Rule 1: AA/NA Attendance and Sponsorship
Residents MUST obtain a sponsor as a requirement of the Welcome House program. Only Level III program residents are eligible to provide temporary sponsorship, unless otherwise approved by management.
Once a resident has attended ninety (90) meetings AND obtained a sponsor, the minimum attendance REQUIREMENT is four (4) meetings per week and at least two (2) must be Welcome House meetings (this includes Welcome House University classes or sessions).
For ALL court ordered residents, ALL Welcome House AA/NA meetings are MANDATORY while under court order.
While on pass, residents are EXPECTED to attend outside meetings and should consult with the office for assistance with meeting locations. For more information on local meetings visit kc-aa.org or kansascityna.org.
New residents are REQUIRED to attend the following Welcome House University classes within their first thirty (30) days of residency:
- New Resident Orientation
- What is a 12 Step Program?
- Step 1: Surrender
- Conflict Resolution
Additional Welcome House University classes may also be required to successfully complete the program, or as directed by Management.
The monthly All House meetings are MANDATORY for all residents and are held the last Thursday of each month at 7:00PM, or as posted.
Mandatory meetings are just that – MANDATORY. If you are in the house and there is a meeting going on and you have not reached the ninety (90) meeting/sponsor requirement, YOU MUST GO TO THE MEETING! Our position is: those who feel they do not need AA/NA meetings are not serious about recovery and have no reason for being at the Welcome House. Failure to comply with the meeting attendance requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 2: Use of Alcohol or Mind Altering Drugs
Periodic urine and/ or breathe alcohol tests will be given as a requirement of the program and at the discretion of Management. When asked to participate in a UA or BA, residents must do so immediately. Residents are required to remain in the lobby area until successful completion of the testing process.
Refusing to take a UA or BA is considered and treated the same as testing positive and will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from the program.
VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE: Residents MAY voluntarily disclose to staff that they have used or drank. The resident will be discharged and directed to go to a detox. After completion of detox (or 7 days), the resident may reapply for admission.
POSITIVE UA OR BA: Residents who test positive on a drug screen or who show any level of intoxication on a breathalyzer MAY NOT apply for readmission for a minimum of thirty (30) days and WILL BE subject to additional admission requirements.
Rule 3: Program and Recovery Team Participation, Counseling and Referrals
Failure to comply with the program and recovery team participation, counseling and referrals requirement WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 4: Employment
ALL unemployed residents are REQUIRED to participate in Jumpstart and/ or Welcome House created short term employment and day labor opportunities as a program requirement or as directed by Management.
Residents participating in the Jumpstart Program should discuss their eligibility and the program requirements with the Resident Relations Manager.
Residents that receive disability compensation and cannot (or choose not) to work, MUST SECURE external volunteer opportunities or volunteer a minimum of 20 hrs. a week at the Welcome House.
Failure to comply with the employment/volunteerism requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 5: Program Participation Fee or Rent (Room and Board)
Failure to comply with the program participation fee or rent (room and board) requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 6: Restriction to the Welcome House Property
ALL residents that are two (2) weeks behind in program participation fees (or rent) WILL BE RESTRICTED until payment is current (paid in advance).
Failure to comply with the restriction requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 7: Gambling, Theft, Violence, Threatening Behavior, Vandalism or Any Unlawful Behavior
Rule 8: Prescription and Other Medications
All medications are subject to management approval. Prohibited medications include, but are not limited to, any type of narcotic medication, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, opiates, amphetamines, and opioid maintenance therapy (suboxone/buprenorphine, methadone).
Residents are REQUIRED to take ALL medications AS PRESCRIBED or AS INDICATED on the label. The Welcome House is NOT responsible for the resident(s) medical or pharmaceutical care.
Failure to comply with the prescription and other medications requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Please note: Residents found to be, or suspected of, abusing over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed, permitted medications WILL BE considered NON-COMPLIANT and subject to dismissal.
Rule 9: Curfew and Quiet Time
Failure to comply and return to Welcome House by curfew is considered AWOL and the resident is voluntarily discharging themselves from Welcome House.
