friday. Cash or money order only (payable to F.I.S.T.) If you have questions or issues with your program fees, please make an appointment to speak to the program director.

Guests:  are NOT allowed in the F.I.S.T. safe house for any reason, at any time.

Community Volunteering: is the core of F.I.S.T. Inc. We give back to the community through public service. It gives us the opportunity to be involved in the community in a positive manner, and give back what so many of us have taken from our communities in the past. If you are employed, you are to perform 4 hours of public service weekly. If you are employed but more than $200.00 behind on your Program fees you must perform 8 hours of community service. If you are not employed, you are to perform 12 hours of public service weekly. Schedule with your case program director at your weekly meeting. 

Weekly Meetings:   You must attend mandatory weekly meetings (time may vary, please ask program director for the weekly time). Excuses for work or pre-arranged absences will be allowed. If you are going to be late, call before the meeting start time. Any unexcused absence will result in a $25.00 fine.

Attendance of two (2) 12 step meetings a week is required. Along with attending weekly meetings, we encourage you to join a church, temple, mosque, or any other spiritual foundation and become an active member.

Case Management:  You must meet with Program Director weekly to discuss financial planning, program progress, goals, and discharge plans.

Noise shall be kept at a reasonable level. Quiet time is to be observed daily from 10:30 pm until 5:30 am Sunday through Thursday and from 12:30 am to 5:30 am on Friday and Saturday.  ALL TV’s are to be turned off during quiet time.

Telephone: A telephone landline is provided in the house. If it is ringing, please answer it. If the call is not for you, please take a message. This is the contact number we give to IDOC, parole and probation to reach you. Abuse of the phone will not be tolerated. Personal phone calls should be limited to 15 minutes.

Food: You are responsible for your own meals and food supplies. Label all your food. If something is not labeled, it is considered “house food”.  Taking food that doesn’t belong to you is defined as stealing. You will be subject to disciplinary action which may result in your dismissal from the program. 


Clean up your mess in the common living area. This includes the kitchen, living room and bathroom. When you cook, clean counters and wash your dishes and put them away. In the bathroom, cleanup after every use.

There is no sleeping on the couches. Your bedrooms must reflect your recovery at all times; therefore must be kept clean and tidy. Please note that your room can be inspected at any time by any staff member. Each resident has been assigned a room and bed. No one is permitted to be in any bedroom other than their own for any reason.

Resident weekly chores: Residents must wash their own sheets, pillow cases, and clothes. (No excessive amount of clothing will be permitted due to limited space).  Assigned chores will be posted weekly; everyone will be on a rotating shift. Fines/contract will be given for chores not completed.

Overnight stays: Once off probation you are permitted to stay out overnight. If you plan to stay out overnight, you must notify a staff member. If you are away from the house without notifying staff for more than 48 hours, we will assume you no longer want to live here and you will lose your residency.

Departure of program: All personal belongings must be removed from the house within 5 business days. Belongings left behind will become F.I.S.T. property. (Unless prior arrangements have been made with a staff member).

Parole: We do not have any control or influence over your parole or probation officer. They have their own set of rules and guidelines that you must follow. As your host site, we must follow them too. Do not ask staff to communicate with your parole officer. The program director can assist you with certain requests, such as movement for a specific outing, but ultimately, it is your responsibility to let parole know where you are and what you are doing.