When residents first move into one of our recovery homes, they will be directed to agencies that can supply food, work, and health services. Also new members are encouraged to apply for food stamps, until they can gain employment. We will have Christmas dinners with all house members, alumni, and house member’s sponsors. We also plan other periodic group activities like bowling, etc. Many of our residents attend IOP or aftercare provided by area treatment centers. FTF is within minutes of the Alvin C. York V.A. Hospital, Buffalo Valley at Castalian Springs, and Cumberland Heights IOP.
We will provide and arrange rides to local AA and NA meetings. There are presently over fifty AA meetings per week and NA meetings seven days a week in Murfreesboro. An individual could easily attend three meetings a day if desired or required. We also arrange, provide or facilitate rides for members that are required to attend probation. We strongly encourage new members to build a support network in AA and/or NA. House members are expected to work diligently on their recovery program while also learning to live life on life’s terms clean and sober. We have in-house meetings twice a week. First Things First is a spiritual program that supports members going to church services but it is not required. First Things First does not discriminate in any way on the basis of race, creed, national origin, political affiliation or beliefs. However we do retain the right to restrict membership to persons that do not have a violent criminal history (use of guns or weapons in a crime), aggravated assault convictions, or that have been convicted of crimes of a sexual nature. We do not accept individuals for residency who have any gang affiliations.
Cost for our program is 125$ per week due each Friday for the upcoming week(Sat thru Friday) When we accept a man a one week downpayment is due to insure his residence. Upon arrival an additional 175$ is due for a 2nd weeks rent plus a one time orientation fee of 50$. If a man can pay 4 weeks in advance the cost is 450$ for 28 days plus the onetime 50$ fee. (saving 50$ ever 4 weeks) Further discounts are available to long term residents and senior house members. We are a 501c3 non profit organization with over 90% of our budget and operating cost coming from our men paying rent.
Some of the residents at First Things First are placed with us through the court system. These residents will be closely monitored. To live at FTF they will be required to abide by the following conditions:
There is a house manager and also senior house members at each of the houses, that work with the residents to ensure rules are being followed and required documentation is being completed.
1. Be a resident for a minimum of 120 days.
2. Complete step 5 in AA or step 3 in the NA step guide with an approved sponsor.
3. Set an example in sanitary standards by keeping their room and house
responsibilities in above average condition.
4. Have a home group and be active in service work; chair or secretary meetings, giving rides to meetings if possible etc.
5. Be a house leader and maintain a positive attitude.
6. Not be on probation for violation of house rules and be current or ahead in financial responsibilities.
7. Continue working the 12-steps completing an average of at least one step a month with their sponsor.
8. Be willing to meet with other senior house members regarding junior house member status.
9. Report violations of house rules to house management.
Once an individual becomes and maintains senior house member status in good standing there will be a rent reduction of $5 a week. Other benefits will apply and a further rent reduction is possible at a future time.