Curfew times are as follows, except if posted otherwise:
- Sunday thru Thursday 10:30 PM – 5:00 AM
- Friday and Saturday 12:00 AM (Midnight) – 5:00 AM
Rule 10: Weekend or Overnight Passes
Court ordered residents are NOT eligible for passes while under court order without specific, written approval from the court or supervising agency (probation or parole).
Failure to comply with the weekend or overnight pass requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 11: Sign In/Sign Out
Failure to comply with the sign in/sign out requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 12: Dress Code and Personal Hygiene
Residents are NOT PERMITTED to wear clothing that depicts ALCOHOL/DRUG USE, DRUG PARAPHERNALIA, OR PROMOTES OR CONTAINS THE NAMES OR LOGOS OF BARS OR ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES.
Residents are REQUIRED to shower daily and maintain personal hygiene. New residents may request a hygiene pack from the front desk. When available, financial assistance for laundry services may be requested with the desk staff.
Failure to comply with the dress code and personal hygiene requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.
Rule 13: Appliances/Electronics/Personal Belongings
Residents are responsible for their personal belongings and bring them to Welcome House at their own risk. It is strongly suggested that you do not bring items of high value, as Welcome House is not liable for your personal belongings. This includes resident property in the Welcome House parking lot (i.e. cars, mopeds, or bicycles).
Should you choose to leave the Welcome House or be dismissed, it is your responsibility to secure your personal belongings. Any items left behind by a resident will be packed up and stored for 14 days. After 14 days, all items left behind and not claimed will be considered abandoned and will be donated or disposed of.
Rule 14: Elevator and Resident Phone
The resident phone, located in the first floor stairwell, is available for local calls only. All phone calls on the resident phone are limited to ten (10) minutes. See the desk staff for usage details. Residents are NOT PERMITTED to use any of the office phones (except in emergency situations).
Failure to comply with the elevator and resident phone requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.
Rule 15: House and Resident Room Cleanliness
When on a pass, or otherwise unable to complete a chore, it is the resident’s responsibility to make arrangements for the chore to be completed. Resident rooms are to be kept clean, uncluttered and organized, beds made daily, floors vacuumed and linens laundered weekly. Room inspections are conducted regularly.
Failure to comply with the house and resident room cleanliness requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.
Rule 16: Privacy and Room Access/Search
Rule 17: Smoking/ Non-smoking
After curfew, outside access to smoke is limited and at the discretion of the desk staff. Such access is a privilege and not a right. Outside access is NOT PERMITTED between the hours of Midnight and 5a.
Failure to comply with desk staff direction or the smoking/ non-smoking requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.
Rule 18: Vehicle and Vehicle Operation
Failure to comply with the vehicle and vehicle operation requirement WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule 19: Length of Program Residency
The Welcome House is NOT intended to be a long-term living solution for any resident. The program consists of a 30 day probationary period followed by an eight (8) month core recovery program. Under certain circumstances, a program residency extension of up to three (3) additional months may be available by application and requires formal approval. Extensions are one (1) time ONLY, limited to 3 months MAXIMUM, require formal application and approval, and include an increased program participation fee (or rent) during the extension period.
Additional Acknowledgements, Understandings & Agreements
The Welcome House has a website that is updated regularly and actively uses other forms of printed or social media. Photos and notes related to the Welcome House program, including events and certain activities, are frequently posted to these sites. Residents are not required to participate or be included in these photos or other communications. Residents that wish to be EXCLUDED must submit a request in writing (signed and dated) to Welcome House leadership.
Residents employed by the Welcome House or that participate in the Jumpstart program are considered to be participants in the Welcome House Rehabilitative Jobs Program. Residents that fail to comply with the program and are discharged, including voluntary discharge without notice, will forfeit any accumulated earnings or compensation due them through their employment or participation in the Rehabilitative Jobs Program.
