Shalom House is a men’s residential rehabilitation centre, located in the heart of the Swan Valley in Perth, Western Australia.
Our focus is on bringing restoration to the lives of men and families in our community. We offer a holistic rehabilitation program while ensuring that our residents function actively within the community. Our program is practical and hands on.
There are five stages to our program
We offer our services to anyone with a life controlling issue, whether it be an addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol or people with anxiety, fear or emotional trauma. At Shalom House our residents always come first in the service we provide, we do what ever we can to provide a safe place for them to do what they need to do.
Shalom House working rehabilitation centre. All residents agree to work Monday to Friday for the duration of their stay. The type of work they do at Shalom varies from plumbing, gardening, painting, welding, tree lopping, carpentry, cooking, landscaping and tiling, to name a few.
At Shalom House residents learn to apply life changing skills in their day to day interactions and activities. Not only do we teach our residents various trade skills that are listed above, but also decision-making skills, problem-solving, communication and anger management.
You are where you are because of your choices, no one can change you except you. We all face circumstances that we did or did not create that determine a choice we need to make to give us an outcome. Therefore, you are where you are because of your choices. We provide a safe place for the resident to do what they need to do and come alongside them to help them identify what those choices are.
If a person, however, believes that a lie is true, then that lie becomes their truth. Often the lie people believe can be one of the root causes for the person’s problems. Lies people believe about themselves can come from broken relationships, family breakdown, trauma or addiction, just to name a few. We work with residents in identifying the issues or root causes that lead them down the road to addiction. Once they are identified, we apply the skills to deal with the issues uncovered. These skills include communication, dealing with conflict, saying ‘no’ to temptation, trust, honesty, patience, humility and faith.
The first stage in the Shalom House program goes for approximately three months. It’s about us getting to know the client and the client getting to know us; it’s about detoxing from any substances or medications that the client might have been on; and it’s also about the client getting used to the environment, its routine, its people, the way the program functions and how we do things. Many people entering a structured program like Shalom come from a background of addiction to drugs and alcohol or from a lifestyle of isolation from others. The length of time it takes for them to settle in will depend on the individual, the culture and the background they come from. At Shalom House, we do not have one program, we have 140 programs for every one of the unique 140 individual residents.
When the client has been with us for approximately 12 weeks we sit with each individual to map out a plan for their future. At the eight week stage in the program, we have already challenged them to start considering a direction in which they would like to head with their lives. At 12 week we put it together.
No matter what the resident would like to do with their life, we do our best to come along side them to make it happen. Whether it’s starting a business, going to TAFE, taking up an apprenticeship or completing a trade that was never finished, we believe it is possible. Beginning paid work depends on what a resident decides he wants to do in the future. We endeavour to have our residents started in their chosen field.
After 12 weeks, each resident starts two days a week paid work with an employer who is on the same page as the rehabilitation centre. Being on the same page means going out of their way to provide a safe working environment for our resident, making sure that they don’t team him up with a person who is struggling with addiction or with issues that would rub off but rather someone who will be a positive influence in his life.
The income that the resident receives while working is used help him move forward financially in his life. We begin to pay out their unpaid fines and past bad debts that they may have accumulated. We also help them get their driver’s licence, buy a car, etc. Over a few months, depending on the person’s progress in the program, we increase their paid work from two days to three and then to four. We find this gradual progression back into the workforce helps us monitor whether they are putting into practice what we are teaching them in Shalom. If there is a reason for concern, at any rate, we can taper it back to where we feel they need to be.
A resident in the stage two can only do 2 days a week of paid work externally and 3 days a week working in Shalom. This balance provides us with an opportunity to see if they are maintaining their progress by making the right decisions and the manner in which they behave.
Stage three sees the resident move to 3 days per week paid work externally and 2 days a week working with Shalom. We allow the resident use of a mobile phone as well as the freedom to come and go from the Shalom property as they see fit, with a 8:30 pm curfew. All residents must return to Shalom on a nightly basis for as long as they are in the program unless otherwise agreed. This gives the resident a sense of freedom and responsibility whilst keeping them accountable to the leadership at Shalom. They grow in their independence whilst having people to fall back on and continue to receive guidance for all of life’s issues.
In stage four, the resident can be moved out of the main house and into share accommodation with stage four and graduated residents. They have full control of their lives and can come and go as they please, working hard and building relationships with their families, friends and the community. The resident at this stage is expected to start giving back to Shalom, by mentoring the newer residents and helping to maintain the Shalom culture.
Stage five is a period during which the resident moves out of all Shalom House properties, live in the accommodation they have arranged for themselves and goes about their life independently. During this period of time, we retain the authority to check in with the now former resident and should doubt arise, test them for any substance use. In this time the residents are to demonstrate that he is ready to graduate, how well they can cope with the temptations of everyday life and how they deal with their loved ones.
When the resident has proved himself and feels ready to graduate from Shalom he needs to apply and discuss why he feels ready. We take many things into consideration when approving a graduate to leave our program. What we want to see is that they are putting in place everything they were taught at Shalom and being a productive member of the society that they have now entered back into.
When we do graduate a person and give them a certificate we are saying that not only do we support and honour you in what you have achieved but also that we are confident that you will not go back to your old ways.
When the resident does graduate this will be done in the presence of his peers and family. After graduation, the resident is so well connected in his community and has a network of friends, mentors, counsellors and family that life simply carries on with a sense of achievement and purpose.