Q. HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
A. This program is built around phases that stretch over a minimum 1 year. However, residents can choose to commit to 3, 6, 9 or 12 months at intake. If a resident chooses one of the phases that is less than 1 year and leaves New Day after that time they will have to restart the program if they choose to return. We definitely advocate for residents to commit to a minimum 1 year as we believe lasting change takes time.
Q. WHAT DOES THE PROGRAM CONSIST OF?
The program consists of two parts. The first part is our discipleship program; this consists of individual counseling, worship services, classes, small groups, bibles studies, peer reviews, and church services. The other half of your time here will be spent working on the farm. This will include some or all of the following areas: gardening, animals, cooking, landscaping, kitchen, or office etc.
Q. HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO APPLY?
A. We can accept applications from anyone 19 years or older. If you're looking for some resources to help with a minor we recommend as a starting point.
Q. CAN I SMOKE IN THE PROGRAM?
A. New Day is a completely addictive substance-free program. This encompasses your entire year, not just when you’re here on site. This means that we don’t allow cigarettes, e-vapes, pipes, cigars, or any smoking cessation.
Q. CAN I TAKE MEDICATIONS WHILE IN THE PROGRAM?
A. We do allow prescribed medications while you are in the program as long as they’re not addictive. Because New Day isn’t a medical facility, it is our policy to disallow anything that could cause harm to oneself or to others if it were to be abused. As such we don’t allow addictive medications even if prescribed by a doctor. These include, but are not limited to, narcotics, benzodiazepines, methadone, and suboxone.
Q. CAN I SEE A DOCTOR WHILE IN THE PROGRAM?
A. All health care visits, including doctors, dentists, and optometrists, can be scheduled through the office by submitting permission slips. These appointments will be scheduled outside of program time, and will be at the discretion of leadership.
Q. WILL THE DOCTOR RENEW MY PRESCRIPTION IF I'M FROM OUT OF TOWN?
A. We recommend that if at all possible you bring a copy of your medical records with you when you come. This will allow the doctors at the local clinic to continue your care without interruption. You’ll also need to bring your health care card with you if you have it.
Q. AM I ABLE TO PRACTICE MY OWN SPIRITUALITY OR RELIGION WHILE IN THE PROGRAM?
New Day does not in any way support any other religions or spiritual practices. This includes any tokens, symbols, or pieces pertaining to any other religions or spiritual
practices. This includes but is not limited to: medicine circles, dream catchers, smudging, spirit guides, pentagrams, rosaries, depictions of Mary, yoga etc.
We encourage those interested in applying to our program who wish to engage or practice other religions or spiritual practices to consider other service providers instead of New Day in the Peace Ministries, since these practices are inconsistent with the desired outcomes of our ministry. Residents found practising these while in the New Day program will be required to either abstain from doing so immediately or asked to leave our program.
Q. CAN I BRING MY CELLPHONE?
A. Cellphones, tablets, laptops and internet use etc. are not permitted for the entire first year. After that point residents can apply to have their cellphone back. This application will then be reviewed by the leadership team and a decision will be made. If a resident's application is approved, they must agree to the terms of the cellphone agreement.
Q. WILL I HAVE ACCESS TO THE PHONE?
A. Yes, you will have access to our phone. We have times during the day which are designated for making calls and ask that our residents keep these times to 15 minutes or less. We'll assist you to set up extra time as needed for calls to the government, your doctor or lawyer.
Q. I’M ON BAIL, PROBATION, OR PAROLE – CAN I COME TO NEW DAY?
We can accept most women even if they have dealt with legal issues in the past. We request that you send us a copy of your conditions so that we can best determine if your situation will mesh well with our program. We do withhold the right to ask anyone to leave, regardless of their conditions, if they are unable to adhere to our rules and guidelines.
Q. WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
A. You should bring things that will make you feel comfortable. You’ll need about one week’s worth of clothes if you are able, and work clothes as well for work program. You’ll also want to bring your personal hygiene items, your bible, and any required medications. You won’t have a large amount of space (x3 medium sized rubbermaid containers are provided for storage), so we ask that you keep that in mind while packing and refrain from bringing furniture, animals, or boxes of books.
Residents are allowed to use headphones ONLY in their room. If music is played over speakers it must be Christian music.
Q. CAN I BRING MY VEHICLE?
A. We are unable to accommodate the storage of vehicles on site, so we’d ask that you find somewhere else to store them while you’re at New Day.
Q. WHAT THINGS ARE BANNED/NOT PERMITTED?
A. Drugs, alcohol, cigarettes/pipes/cigars/e-cigs/vaporizers, weapons, drug paraphernalia, porn, animals, non-Christian reading material. Do not bring any food along with you upon intake.
Q. CAN I VISIT MY FAMILY?
A. Positive family time is such an important part of the healing process. During your first month you are not allowed time offsite, but your family is welcome to come and spend time with you when you have time off from scheduled program. After your first month, you can request time offsite (a schedule of hour permitted will be given to you at the time of intake) outside of program time. All of this is done by submitting permission slips and getting approval from leadership. Note: Do to COVID-19 some onsite and offsite visitation guidelines have changed. Please contact New Day directly for more information.
Q. CAN I COME FOR A TRIAL TO SEE IF THE PROGRAM IS FOR ME?
Yes, we offer a one week trial period. During this time you come stay at New Day, take part in daily life, meet the staff, volunteers and other residents.