House of Hope Kansas City strives to provide top-quality care for hurting adolescents and their families. Former president Ronald Reagan stated it best: “The philosophy and example of the House of Hope…needs to be shared across our nation. Those who want to help disturbed teenagers should be able to know that there is a way…and that way works. I challenge citizens in major cities in every state to look to House of Hope as a model for similar homes for hurting teenagers across the nation.”
House of Hope Kansas City is structured on a phase system. Each phase has an increased expectation of responsibility of the prior phase level. By learning trust, your teen will also be earning privileges. Privileges increase with each level. Privileges are important for your teen’s personal growth and maturity as a young man/woman. It is important to use these privileges with maturity and responsibility. Staff will evaluate your teen’s growth to determine promotion to the next phase. To reinforce positive attitudes and actions there is a merit point system that the girls can earn points to use in our merit store. If there is something the resident does that is simply cutting corners or forgetful, they are given work duties. For issues of the heart, like lying, deception, disobedience or disrespect they are given written assignments.
During Orientation residents will adjust to living at House of Hope Kansas City. Your teen will be helped at every step – as they learn the rules, adjust to the many new faces here, and start making friendships with the other residents. You will not see your teen for at least one month or until she has completed Orientation. However, you will get a phone call to your teen at the 1-week mark. During Orientation each resident will be able to have semi-monthly request for needs only. The Main Objective during orientation is to adjust to the program, comply with program rules and submit to authority.
- Learn the rules and policies
- Pass the Orientation Test
- Identify one problem area in their life
- Learn to respecting those in leadership and follow instruction of staff
- Take responsibility — knowing and doing what is expected
I. PHASE ONE
During Phase 1, residents are expected to know and obey the rules of House of Hope Kansas City. The Main Objective is begin healing and rebuilding relationships with their family and loved ones. They also begin to submit to authority and to begin thinking more about their relationship with God. Phase 1 residents should not be disrespectful or argumentative with authority. For Phase 1 and higher, each resident will get semi-monthly requests of 3 items (needs or wants).
- Learn to appreciate authority.
- Understand why respect, honesty and communication is important. Being truthful, speaking the truth.
- Start having an attitude of thanksgiving.
- Start having an attitude of preferring others over self.
- Complete a testimony and give verbally to Executive Director or Program Director.
II. PHASE TWO
On Phase 2, the Main Objective is for the resident to begin taking the initiative in every area – in the house, in the school, in any assigned role. Residents should be working on their issues and beginning to trust and openly discuss their needs. Phase 2 is a time to develop coping skills, too, as you learn to work very hard to overcome past hurts, disappointments and memories.
- Learn to deal with emotional and spiritual issues. Choosing to do what is right.
- Learn how to confront peers properly.
- Learn and practice assertive communication.
- Learn who you are in Christ – where your identity is found.
- Begin to be trustworthy with peers, as well as consistently with Staff.
- Take responsibility as assigned in school, house and community outings.
III. PHASE THREE
The Main Objective in Phase 3 is developing leadership skills. At this phase, they must be increasingly more responsible and trustworthy. The resident should be reliable in the house, in school, in any assigned role, and must open up freely with others. Phase 3 residents are in a maturing walk with God – seeking Him openly and regularly.
- Openly deal with family relationships and issues.
- Maintain trustworthiness and display leadership qualities.
- Begin looking at school options (with parents) for after HOH – when initiated by counselor or principal.
- Develop home guidelines for weekend passes with counselor.
- Begin parent-supervised interaction with approved friends – with counselor. Parents must supervise all activities with approved friends, except for youth group.
- Write a personal testimony of what God has done in your life.
The Home Phase is the time when a resident returns to their home, and submits to the rules of their family while continuing to follow the rules of the program. The Main Objective is to transition back into the family to grow relationships with parents and siblings. The counselor and staff will initiate home phase (not the resident or parents).
- Transition to outside support system.
- Attend youth group regularly.
- Attend church with family.
- Submit to home guidelines and aftercare plan.
- Attend new school and maintain good standing.
- Work toward Graduation Date – set by counselors and staff.
PARENTS AND TEEN ARE ENCOURAGED TO KEEP OPEN COMMUNICATION WITH EACH OTHER AS WELL AS HOUSE OF HOPE KANSAS CITY. We recommend monthly counseling, online or in-person, for at least one year after graduation.
Interested in knowing more?
Please give us a call at (913) 262-8885 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.