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Cornerstone Mission Project

 

 

Cornerstone Mission Shelter Rules

 

Cornerstone Mission and Diana's Faith House is an equal opportunity provider.  In accordance with Federal law, Cornerstone Mission is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION

If you have a disability (disability may include physical, mental or other) and need:

  • a change in our policies or procedures
  • a change in the way we communicate with you or give you information, for example, appropriate auxiliary aids, Text Telephone- TTY, qualified sign language interpreters for persons with speech or hearing impairments, or alternate format for vision impairment. You can ask for this change, which is called a “REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION”.

If you can show that you have a disability and if your request is reasonable, you can ask for this change. Cornerstone Mission will process requests for reasonable accommodation and will provide reasonable accommodations where appropriate, in a prompt and efficient manner.

 

Welcome to Cornerstone Mission. Cornerstone is an Emergency Homeless Shelter/Family Resource Center, and our goal is to help you become self-sufficient by assisting you with a job search, the setting up of a budget and savings account, and when you’re ready to exit the program, to help you find long-term housing. If you have any questions or concerns, please ask a member of the staff to help you. We are also here to help with your general life skills & spiritual enrichment.

 

You must actively pursue self-sufficiency. This means finding a job first and foremost.  It is up to you to find regular employment. If you are unable to work, you must pursue alternatives such as schooling, job training, or state and/or federal assistance. Your progress in this area will be evaluated. All residents will be required to submit information of their day to day comings & goings which will be evaluated for “forward motion”.

 

We ask that you follow a set of rules while staying here. These are designed to make Cornerstone a safe and healthy environment, and to help you assume basic responsibilities.

Please understand that if you refuse to follow these rules, we have the right to refuse to provide you services.

 

INTAKE:

You must disclose all information required during the intake process. This information must be accurate to the best or your knowledge. The nature of the information you provide will not be held against you, or prevent you from staying at Cornerstone. However, withholding information, or providing false information is grounds for immediate discharge.

 

Basic Guidelines for Intake Non-Acceptance

      1. If the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol at intake attempt they are not eligible for an intake.

      2. If the public search done prior turns up recent and or history of violent crime or sex offense.

      3. The countenance of the individual is aggressive or uncooperative, and after the intake interview it is  

          concluded that they would be a detriment to the program or individuals/themselves.

 

Rules 1 through 10 are ‘zero-tolerance.’ This means if you break any of these rules, you may be discharged immediately from the Cornerstone program.

1.     No drugs, alcohol/ weapons allowed on the premises. Drugs include ALL over the counter medications.   If you do have drugs that a doctor has prescribed they are ALL TO BE SURRENDERED UPON INTAKE.

       Weapons include ALL guns, pocket knives, utility knives, box cutters, scissors & etc.

 

2.     No alcoholic beverages may be consumed while participating in the Cornerstone Program. This includes ALL alcoholic beverages. If you smell of alcohol you will be tested. No mouthwash containing alcohol is allowed.

 

3.     No pornographic material on the premises. Cornerstone reserves the right to define what is or is not ‘pornographic’. If you have questions regarding this, consult the staff.

 

4.     No theft of property whether Cornerstone’s, or that of other residents, etc. In the event of theft, charges will be filed with the police department in conjunction with immediate discharge. You are welcome to clothing in the pantry, but must be assisted by a staff member first before getting items out of the clothing closet. 

 

5.     No physical abuse whether staff, residents or visitors. Physical abuse includes shoving, pushing and finger-poking or touching inappropriately.  In the event of physical abuse, charges will be filed with the police department.

 

6.     No negative involvement with the police. This means being arrested, cited or warned for any reason. This does not mean being stopped and/or questioned.

 

7.     No swearing, foul language or sexual comments. This includes lewd, obscene or “off color” jokes or

        stories.

 

8.     No verbal abuse or harassment of staff, residents or visitors. This rule does include any lying, spreading

        of rumors and general negativity toward the program.

 

9.     You must be in by curfew unless you’re working. Curfew is 8 p.m.

 

10.  All residents physically able to work will be required to fill out a job contact sheet weekly and turn it in by

        each Monday morning. All able bodied residents will be required to be working by the end of their first 30

        days.  Six job contacts and six personal follow up visits (revisit location where applications were originally              dropped off) per week are required and must be verifiable.

