Our Methods 2020-10-06T15:46:52+00:00

Methods to Maintain Stability and Encourage a Positive Outcome

Entering And Exiting Our Residences

All of our residents enter and exit voluntarily. We suggest men plan to join us for a minimum of 12 months. Everyone is required to do a face-to-face interview before being offered entrance.

Following the interview, we receive people quickly, usually within 1 to 5 days of making the first contact. We accept residents of 17 years (with parental permission) and older. We have no upper age limit.

Our Method Is To Model Freedom

Residents soon discover that life at Betel is a commitment to daily choice—to aspire to the values and pursuits of a new and healthier lifestyle, as modelled by staff and more mature fellow residents. In the “advance at your own pace” environment, residents observe and learn character-building principles. They live them out at home and at work, building strong foundations for a stable future—off the streets, with the will to work, and living drug and alcohol-free – becoming a “normal and productive member of society” (Quote from Peter Lyndon-James)

Staff members form an integral part of the extended-family atmosphere. The most capable and compassionate of Betel “graduates” are often invited to become support staff. Having “been through it”, their firsthand experience and lessons learned are an invaluable encouragement to newer residents.

Responsibility And Self-Care

Betel’s objective is to help residents rebuild their own lives through community responsibility and shared decision making. As residents’ motivation and stability improve, with time and experience, they are gradually given more responsibility for supervising household duties and monitoring daily work. Their example helps to encourage less-experienced residents. The result is a community that is increasingly peer-motivated and guided, whilst always under staff oversight.

Most residents are offered an entrance date the day they are interviewed. They spend their first two weeks adjusting or “getting to know us” before joining a daily work team. Everyone learns basic life skills and is responsible for his own personal care: sharing in community meal preparation, washing up, house cleaning, clothes washing, bedroom tidying, gardening etc.

Long-Term Change

As members of an extended family, working and worshipping together, residents focus on achieving and sustaining change in three main areas of life:

  • Physically: by maintaining abstinence from harmful, addictive substances (illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco) and recovering the good health habits of a proper diet and exercise
  • Emotionally: by practicing self-control and co-operation, learning basic communication skills, gradually recovering a healthy self-image as a positive contributor to work teams, group recreation, and a caring household
  • Morally: by taking responsibility and in doing so finding the meaning that will sustain them through life; by acquiring a system of values which will help them to assimilate the changes individuals achieve, successfully avoiding relapse over the long run.
  • Relationally: by helping the residents
    • to understand themselves and their particular personalities
    • to heal and restore broken relationships caused by the abuse of drugs and/or alcohol
    • to understand co-dependence and identify co-dependent and/or toxic relationships in their friendship circle.
  • Vocationally: by teaching each resident new skills and to develop pathways to employment

Each resident will have access to a Counsellor, Doctor, Psychiatrist as well as group therapy sessions.

We DO NOT take men from prison or on parole or looking to be bailed to us from the courts. We are not against helping men in these situations but over the years we have realised that the desire to do a rehab program and the desire to avoid prison time do not mix well. Many of our residents, of course, are ex-prisoners and we will continue to receive ex-prisoners who, having, first of all, completed their legal obligations (including court cases, parole and community corrections orders), seriously want to change their lives.

Success Through Family and Work

With Betel, like respected Christian communities of the past, residents gradually work problems through in an environment based on 2 simple and time-honoured concepts:

  • Extended Family: Residents build meaningful relationships by inspiring hope and self-esteem in an atmosphere of acceptance and love
  • Meaningful Work: Residents help to fund their own recovery by working in one of our charitable businesses. This significantly reduces the financial burden on their families and the government while restoring self-dignity and a sense of purpose. The result is that, on leaving Betel, they contribute positively to their own family life and society
Meaningful work is vital to long-term recovery. It takes many forms, from the gentle introduction to the necessity of daily chores in our residences, to the responsibility of managing a Betel business in the local community. Daily teamwork helps to build job skills, diligence, punctuality, dependability, self-esteem and respect for supervisors.
Residents are supervised and orientated to the realities of today’s working world in one of Betel’s workshops or businesses, namely:
  • Hospitality industry skills
  • General household cleaning and maintenance
  • Restoration and upholstery
  • Garden maintenance and landscaping
  • Painting and decorating
  • Vehicle repair
We contract jobs with the local public, the government, businesses, churches and charities as our principle means of funding Betel’s charitable activities.

Drug Free

Betel is a social work dedicated to restoring substance dependent and marginalized people to productive and independent lifestyles. Our residences are drug and alcohol free. We offer the opportunity of restoration to all persons who seek help.