HOME VALUES

This is a Christian home, which will be modeled on the principles in the Bible as a guideline for a healthy, happy home. In any such environment, rules and consequences are necessary for the peaceful coexistence of several people living together in an enclosed space. We will strive to promote honesty, responsibility, kindness, courage, integrity, and most of all love of God and each other. Our home and its occupants are encouraged to demonstrate these values on a daily basis. Any adults living in our home will be expected to help the younger members achieve these same goals. We believe that living here is a privilege, and not a punishment; and would expect that you will treat it as such.

NO GOING BACK
Before you sign this contract, understand that this is a one way trip towards adult treatment. We will not, after acceptance of this contract, continue to treat you as a child in our home. You will be considered an adult, and responsible for your own behavior. Please consider carefully that this is a big step, and has a lot more implications than you are likely immediately aware. One such implication is that if you violate certain rules, or with great frequency, you will be asked to move out and make your own way. This is not a sign that we don’t love you; rather that we acknowledge and respect you enough to not coddle you through life. If our rules are no longer bearable, then you are able at this point to take care of yourself, make your own decisions, and live with the consequences of those decisions – both good and bad.

RENT
One of our primary goals for you is to help teach you responsibility and life skills that you will need when you are out on your own. It costs a lot of money to support you, and we believe that with adult privileges come adult responsibilities. It is for this purpose that we will charge a nominal rent that will include your room, any meals you eat with the family, or make for yourself in the kitchen, use of all family resources (pool, tv, internet, etc…), and inclusion in any family activities. You are on your own to provide a vehicle, insurance, and any spending money that you might want or need. Rent = $100 per month plus full payment of any fines accrued over the previous month. Equivalent services and facilities would cost you about:

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$300 a month for rent in a fairly cheap apartment. You could of course split this with a roommate. $150 or so for food, depending on how much you eat out and how savvy a shopper you become. $75 - $100 for utilities if you have a small, efficient apartment. This amount changes a ton depending on the time of year. Spring and fall can be very cheap; summer is a killer if you like air conditioning. Again, this could be split with a roommate. $45 for cable internet. $10 if you are willing to live with dial-up. $40 for basic cable. Free if you just want network channels. Don’t even think about the 60” tv… it’s currently out of your price range.  The pool is in terrible condition, I wouldn’t ever pay a penny to swim in it as it is now.  Total expenses (assuming a roommate) = $422.50 If you become more than 60 days behind in rent or fines, you will be asked to leave unless you have made prior arrangements.

CURFEW
Monday - Thursday 11:00 pm - 5:30 am Friday - 1:00 am - 5:30 am Saturday 12:00 am - 5:30 am There will be a 15 minute grace period if you call at least 15 minutes ahead of the curfew. If you wish to remain out after curfew you may (about once per week) contact us in advance and obtain permission. Subject to approval.

Minor Curfew Violations (Less than 30 minutes late): First Offense - Warning Second Offense and subsequent offenses per month- $25 fine

Major Curfew Violations (30 minutes or more late): First Offense: $50 fine and an additional $25 for each additional 30 minutes.

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Second or subsequent offenses per semester: $75 fine, an additional $25 for each additional 30 minutes, and a curfew of 9:00 pm every day for one week.

OVERNIGHT STAYS
Permission must be obtained in advance for overnight stays. You must inform us of all people that will be present, and provide us with the contact number for the parent at whose house you will be staying.

Failure to obtain permission will be treated as a severe curfew violation.

FAMILY NIGHT
Family night is every Sunday evening, usually around 6:30 pm. Regular attendance is expected; although permission to miss this function may be obtained in advance.

VISITATION
Members of the opposite sex must remain in the den, kitchen, or dining room unless a parent is present in the room at the time. First Offense - $50 fine Second Offense - Grounds for eviction

ROOM CLEANING
To protect the home and occupants we require a safe, clean, and sanitary environment. Rooms will be checked occasionally for safety, reasonable cleanliness and sanitary conditions. No notice will generally be given before these checks. Notice might be given, but is not a right. If not up to standards, you will be given 24 hours to comply. If not up to standards within 24 hours: $10 fine per day.

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HOUSEHOLD CHORES
You are expected to participate in cleaning common areas. Our system for cleaning requires $5 of chores performed per week from the chore list. Failure to perform any of the selected chores will result in a fine equal to the cost of the chore, and you will be given an additional 24 hours to complete the chore before another fine is imposed, and no requests for additional privileges (ex, later curfew) will be approved until the chore is complete and all fines are paid. If your failure to complete the chore on time affects another house member's ability to perform their chores (ex dishes) you will be required to perform their chore as well.

HOME SECURITY
Everyone must leave and enter through the downstairs doors. Anyone that enters or exits, or aids anyone entering or exiting through a window will pay a $50 fine for the first offense. Second offense is considered grounds for eviction. Any missing or damaged screens will be replaced by the resident within 24 hours, and the resident will pay a $50 fine.

MOVIES AND MUSIC
Movie or music content that conflicts with the values of the home is not allowed. Any such music that is heard or discovered will be removed First Offense: Warning and removal of the content. Second and subsequent offenses: $20 fine and removal of the content.

CHRISTIAN CONDUCT
No sexual immorality, pornography, or profanity; either in the house, or outside of it. Unapproved overnight events with members of the opposite sex, or the appearance of impropriety will be treated as violations of this policy, even if no evidence of impropriety is present. Violation of this policy is grounds for eviction. Theft of someone else's property is prohibited. Each incident will result in a $25 fine, and restitution of the property. (This includes illegal software and music downloads).

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Spiritual growth and regular attendance at church services is encouraged. If non attendance becomes a stumbling block for other members of the home; this may become mandatory.

MODEST DRESS MEN AND WOMEN
Tight or form-fitting attire and garments designed as underwear or sleepwear should not be worn as outerwear. Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer in length no shorter than the tips of your fingers when your hands are at rest by your side. Clothing that is unusual or displays material inconsistent with the values of the home is not allowed. No underwear should be showing at any time.

WOMEN
Tops must have at least 1-inch shoulder straps. Clothing must not be low-cut and may not reveal cleavage or the midriff. Halter tops are not allowed. Skirts and dresses must not have hemlines or slits that reveal skin above the tips of your fingers when your hands are at rest by your side. Banquet dresses should be modest and becoming, conforming to the guidelines listed above. Dresses may be strapless; however, the back must not extend below the natural bra line.

MEN
Shirts must be worn at all times.

PARENTAL INTERFERENCE
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disagreement privately, not openly. This is a serious issue of respect to the authority in the home.

First Offense - Warning Second Offense - $10 fine Third through fourth offense in a given month - $25 fine Fifth offense in a given month - Grounds for eviction

CURSING
Cursing or swearing is not tolerated in the home, or anywhere within hearing of household members.

First Offense - Warning Second and subsequent offenses - $25 fine

ALCOHOL / DRUGS / TOBACCO
The consumption, possession or storage of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs is not tolerated. This includes in or out of the home. Violation of this policy is grounds for eviction. The consumption, possession or storage of any products containing tobacco are not allowed. All violations - $25 fine.

I agree to abide by these rules and respect the values of this home. If at any time I am asked to leave the house, I will do so immediately. I understand that living in this home is a privilege, and not a right.

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