 

Rules 11 through 31 are ‘three strikes and you’re out.’ This means you will receive a verbal warning on the first infraction. On the second infraction; a write- up. On the third infraction, you will be discharged from the Cornerstone program. Unless of course you are on zero tolerance…

 

11.   You must sign out whenever you leave the shelter, and sign in when you return.

 

12.   You must complete your assigned house chores on time. If your regular work schedule prevents you from completing your assigned chore, you must find someone to trade with you. Finding a replacement for house chores is your responsibility, but staff needs to be notified.

 

13.   You must complete 3 activities per week. If you have alcohol or drug issues, AA/NA programs will be mandatory. The Life Skills class is mandatory. Optional activities include Church Services and Bible Study & other classes off-site such as anger management classes upon the administrator’s approval.

 

14.   If you are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, you may be required to attend ’30 in 30’ –that is, 30 sessions in 30 days, of either Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous, or up to 90 in 90, as decided by administration.

 

15.   Do not enter the kitchen unless you have been assigned to work there. We have to answer to the Health Department & this rule is strictly enforced.

 

16.   No panhandling anywhere while you are in the Cornerstone program.

 

17.   No shopping carts are allowed on the premises.

 

18.   No loitering in front of the Cornerstone building, or around the property of our neighbors. Residents who wish to relax outdoors may do so in the designated area behind the facility.

 

19.   NO SMOKING ON THE PREMISES. No smoking in front of the shelter or neighborhood businesses;

        all tobacco related products CAN ONLY be used in the designated area in the back yard.  All tobacco and

        tobacco related products must be stored in food locker only.

       

20.   You must shower & brush your teeth every day. Supplies such as soap and shampoo are provided free charge if you are not working. Residents who do not maintain proper personal hygiene may be required to shower immediately and dress in clean clothes, etc. Failure to do so may result in immediate dismissal from the program.

 

21.   You must launder your clothes and bedding at least once per week. The laundry room is accessible from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The cutoff time for the last load of laundry is 6:00 p.m. After house laundry is done, you may do your own laundry anytime during those hours. You must buy your laundry supplies if employed.

 

22.   No sleeping outside the dorm or individual rooms.

 

23.   No food or beverages in the dorm. Residents must eat and drink in the dining room area only.  

 

24.   Proper attire must be worn at all times, including when going from the shower to the dorm or rooms.

        This means shirt, pants or shorts, and shoes. Proper sleep clothing must be worn when sleeping. We

        suggest you wear shower slippers when showering.

 

25.   Clothing with objectionable logos/language may not be worn.  Objectionable themes include anything

        obscene, vulgar, demonic, drug, alcohol or sexual related. Clothing includes shirts, vests, pants, jackets,

        coats and hats.

 

26.   Do not use the food pantry or the kitchen for access to the outside area in back.  Access to this area must

        be through the gate on the side of the building.

 

27.   Women are not allowed in the dorm or resident rooms. If you have a female visitor at the facility, both

        of you must remain in the foyer or the dining area. There will be no kissing, hugging or other displays of

        affection inside the facility by residents.

      

28.   Your personal belongings must be placed on top of your bunk before leaving the shelter for the day. Items left on the floor may be thrown away.

 

29.   CD players and other audio gear may be used only with headphones. Phones must be turned off at

        10:00. Noncompliance with this rule will be confiscation of the equipment to be held by the administrator.

 

30.  Residents are forbidden to fraternize with volunteers, staff or clients on a personal level other than polite

        conversation. Residents are forbidden to ask any volunteer or staff for money. Needs may be conveyed to

        staff and necessary financial help may be warranted but must be determined by administrative staff.

     

31.   Computer privileges are just that, privileges…1/2 hour between 9:00am to 4:00pm are allowed per

        resident. It is primarily for employment purposes only.

 

Cornerstone strives to maintain a safe and healthy environment for the residents, and abide by rules and regulations imposed by various state and local agencies. To this end, Cornerstone reserves the following rights:

 

We have the right to search all residents and their personal belongings in shelter or on the property at any time, without prior notice. This includes lockers, backpacks, satchels and any other container for your belongings. If you refuse the search, you will be discharged immediately. If the search produces contraband, including drugs, alcohol, weapons and/or pornography, you will be discharged immediately.

 

We have the right to test for drugs and or alcohol at any time, without prior notice. If you refuse the test, you will be discharged immediately. If the test result is positive, you will be discharged immediately.

 

DISCHARGE ISSUES:

If you have been discharged for non-compliance with the rules, and/refused shelter, you may appeal the decision. The process is as follows:

 

Within 72 hours you must submit a written appeal to the administrator. The administrator must respond to your appeal within 72 hours of receiving it. If the administrator rejects your appeal, you may submit an appeal to the executive board of directors within 72 hours of the administrator’s rejection. The executive board must respond to your appeal within 72 hours of receiving it. Their decision is final.

