6 Month Program

(Drug and Alcohol Free Program)

Our residents typically graduate in varying time-frames:

  • 6 months- with strong support system
  • 9 months- medium support system and need more time for financial saving
  • 1 year- low support system and have come across extreme barriers

Day 1-7

  1. Read and understand handbook, house rules and ask any questions.
  2. Meet with case manager to do a mandatory psycho-social assessment and treatment plan.
  3. Sign lease.
  4. Contact support system (if you don’t have any we can give a list of churches within the area).
  5. Acclimate yourself to the residence, rules of the house and the chore chart.
  6. Immediately begin to actively seek employment.
  7. Obtain a copy of Human Service Resource book or look in your handbook for the necessary resources to setup counseling, parole visits or legal help if needed, along with medical appointments. (This also includes child support).
  8. Taking the proper steps to obtain ID, Social security card, and birth certificate.
  9. Locate local support groups, AA meetings, NA meetings, Smart Recovery, etc
  10.  Speak to your case manager or office staff about doing volunteer work. (You must complete 20 hours of service within the first week of your arrival at F.I.S.T. Additional weekly service hours are mandatory throughout your stay at the F.I.S.T. residence.).
  11. Create a resume if you don’t have one already.

Month 1

  1. Continue to actively seek for employment.
  2. Regularly attending weekly Recovery meetings and weekly Mandatory meetings at F.I.S.T.
  3. Weekly meeting with case manager.
  4. Actively completing volunteer/community service work at/for F.I.S.T.
  5. If haven’t obtained ID, social security card, birth certificate should be actively in the process of getting proper documents.
  6. Interviews should be secured, if you have proper documentation in order.
  7. If interested in continuing education or obtaining a GED, set appointments with College of Lake County.
  8. Create a goal oriented financial budget with your case manager, which includes opening a savings account at local bank.
  9. Taking financial class along with life skills classes.
  10. You should be well acclimated to the house and other residents and contributing positively to house operations.

Months 2-4

  1. Obtained employment.
  2. Regularly attending weekly Recovery meetings and weekly Mandatory meetings at F.I.S.T.
  3. Weekly meeting with case manager.
  4. Actively completing volunteer/community service work at/for F.I.S.T.
  5. If haven’t obtained ID, social security card, birth certificate should be actively in the process of getting proper documents.
  6. Interviews should be secured, if you have proper documentation in order.
  7. Continue pursuit of education
  8. Create a goal oriented financial budget with your case manager, which includes opening a savings account at local bank.
  9. Taking financial class along with life skills classes.
  10. You should be well acclimated to the house and other residents and contributing positively to house operations

MONTH 5-6

  1. Meet with case manager for weekly case management to discuss goals, and graduation from the F.I.S.T. program.
  2. Make regular deposits into savings of 80% of income surplus.
  3. Research and secure housing
  4. Create an active discharge plan.
  5. This is the end of the program and you had more than enough time to obtain employment, GED, life skills, housing, and resources to find your way.
  6. This program main goal it to instill structure in your lives so when you leave you can continue with that structure and live as a productive member of socially and continue to give back.
  7. Schedule final exit interview and review discharge summary.