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FAQ about Hope Sweet Hope and Gateway to Discovery

What is a social enterprise? A business owned by a non-profit organization, that are directly involved in the production and/or selling of products for the purpose of income and achieving social, culture, or environment aims. Our social enterprise also helps the women develop work skills and habits needed for jobs in the outside community. Why is the stay 2 years? Addiction doesn’t happen overnight. Addiction takes months even years to form and create the destructive path that it does. Most treatments last 21-28 days and we believe that is not enough time to heal from the years of hard living. While being in our program you  have time to heal from your past mentally and spiritually. As you move along in the program you will have enough time to adjust to this new way of life and still be a productive member of society. How do you get into the program? You have to complete a treatment program whether it’s voluntary, civil committal, or completed treatment while in prison. Contact our program director, Evy Somsen, fill out our application and be willing to commit to our two year program. What is the difference between religion and spirituality? The major difference between religion and spirituality is one of believing versus being. Religion’s focus is the content of one’s belief and the outworking of that belief; spirituality’s focus is the process of becoming more attuned to unworldly affairs. We see it as religion is man-made, spirituality is actively seeking a personal relationship with God. What does the program consist of? Gateway to Discovery is a 2 year program made up of 4 phases.
  • 1st Phase – (First 6 months of residency) – Seekers
The seeker phase of the program is the most important of all phases. During this phase you learn our program, our house rules and you get to know the woman you are about to start this journey with. You attend house groups and attend all mandatory programing. This is your time to learn and grow, you will have the opportunity to watch the woman that have came before you and follow in their footstep. (obtain required I.D.s, pursue interests/hobbies, attend 12 step meetings daily, complete GED classes, undergo assessments to determine her medical and emotional needs and develop their treatment plan)
  • 2nd Phase – (6- 12 months of residency) – Finders
This is considered our first steps into the independent world. During this phase we seek employment at our social enterprise Hope Sweet Hope Studios and/or start school. Here is where we learn important work skills. We create our resume, learn interview skills (and experience a real interview,) and learn how to work in different areas of our studio. (maintain employment or attendance to school [and be passing], access credit report and start cleaning up the wreckage of our past debts, obtain a copy of legal history/work out any legal issues, attend 12 step meetings daily)
  • Phase 3 – (12-24 months of residency) – Travelers
The time to finalize their future plans and take action. Travelers work closely with the Program Director to transition into independent living. They become the leaders of the house and are the ones to step up and guide the newer residents (1st and 2nd phase), lead house groups and orientation groups.
  • Phase 4 – Graduation and beyond – Keepers
The final phase of the program. This phase starts when you leave Gateway and as a graduate resident, Gateway will always be there for you if you need help with support, budgeting plans and future opportunities. The woman will participate in a graduates program from Gateway to keep the community alive. The women will also be followed up with 1 month, 3 months, and 6 months interviews to see if they are maintaining sobriety. How successful is this program vs. other programs? We are faith based, we believe without God it’s hard to succeed. The 2 year stay is also a very essential to our program. The women are given a home, food, therapy and transportation at no cost to them. Along with endless opportunities with our social enterprise and all the help and moral support they need if they decide to seek work elsewhere or start college (phase 3.) Once you are a Gateway woman you will always have Gateway by your side even after you graduate the program.