We get asked a lot whether people just want to stay at our shelter facility at Easton’s Promise forever because it’s such a nice facility. Participating in the S4 Program is certainly not a vacation, and Easton’s Promise might have once been a Bed and Breakfast, but it is not a hotel.
There are a lot of rules, attendance at life skills classes are mandatory, and while there is the privacy within the confines of guests’ rooms, the rest of the house is common area, and guests have to share space and get along with a lot of other people.
There are also more than 450 volunteers annually who provide supervision at Easton’s Promise, so there are constantly new people coming in and out of the house.
Guests are certainly grateful to stay in a homelike environment, and for the stability it provides for them and their children, but their goal (and ours) is to graduate to transitional housing as quickly as possible.
Both Easton’s Promise and our transitional housing are drug and alcohol-free facilities. Use of these substances is grounds for immediate dismissal. Guests know that they could be subject to random testing, and if they are in recovery, the results of any mandatory testing through their recovery program must be made available to Operations Manager Fran Doran.
It is important to note that, if a potential guest is in recovery, they must have a minimum of six months sobriety prior to being accepted into our program, and must attend relapse prevention classes while staying with us.
Guests at Easton’s Promise must arrive back to the house by dinner at 5:15 each evening. All guests must sit down and eat dinner together in our dining room each night. Doors lock at 7:00 every evening, which means that guests may not leave the house for any reason (even to smoke a cigarette) after that point.
It is very important that guests participate in the upkeep of Easton’s Promise, so each person is assigned a specific chore to complete every day. Chores rotate so that each guest has the opportunity to perform each chore.
All classes are mandatory for guests in both Easton’s Promise and our apartments, as are regular scheduled meetings with Fran to review their progress within their plans, and discuss any problems, questions, or needs they may have.
To learn more about TIS and our S4 Program (Shelter, Stability, Support, Success), visit our About Us page HERE!