 

Whether or not you stay at the facility while your appeal is in process, is a decision the administrator will make. It may not be appealed.

 

Appeals to the administrator and/or the executive board of directors should be mailed to:  Cornerstone Mission Project ~ 3049 Sycamore Ave. ~ Kingman, AZ 86409

 

EXITS:

Upon your exit, all medications and personal property being held for you will be returned.

Additionally, any expenses paid in advance will be refunded to you. If you’re discharged for non-compliance with the rules, you will not be refunded any expenses paid in advance.

 

Upon exit, your belongings may be held for you up to 7 days only. After 7 days, they will be disposed of in any manner which Cornerstone Mission Project, Inc. sees fit, including the sale of, donation of or destroying of said items.

 

If a resident leaves the program before the 90 days or is discharged, he will not be allowed back in the program for 3 days and may only return upon approval of the administrator. Any returnee will be on zero tolerance. NO three strikes.

 

If a resident leaves the program owing fees and tries to come back before paying that debt he may be denied re-entry pending administrative review.

 

RESIDENT STATUS:

Transient Resident: This is your status during the first 7 nights of your stay at Cornerstone. You are being evaluated, and are housed at no charge.

 

Dorm Resident: This is your status after the first 7 nights of your stay. You are charged $25.00 per week for dorm housing. Overnight passes are allowed after 30 days with staff approval if you are in good standing and current on your fees.

 

SHELTER HOURS:

The shelter is vacated at 9:00 a.m. each morning except Sunday. You are expected to either work at regular employment, or search for regular employment during this time. You may remain at the shelter during the day if you are under doctors’ orders to do so, are disabled and have been assigned chores at the shelter, or work at night.

 

Men who are not working and capable of working, are expected to be off premises from 9:00am – 3:00pm, Monday - Friday looking for work, unless permission is expressly given.

 

Curfew is 8:00 p.m., at which time the front door is locked. If you are out and cannot return to the shelter by 8:00 p.m., you must contact the staff immediately and advise them of this. You will not be allowed into the shelter after 8:00 p.m. unless the circumstances are completely unavoidable and beyond your control. In the event you return late, your reason will be evaluated by staff and a decision made whether to allow you inside.

‘Lights out’ is 10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

 

SHELTER FEES:

Resident Fees: $25.00 per week,

 

Upon receiving income from employment, etc. residents will open a checking/savings account at a bank. A budget will be set up, and a percentage of each paycheck will be saved to prepare for exit. The case manager will assist you in setting up a budget and checking/savings account. Because this is another method we use to help you assume responsibility, checking/savings account and budget are not optional. Failure to pay fees due in a timely manner to the mission will result in dismissal from the program.

 

MEDICAL: IF YOU HAVE ANY MEDICAL PROBLEMS YOU MUST REPORT THEM TO STAFF!

 

Medications that your doctor has prescribed must be surrendered to staff during intake. These medications must be in a standard medication container with the prescription label. They will be administered by staff according to the label. The exceptions to this are inhalers and nitroglycerin tablets.

 

Non-prescription medications such as pain relievers and cold remedies may be purchased by you, but must be turned over to staff for documenting so that you can keep them with you.

 

Any prescription medications or un-documented OTC medications possessed by you after intake or initial purchase will be regarded as contraband and will lead to your immediate discharge. All unused medication will be returned to you on exit.

 

VEHICLES & BICYCLES:

If you have an automobile, you must obtain permission from the administrator to park it on the premises. This vehicle must have current registration and insurance, and you must have a valid driver’s license and proof of ownership.

 

If you have a bicycle, you must keep it locked up in the rear area of the facility.

Neither automobiles nor bicycles may be parked or left unattended in parking lots owned by Cornerstone’s neighboring businesses.

 

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

From time to time when we need help and you are in the facility we may need to ask for your help beyond ones normal chore. Failure to be accommodating when asked for help by staff will be noted in the residents file.

 

Residents will be provided with a cold breakfast, a sack lunch (if requested), and a hot dinner. If you require a sack lunch, make arrangements with the kitchen in advance. If you are going to be at work during dinner (4 p.m. to 6 p.m.), you may sign up with the kitchen staff to have a meal reserved for you.

 

If you require a special diet for medical or religious reasons, you must notify the staff during intake. We will make every effort to accommodate these needs.

 

T.V./Movies & literature should be of a non-offensive nature. No “R” Rated movies/text/programs/pictures containing violent, sexual/lewd, vulgar language or behavior.

 

I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)

Updated 5/1/17