What To Expect 2020-08-16T15:58:41+00:00

What Is Life Like As A Betel Resident?

Many men say they soon feel accepted as new members of an extended family. Betel is a safe, structured, family-like environment. From 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., our days consist of learning to co-operate and work with others, whether tidying house, preparing a meal or working in a Betel workshop or business.

During new residents’ first few months, each is assigned a “responsible” or a more experienced Betel member to help them learn the daily routine, and to whom they can go first with questions or problems. Betel residents always travel in pairs or groups. Residents will be required to do random urine tests throughout their stay.

The Average Daily Betel Schedule

Every morning begins with a half-hour group “devotional” talk followed by encouragement from an experienced Betel resident or staff member. After the first 2 weeks, during which every new person stays on site adjusting to his surroundings and routine, residents are assigned to a work team from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Work teams include flyer distribution, guest house maintenance, gardening or guest house duties (food preparation and room cleaning & tidying).

After evening meal (6:00 p.m.) and cleanup, evenings may consist of a quiet reading hour, discussion groups, recreation or gym*, depending on the weeknight. On weekends is when residents receive their monthly family visit and weekly telephone calls. Following Sunday morning church service, the afternoon and evening are generally spent letter writing, playing sport and on other leisure pursuits. Saturday and Sunday evening rest hours are followed by a rented movie.

*NB “Our gym policy: while we actively encourage residents to live healthy lifestyles, long experience has alerted us to the negative impact of too much focus on body image. Residents too easily substitute one addiction for another and inasmuch as physical exercise is important we don’t allow the use of gym equipment for body-building purposes. Our gym equipment is specifically designed for cardiovascular exercises only. Push-ups, squats and sit-ups and other bodybuilding-specific activities are not allowed until a person has completed the program.”

There’s Hope For Everyone – Including You

We recommend that residents plan to stay a minimum of 12 months. During that time, they will be given increasing responsibility at home and work as they demonstrate willingness, dependability and an attitude supportive of others. Responsible Betel residents learn to care for others, oversee household routines, lead work teams, and run businesses.

Over the years, many men and women have fulfilled their desire to help others who are suffering from addiction by becoming Betel staff. In 90 cities in 23 nations where Betel has centres, almost all of them are now run entirely by former residents.

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.