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How to enter the Denton Freedom House


Need help with an alcohol or substance abuse issue? Jesus Christ has set the captives free through His death, burial, and resurrection! He has also gifted his children to be his hands and feet of compassion in this world, others that have been where you have been and found the way of escape.

First step is recognizing that you have a problem and cannot change on your own. If you are interested in receiving help from the Denton Freedom House read Our Heart page and Reality Check below, then fill out an application for admission further down this page. This has to be filled out by the man seeking help, not a family member.

THERE IS HOPE! There are some considerations you will definitely need to take into account when you are applying to enter this home.
Take the time to honestly consider these things before you apply!!

This application is for consideration of admission to the Denton Freedom House. Please be sure to answer as completely and honestly as possible when filling out your answers. Your answers will be kept confidential. If in the course of our interview or during the program, you have lied or omitted any pertinent information, it will be grounds for dismissal from the interview or program. If a section is required and does not apply to you, simply answer with N/A

After submitting your application, you can call (940) 565-5990 to let us know that your application has been submitted to get the process started. We can not give a status of your application. Our Admissions Director will review your application and decide to set up a phone or in-person interview. Your application will be evaluated, and a decision rendered, based on your eligibility and specific needs. If we are unable to provide the help that you need, we will do our best to point you to those that can help.

REALITY CHECK…

–You will end up sharing your bedroom with up to five other men at any given time – this can be uncomfortable at times.

–While you are in the program you are not to be in relationship with anyone (this means girlfriends or fiances). We encourage restoration of marriage if you are currently married.

–For the first thirty days of the program, there’s no contact allowed with anyone outside the home. This includes family, friends and mentors – no contact means no visits, calls or writing letters. Writing letters will be encouraged after this cooling off period.

–When you are allowed visitors and phone calls – you are only able to call your immediate family or approved mentors – No girlfriends, fiances, friends or non-family members.

–Any of the things that interfere with our home schedule must be taken care of before you can come into the home.

This is not a medical facility. If you have any ongoing physical or psychological needs, major or minor, they need to be addressed before you can come into the home. There are NO PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS allowed at the Denton Freedom House.  This includes any medication for depression, anxiety, opiates, narcotics or methadone.  These types of medication must be out of your system for at least a week (two weeks for methadone) BEFORE you enter the home.

–You will not be allowed to bring or have vitamins, supplements or physical health aids/devices.

–The routine here is taxing! It is at times tiring and monotonous, it takes discipline to adhere to the schedule that we set.

–The home discipline policy is thorough and exacting. How well do you receive discipline?

–Can you handle being told when you can and cannot go to the bathroom, to bed, when you can shower, when you can have free time, and so forth?

–We expect submission to home authority, leadership and the policies that God has established in this home.

Please take a look at the items you are allowed to bring into the home – Remember that space is limited so we have to limit the amount of personal items you may bring into the home. If it isn’t on the list, you will not be allowed to bring the item in per our policies. Please read the Approved Item list below (under section for ‘Family of Program Resident‘)  If it isn’t on the list, you will not be allowed to bring the item in per our policies.


Application for Admission
name and contact information (phone and/or email)
this includes chiropractors, eye doctors, dentist, etc.... If in doubt, go ahead and let us know. Any failure to disclose this information could put you at risk and could be grounds for dismissal.
These could be major or minor issues. Please be open and honest and remember we aren't a medical facility, we don't have health care professionals on staff and are not licensed to provide care.
Neck, back, knee, etc....
Be aware that we do not allow or condone the use of tobacco products at any time during your participation in the program. It will not be tolerated and is grounds for immediate expulsion. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.

Resident Family Visitor Requirements and Responsibilities


For the first 30 days, a resident in our program will be restricted from having contact with family. This includes phone calls, personal visits and letter writing. This restriction is meant to help him adjust and focus on the demands of the program. To visit a Phase I resident, you must be a legally married spouse or family member. The relationship between the resident and family member or spouse must be verifiable and approved. Any exception will be at the discretion of the Phase I Director. Family members must also complete the orientation form below BEFORE a visit can take place.  

 

Family members must complete the orientation form below BEFORE a visit can take place.  You will receive a call or an email when you have been approved to visit. Only visitors on the resident’s approved visitor list will be allowed to visit the resident. Pastors and Mentors must be approved by a staff member and must also attend a visitor orientation.

When visiting the home please remember that we share the driveway with several neighbors – the speed limit for the driveway is 15mph. Please be respectful and observe the limit. Thank you!

Dress Code and Modesty Policy  

At DFH we expect our residents to dress neatly, modestly, and appropriately for the occasion whether for the classroom, church, off campus, or for recreation.  Therefore, we ask our guests to set the example by following the same dress code.  We recognize that adhering to these guidelines may involve temporarily setting aside personal preference for the sake of the larger community.  In every situation, we ask that extremes be avoided. Guests should not wear tight, suggestive, or revealing clothing.  

The following are not permitted: 

  • Yoga Pants 
  • Leggings 
  • Shorts, Dresses, or Skirts any shorter than two inches above the knees  
  • Tops that don’t cover the shoulders and abdomen, i.e. sleeveless, tank or crop tops 
  • Perfume should also be used in a professional and modest way. 

