The Ruth House Project
The Residential Program
The Ruth House residential program will be voluntary, biblically based, and completely free of charge to young women ages 13-28. Using proven methods and counselors, the program will last approximately six months, and will feature a multi-dimensional approach to heal body, mind, and spirit.
Following the program model of Mercy Multiplied, we will address the root causes of the issues women face, rather than merely medicating symptoms or modifying external behavior.
Our goal is to help residents permanently stop destructive cycles, discover purpose for their lives, and become productive and thriving individuals.
We will be following the program of Mercy Multiplied, their multi-dimensional approach is uniquely designed to address the whole person – body, mind and spirit. It features biblically based counseling and teaching integrated with life-skills training and educational opportunities. Because it’s rooted in the Word of God, our program changes more than behavior. It transforms hearts, helping hurting girls turn around their entire lives to become the beloved woman each was created to be.
- Life Skills Training – Each resident receives training in the areas of cooking, cleaning, managing a home environment, and managing a budget. These skills are taught in a class format and in a practical way, as each resident is responsible for assigned chores in the home.
- Classroom Time – Each resident receives classroom teaching on forgiveness, anger management, setting boundaries, and other global principles to be applied in specific counseling sessions. Our resources are from renowned teachers such as Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, Joyce Meyer, and Dave Ramsey. Many powerful speakers and Christian musical artists come in person to teach the residents as well.
- Bible Classes – Each resident participates in daily worship and Bible reading.
- Financial Management – Each resident completes Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace program before graduating from Mercy.
- Nutrition Education – Each resident has her own specific food plan developed by the Nutrition Manager.
- Fitness Education – Each resident has a plan for fitness developed by the Fitness Manager based on her specific goals and needs. Residents also have many opportunities to participate in fun recreational activities.
- Outside Activities – There are many opportunities for residents to experience components of life outside the walls of the home. These activities allow residents to experience life outside of TRH on a small scale so they can begin preparing to make decisions without the direct guidance of staff.
- On Fridays, residents go on an outing to a local mall for shopping and lunch, as well as a local Target or Walmart for toiletries and other personal items.
- Residents often attend local sporting events, conferences, appropriate concerts and movies when tickets are donated.
- Saturdays are a day off for the residents and they can sleep in, relax, and watch movies.
- Weekends are set aside for residents to make and receive phone calls from family and friends and occasionally to leave to visit family.
- Residents who are in the program during Christmas go home for two weeks during this time.
We will be following the program of Mercy Multiplied, using their program model, “Choices That Bring Change,” combines biblical principles of healing and unconditional love with best-practice clinical interventions and has been developed from over three decades of experience. As part of the program, seven key components are addressed in counseling:
- Commitment to Christ
- Choosing to Forgive
- Renewing the Mind
- Generational Patterns
- Healing Life Hurts
- Freedom From Oppression
- Principles for Life-long Success
Counselors work with residents to:
- Identify the root causes for destructive behavior.
- Equip residents with the life skills and the ability to permanently avoid destructive behaviors.
- Identify goals at 30, 60 and 90 days. By 90 days, counselor and counselee are working on aftercare goals with an approximate six month timeline in mind.
- Provide accountability to residents while they are in the program.
Counselors also give input to a core team of staff, including the Fitness Manager, Nutrition Manager and the Director of Medical Services, to provide each resident with individualized, holistic care based on each resident’s needs.
In addition to individual counseling, residents also participate in group counseling on a weekly basis. Group counseling sessions are a time focused on solutions and not a time to rehash past issues.
Our program is successful because the resident identifies issues, takes responsibility and makes choices to move forward.