This revision of the resident rules supersedes all previous rules that have been issued. The Welcome House, Inc. reserves the right to interpret, change, suspend, amend, cancel, or dispute with or without notice all or any part of our policies and procedures at any time. We will notify all residents of these changes. Changes will be effective on the dates determined by Welcome House, Inc., and after those dates all superseded policies will be null.
Off-site Work & Volunteer – Code of Conduct
- Be on-time, introduce yourself, work hard and complete the job. Be polite, courteous and respectful of the Client and Client’s property at all times. Work safely, and be aware of your work environment. Follow the instruction / direction provided by Welcome House Management and or the Client (while on-site).
- If additional work is requested, or there are significant changes in the original agreement, refer the Client to Welcome House Management. DO NOT schedule additional work directly with the Client.
- DO NOT use your cell phone (talk, text or internet) while at work. Cell phone use is restricted to the lunch break.
- Clean-up after yourself. DO NOT leave trash or litter at the Client site (collect it and take it to an off-site trash can for disposal).
- Do only as you are instructed. You are not there to act as a consultant and your opinions or suggestions are not appropriate unless specifically requested.
- If there is a reason that you feel you cannot complete the job as requested, contact Welcome House Management for direction.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the specific task or opportunity. If you have any question about what is appropriate, please ask Welcome House Management for direction.
- DO NOT contact the Client directly (except when on-site and specific to the task-at-hand). DO NOT call or text the Client, before or after the job, unless specifically instructed to do so by Welcome House Management.
- Use the restroom prior to arriving at the site (DO NOT ask to use a Client’s bathroom and DO NOT go into a Client’s home unless specifically instructed to do so). Over the lunch break (or in an emergency) go to the nearest public restroom if necessary.
- If you smoke, ask the Client for permission to do so first. Smoke breaks should be kept to a minimum (1 smoke break every two hours). DO NOT leave cigarette butts at the Client site (put them in an empty can and take them to an off-site trash can for disposal).
- You are REQUIRED to disclose and immediately provide ALL payments to Management. If you are behind on rent, ALL earnings (including tips) MUST be applied toward your rent obligation (as determined by Management).
- Welcome House vehicles, tools and/ or equipment must be cleaned and returned to the Welcome House daily.
- You are not to use the Welcome House vehicles for anything other than the specific assignment (transportation to and from the job site, with no stops or deviations except as pre-approved by Management).
- BE GRATEFUL – Client’s that hire the Welcome House are SUPPORTING the Welcome House and YOU. They don’t have to do this. Please make sure that they know how grateful we are for their support!
Welcome House Etiquette
- Clothes Closet- Use of the closet to be determined by house staff or clothes closet supervisor. Please help maintain a clean and orderly closet by using clothes hangers and stacking folded clothes neatly. Take only what you need and leave what you don’t for the next guy.
- Bus Passes/Love Fund- Bus passes are for new residents only depending on availability. Two (2) free single ride passes per day for the first two (2) weeks of residency, and $.75 per pass for the second two weeks. Request for passes are to be made as the resident is leaving for the day. No advance passes will be issued. Love fund is reserved for new residents for laundry, hygiene, or bus fare when house bus passes are unavailable.
- Late Plates- Late plates are to be ordered no later than 30 min. before the kitchen closes, and are reserved for residents who at work during dinner service or per management. Breakfast late plates are not available. One (1) sack lunch per resident a day will be available during scheduled kitchen hours.
- Personal Belongings- The Welcome House is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal property. Be advised not to buy, sell, trade, or loan personal belongings of value (cell phones, electronics, clothing, etc.) to other residents.
- Proper Use of the Front Desk- One resident at the office door at a time to receive assistance from the desk staff (i.e. pay rent, medication, etc.). The members of the desk staff are fully knowledgeable and are enabled to enforce all the house rules.
- AA/NA Meetings/Welcome House University- Residents must stay the entire duration of the meeting/class to receive credit. Absolutely NO cell phone use during meeting/class (i.e. texting, calls, candy crush etc.). Common curtesy should be extended to all class instructors and meeting leaders; crosstalk should be kept to a minimum.