If you have further questions about dress code, please contact the Family Coordinator.

When can phase one residents have visitors?


Visitation starts only when the resident has completed the first 30 days of the program and is not currently on discipline.

ALL adult family members must read the guidance below, and fill out this orientation form.

Visitor Application

Visitation Hours and Duration


Every Sunday from 1:00PM – 5:00PM CST

Unless otherwise communicated. Please remember that visitation is a privilege for our residents and visitors and can be taken away permanently as a result of any violation of our policies.

When You Arrive


All visitors must first sign in at the Visitation Desk in the Day Room before the resident can be seen. No other entrances are allowed.

Visitors must check in all items brought to the home at the Visitation Desk in the Day Room. Note- Depending on the availability of a staff member, items may not be processed until much later in the day or until the following Monday.

Families may walk the grounds, but no further than the dirt road that is used for staff housing. Pasture behind staff housing is off limits.

Please be mindful of staff residences.

There may not be any letters, mail or money passed between family and residents in any form. All mail or letters must be received by the resident through the Visitation Desk and the Officer On Deck (OOD).

Residents may not use cell phones at any time. Please leave all cell phones and electronic devices in your car during your visit.

If you would like to bring food or snack to share on your Sunday visit please provide for approximately 45-50 people (this includes all residents and guests). If you need anything from the kitchen please email them BEFORE your visit kitchen@dentonfreedomhouse.org.

All visitors must sign out at the Visitation Desk. Residents are not allowed to be around visitors’ vehicles at any time for any reason. They are not allowed to walk family members to their cars.

 

Approved Items


Toiletries
Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Shampoo/Conditioner, Brush/Comb, Deodorant, Bar Soap, Shaving Cream, Razors, Dental Floss, Lotion, Q-Tips or fingernail clippers. (no mouthwash of any kind).

No food, candy or gum is allowed on the Phase I Resident’s person. We do not hold food for the Phase I Residents.
If your small group, church, or you personally would like to donate food items to the Denton Freedom House, please contact the Kitchen Manager at kitchen@dentonfreedomhouse.org

Clothes
Clothing should not be brought to the resident if the resident has reached the maximum limit of clothing allowed, which is:
10 pairs of Socks
10 pairs of Underwear
11 pairs total of Pants/Shorts (everyday, work, dress, athletic, sweats)
***Basketball shorts and sweats can only be worn during free time or in rooms.  Joggers aren’t allowed.  Bring pants that can be used for work (landscaping, construction, etc…)
15 Shirts, Total (everyday, work, dress, undershirt, athletic, hoodies)
***Bring shirts to wear for work, as well as 1 or 2 nice shirts for church events.
2 Jackets
2 Hats
***Hats are only allowed to be worn outdoors. a work hat that provides protection from the sun is recommended
2 Belts (everyday, dress)
4 Shoes ( 1 dress, 2 casual/athletic, 1 work/boots)
***Work boots are highly recommended
Clothing with inappropriate advertisements (including but not limited to Skulls, Bands, Alcohol, Drugs) will be up to the discretion of the staff whether it is allowed.

Other Items

Bible/Bible cover
Pens / pencils/ highlighters
Spiral Notebook/Journal
Envelopes / stamps
Backpack (school book size)
Wrist watch or pocket watch
Small fan/ alarm clocks are permitted

Foot powder, sunscreen, or creams may be brought and approved at the discretion of the staff. ANY over the counter medication is a donation to the whole house- you may donate large bottles of Tylenol, Ibuprofen, cold medication, cough drops, etc. It may not be alcohol based and it is at the discretion of the staff whether it will be kept or not. All prescription medication must be approved by the staff and left at the Visitation Desk.

BRING ALL THESE ITEMS IN TRASH BAGS, WE CANNOT STORE DUFFEL BAGS OR TRAVEL BAGS
You will not need any linens or towels, but you may bring your own pillow.
No Jewelry is allowed except for a wedding band.

No anti-depression meds are allowed.  Only medicine for blood pressure, etc is allowed.

No blankets will be allowed.

Other General Policies


No drugs, alcohol or smoking or dipping of any kind is allowed on the property.

No visitor under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be permitted to visit the resident.

No profanity (church behavior).

Residents are not permitted to be in or around the visitor’s vehicle at anytime.

Visitors cannot have anyone waiting outside in the visitor’s car.

Child Policy– Please keep watch on your own children. You must be with your children at all times and they are not allowed to wander the property without you. Please do not allow any other residents or their guests have physical contact with your children; this includes any children of the Staff of the Freedom House. Physical contact is defined as picking up a child, hugs, shaking hands, high-fives/fist-bump, patting on the back or the head. No hugging other residents in the home. No romantic behavior. (Only church behavior.)

Visits must be done on the Denton Freedom House premises. In a rare and special case where visitation arrangements have been made that require the visit to be made away from DFH property, the resident must get approval from the Home Director.

Resident and spouse cannot engage in any inappropriate activity with one another at any time.