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                                               Information for Potential Men of HOPE

 

HOPE Center is an alcohol and drug free center; potential Men of HOPE are drug tested prior to an intake interview and random tests are also conducted.

 

Men of HOPE must be physically and mentally capable of caring for themselves; contribute to the housework through chores, and seeking, obtaining, and maintaining legitimate, full-time income (paid employment, disability, and/or social security).

 

         •There are no doctors or mental health professionals on staff at HOPE Center.

 

         •An official diagnosis with function level, on letterhead, is required for Men of HOPE who

          have been admitted into a mental health facility or substance abuse treatment center.

 

         •Official hospital or emergency room records, including prescriptions, are required for

           Men of HOPE recently released from a hospital or emergency room.

 

Men of HOPE rise by 6 a.m., do chores, eat breakfast, make lunch, and leave the Center by 8:00 a.m. for work, to look for work, education, or scheduled appointments each Monday through  Saturday morning.

 

Men of HOPE are required to be back at the Center by 9 p.m. each evening.

 

         •Exceptions are occasionally made for work or education.

 

Dinner is family style at 7 p.m. each evening.

 

The Center closes for morning church services at 8:30 a.m.  and reopens following morning services (no later than 2 p.m.)

 

         •Men of HOPE are NOT required to attend church services.  We close so that staff may attend  

 

         •Several local churches provide bus transportation to and from church services if Men wish to

           attend services.

 

HOPE is not a drop-in shelter.  We are a communal home where homeless men may live while they transition back into the housed community and independent living.  As such,

 

         •Men of HOPE have regular, mandatory goals to accomplish, which could be anything from  

           opening a checking account to applying for food stamps.

 

                   •Men of HOPE may be expected to attend and actively participate in specific

                  educational courses, such money management, job skills, etc.

 

         •Men of HOPE not eligible for disability obtain and maintain full-time, permanent              

           employment.

 

                   •Beginning the first morning, a Man of HOPE’s job is to get a job.

 

         •Men of HOPE eligible for disability are expected to actively work toward obtaining disability

           until granted.

 

Since daily necessities are provided, Men of HOPE have bank accounts and save a great portion of the income they earn.  (Men of HOPE pay NOTHING to HOPE or for the services of HOPE.)

 

         •Men of HOPE report their earnings to their Transition Advocate.

 

         •A Transition Advocate will work with each man independently to determine the percentage

           of earnings that should be saved based on debt, fines, child support, etc.

 

                   •Once debts, child support, fines, and medications or health related issues have been  

                     covered, most Men of HOPE are expected to save 75 to 90% of their remaining

                     income for the transition.

 

         •Men of HOPE should not make frivolous or exorbitant purchases.

 

Men of HOPE are expected to complete daily chores in and around the house as assigned by the Manager.

 

Men of HOPE are expected to give back to the community by participating in community service activities and projects.

 

If accepted as a Man of HOPE, third party homeless verification is required.

 

         •This is a document from a third party certifying that he is indeed homeless.

 

                   •It must include the third party’s name and contact information.

 

HOPE Center is located across the street from a church; therefore, registered sex offenders may not be able to legally reside at HOPE.  No other criminal conviction, including felonies, will keep one from being accepted as a Man of HOPE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attention Mental Health Providers: HOPE Center has NO medical staff.  Men of HOPE must be both mentally and physically able to fully and independently function on a daily basis.

Becoming a Man of HOPE

Impact West GA

If you think HOPE Center may be the right place for you, call 770.834.4007 to schedule an interview.  An interview does NOT guarantee one will be accepted into HOPE Center.  Note: The man seeking to become a Man of HOPE must be the one to schedule the interview.  

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