Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be any communication with family?

Yes. students will have a 30 day "black out" period with no communication with family. After the 30 days, women will be able to have 2 hour visits with family every other weekend. Phone calls are 20 minutes each weekend. Passes with family start at 4 months and increase in length based on how a student is doing in the program (write ups/ homework/ participation/ etc.)

What time will the students get up in the morning?

Times will vary, but most mornings start at 6:30 am. Our schedule is designed to mimic a schedule that students could continue after graduation. We hope the schedule with help students learn to maintain a stable, structured lifestyle. Weekends will be different.

Will students be allowed to work?

Students will not work until their 6th month in the program. Workforce development services will help students prepare for moving into this phase

What types of jobs will students be allowed to obtain?

During workforce development, students will learn their skill sets and aptitude. We hope to help them discover what they desire to do and are able to do. We also help to set goals after obtaining a job to help advance education or career if a student is ready for such.

Will students be permitted to have cell phones or access to computers?

No. Computer use will be available but limited to important uses only and will be monitored by staff. Cell phone may be permitted once a student starts working (at discretion of staff)

Can students have visitors on the TILM property?

Yes, but we will have the confidentiality of others to consider. During visits students are to remain with their family and not to disclose information about other students. Visitors are not permitted in some areas of the home.

Is a family visit and a pass the same thing?

No. Family visits are for the group as a whole; staff will assist in that day’s events or activities. A pass to go home is for students to leave the property and go with family amount of time without staff present.

Will students be able to go on a “pass” in order to go home?

Yes. Eventually, students will be encouraged to request a pass to go home for a visit. Student passes are earned through personal growth and compliance to program requirements. Please keep in mind, the student will need to meet certain requirements and the home environment must be safe for the student to visit.

Can family members or friends volunteer at TILM?

No, this would be against our conflict of interest statement.

Will students be permitted to have a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship while in the program?

No, we asked students to refrain from intimate relationships while in our program. Students will have classes on Boundaries and Boundaries in dating to help prepare them for that phase of life once they graduate. Unless the couple is married and can show proof of such (marriage certificate) we will discourage any boyfriend/girlfriend relationships while in the TILM program.

Are students permitted to have their children at TILM Can pregnant women be accepted?

No, TILM is not set up to meet the needs of children or pregnant women.

What is the cost of the program?

There is a $100 nonrefundable intake fee. Other costs/plans discussed during the interview process.

If we go to the same church or meeting can we sit with the students?

No, the students will not be permitted to sit with family/friends, nor wander the buildings. TILM may at the discretion of staff allow volunteers, family, or friends sit near students. 

Who can be a part of the program?

Women who are not pregnant and do not need to have their children live with them. All students must be at least 18 years of age. We accept women with a history of drug abuse, trauma, and incarceration. Mental and physical health conditions will be reviewed to see if someone is compatible with our program requirements and group living environment. If you are interested in referring someone or applying for the program, please fill out this application, or download a copy and send to lindsay@thisislivingministries.org

Do I need to detox before coming to TILM?

Most of our programs require that you detox – preferably a medically supervised detox – prior to entering the program. Most communities have detox centers. Local centers can often make recommendations about where to go to detox.

Are you affiliated with any religious groups?

We are a Christian organization and are not affiliated with any particular church. We do partner with and attend a few churches.

Do I have to take part in the religious aspects of the program to receive help?

We give full disclosure to every person who enters TILM that this is a Christ-centered program. Entrance into all TILM programs is voluntary. Part of that voluntary agreement includes participation in all aspects of the program. This includes the religious aspects of the program.

What are the living arrangements?

Students will live in a 5 bedroom log cabin type house with community rooms. There are three bedrooms that accommodate 3 people each; everyone has their own bed, dresser, closet space, and 2 shared bathrooms.

What kind of skills are taught?

We disciple women in establishing a deep relationship with Jesus and realization of their individual potential according to God's Plan for them! We provide women with opportunities to share their faith and encourage others in following Christ!

Training in resume building, computer skills, mock interviews, and courses to help with furthering education.

Training in cooking, cleaning, finances, dress for success, hobbies, goal setting, entrepreneurship, and hygiene.

We offer an array of courses that encourage growth leading to healthy emotions and relationships! These courses include anger management, addiction recovery, trauma counseling, and grief counseling.

With Jesus as our example, we explore courses in boundaries, marriage, and parenting.

How long is the TILM Re-entry Program?

Our program lasts 12-18 months. Progression through the program depends on each student’s determination and work, rather than a specific time table.

Can people be sentenced to TILM rather than prison?

People can petition the court to rule in favor of sentencing them to TILM instead of prison. It is imperative that when the courts are petitioned to do this, that it is clearly communicated that TILM is a faith-based program and that Christian principles and practices are fully integrated into the program. We also accept women on probation and parole.