Rule Number 1: AA/NA Attendance and Sponsorship
Each resident is REQUIRED to attend Welcome House AA/NA meetings (held daily at 8am and 7pm). All Welcome House meetings are MANDATORY for ALL residents during the first thirty (30) days of residency. After thirty (30) days of residency, outside AA/NA meetings may be substituted for Welcome House meetings, but at least two (2) meetings per week MUST be a Welcome House meetings.
Residents MUST obtain a sponsor as a requirement of the Welcome House program. Sponsors cannot be a current resident or current employee of the Welcome House.
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.
New residents are REQUIRED to attend the following Welcome House University classes within their first thirty (30) days of residency:
Additional Welcome House University classes may also be required to successfully complete the program, or as directed by Management. The All House meeting is MANDATORY for all residents and will take place on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00PM, or as posted.
Mandatory meetings are just that – MANDATORY. 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 Number 2: Use of Alcohol or Mind Altering Drugs
USE or POSSESSION of alcohol, mind altering drugs or drug paraphernalia in any form (including mouthwash, cough medicine, anything that contains alcohol, legally controlled drugs or substances and illegal drugs of all forms), WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
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 the testing process.
Failure to comply with testing WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL.
VOLUNTARY DISCLOSURE: Residents MAY reapply for admission after seven (7) days or the successful completion of a DETOX program.
ALL OTHERS: Residents MAY NOT apply for admission for a minimum of thirty (30) days and WILL BE subject to additional admission requirements.
Rule Number 3: Counseling
Counseling sessions are MANDATORY for ALL residents as a program requirement or as directed by Management (but not less than once a month). For ALL court ordered residents, counseling sessions are REQUIRED once a week.
Counseling sessions are provided by Welcome House approved mentors, counselors and leadership and may be scheduled, or directed, by the desk staff.
Failure to comply with the counseling requirement WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 4: Employment
ALL residents are REQUIRED to be employed or actively seeking employment. Unemployed residents are REQUIRED to be ready and leave the Welcome House by 8am daily to seek employment. Unemployed residents MAY ATTEND the 8am AA/NA meeting but MUST LEAVE immediately following (not to return before 2pm).
ALL unemployed residents are REQUIRED to participate in Welcome House created job search, volunteer, employment, vocational rehab, and day labor opportunities as a program requirement or as directed by Management.
Residents who are interested in 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 requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 5: Room and Board
Rent is $154.00 per week, paid in advance. Residents that are unable to make advance payments in full, or that have fallen two (2) weeks behind in rent payments, will be REQUIRED to sign and comply with an ALTERNATE RENT PAYMENT PLAN as determined by Management.
Failure to comply with the room and board requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 6: Restriction
All residents are RESTRICTED to the house during the first (30) days of residency (except to work, seek employment or as pre-approved by Management). ALL court ordered residents are RESTRICTED to the house FOR THE DURATION of the court order (except to work or seek employment).
ALL residents that are two (2) weeks behind in rent payments WILL BE RESTRICTED until rent payments are current (paid in advance).
Failure to comply with the restriction requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 7: Gambling, Theft, Violence, Threatening Behavior, Vandalism or Any Unlawful Behavior
Gambling, theft, violence, threatening behavior, vandalism (including the defacing of property) or ANY unlawful behavior in any form, will not be tolerated and WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House. When applicable, the police WILL BE called and all relevant information will be reported to the appropriate law-enforcement agencies. Residents may NOT apply for readmission for thirty (30) days and WILL BE subject to additional admission requirements.
Rule Number 8: Prescription and Other Medications
All prescription medication MUST be identified and turned into the front desk upon admission. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
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.
Rule Number 9: Curfew and Quiet Time
Residents are REQUIRED to observe house curfew and quiet time (lights out, TV’s off in public areas and volumes low in rooms). Building doors are secured (locked) at curfew. Except for employment, or as pre-approved by Management, residents will NOT be allowed to access the building after curfew.
Failure to comply with the curfew requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Curfew times are as follows, except if posted otherwise:
Rule Number 10: Weekend or Overnight Pass
Weekend or overnight passes are available AFTER thirty (30) days of residency and are subject to Management approval. Residents MUST be in compliance with the rent, meeting attendance and counseling requirements to be eligible for a pass. All passes, and the length of pass, must be pre-approved by management. All passes must be logged with the office staff IN PERSON. No call-in requests will be granted.
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 Number 11: Sign In/Sign Out
ALL residents are REQUIRED to sign in/sign out when leaving or returning to the Welcome House (print first and last name, and note time of departure/return).
Failure to comply with the sign in/sign out requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 12: Dress Code and Personal Hygiene
ALL residents MUST be properly dressed in public areas (which include the first floor, the deck, the dining room and the hallways). Being properly dressed means wearing shirts, pants or shorts and shoes. Nudity is NOT allowed. Residents MUST be covered at all times, except when changing clothes in their room. Tank tops and pajamas (or hospital scrubs) are NOT allowed in the dining room.
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 Number 13: Appliances and Electronics
Hot plates, coffee makers, refrigerators and microwaves are NOT PERMITTED in resident rooms or hallways. ALL electronic devices are subject to Management approval and MUST be plugged into a surge protector to comply with KANSAS CITY FIRE REGULATIONS (surge protectors are available at the office for a fee). ALL appliances and electronics MUST be turned off when not in use. Failure to comply with the appliances and electronics requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.
Rule Number 14: Elevator and Resident Phone
Elevator use is restricted to moving in/out or for medical conditions pre-approved by Management.
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 Number 15: House and Resident Room Cleanliness
ALL residents are REQUIRED to help with house cleaning and chore activities, as listed on the weekly Duty Roster or as directed by Management. Assigned chores must be completed daily. Residents are REQUIRED to sign off on the chore at the front desk once the chore has been completed. Failure to sign off on chore will be considered failure to complete the assigned chore.
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 Number 16: Privacy and Room Access/Search
Residents should expect MINIMAL privacy. In most cases, residents share rooms with other residents. The Welcome House reserves the right for staff to access rooms at ANY time deemed appropriate or necessary, and to search a room or residents personal belongings. Failure to comply with a room or personal belongings search WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL. Anything found that is against Welcome House rule or policy, or that is deemed dangerous to residents will be confiscated immediately. Confiscation WILL result in disciplinary action and MAY include dismissal from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 17: Smoking/ Non-smoking
Welcome House is a NON-SMOKING facility. Smoking is NOT PERMITTED anywhere inside the building(s). Residents that choose to smoke MUST do so outside (on the deck or inside the Smoking Pavilion). Vaporizers ARE ONLY PERMITTED outside of the building and inside on the 2nd and 3rd floors.
Outside access to smoke between 10:30p and Midnight is limited. Such access is a privilege and not a right, and only available at the discretion of desk staff. 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 Number 18: Vehicle and Vehicle Operation
Residents that elect to own, operate or park a vehicle on Welcome House property are REQUIRED to do so legally. Vehicles must be operational, appropriately titled, tagged and insured, and residents MUST have a valid driver’s license. Vehicles that do not meet the above requirements ARE NOT ALLOWED to be operated or parked on Welcome House property, or to be operated by Welcome House residents, and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
Failure to comply with the vehicle and vehicle operation requirement WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.
Rule Number 19: Residency Beyond One (1) Year
The mission of the Welcome House is to provide a “residential program to recovering alcoholic and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration and homelessness to integration back into society as productive citizens”.
The Welcome House is NOT intended to be a long-term living solution for any resident. Residents that elect to live at the Welcome House beyond one (1) year will be subject to additional program requirements and expectations (in the tradition of the 12th Step and as determined by Management).
At a minimum, residents that reside at the house beyond one (1) year MUST have a strong personal program of recovery, be HIGHLY ACTIVE AND INVOLVED in the Welcome House recovery program, and provide program leadership and guidance to other residents. For example, these residents WILL exceed minimum weekly meeting requirements, provide leadership, consistency and stability in house meetings, frequently volunteer to take on additional house or program responsibilities, and act as mentors and examples of recovery to new residents.
Residents that are unwilling or unable to fulfill this requirement may be asked to secure alternative living arrangements.
Please Note: Court ordered residents that fail to comply with Welcome House policies or requirements will be discharged immediately, and all appropriate parties will be notified (court, probation or parole officer, etc).
The Welcome House has a website that is updated regularly and actively uses other 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 posts. Residents that wish to be EXCLUDED must submit a request in writing (signed and dated) to Welcome House leadership.
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.
Welcome House, Inc.
Resident Rules Agreement
I ________________________________ hereby acknowledge that I have received a copy of, and read and understand, the Welcome House, Inc. Resident Rules. As a condition of my residency at the Welcome House, I agree to abide by and comply with the Resident Rules.