Luke 15 House is an “All-The-Way” house on the road to a free and fulfilling life, where men can recover and transition from darkness to light.
Our residents come to us wounded, broken, desperate and without hope. They bring alcoholism, drug addiction, and criminal history. Many have mental illnesses, including ADD, ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and attempted suicide. Some have spent time in jail, some have lived on the streets, and many cannot be in contact with their own children.
To initiate the process of healing in their lives, we immerse them in the abundance of God’s love and mercy. When the shackles to the past start to break, we nurture them to a future of promise and hope.
Through the delivery of a Structured Program, we assist residents in obtaining the skills and tools required to become responsible and productive members of society. We foster personal growth and development in a safe, respectful, and structured environment.
We help our residents work through a 12-Step Program, with prayer, coaching, counselling, and mentorship. They are taught Life Skills, values, and most importantly, how to make good life choices. Turning their self-defeating behaviours into goal-oriented positive outcomes, they rebuild their lives around faith, trust and love.
The Resident Journey
1. welcoming a lost person
Addiction to drugs and alcohol
Living in darkness
Wounds of the past
Separation from family
Agreeing to start over
Choosing a new life
Drug and Alcohol Counselling from professional counsellors, recent counsellor graduates - paid, practicum and volunteers.
3. Moving in
Nutritious meals - Canada Food Guide
House and garden, residential neighbourhood
A fresh set of clothing
4. Psychological & Social SUPPORT
We help our resident begin the process of self disclosure and self awareness, and to deal with emotions and feelings, by providing …
A circle of friends
Love, Understanding & Acceptance
Individual Counselling - by a part time staff, certified life skills coach.
Group Counselling - with help from Rhodes Wellness College
Group work focuses on behaviours associated with addiction and provides tools for stable recovery by dealing with issues responsible for dysfunction including:
Risks and Trust
Anger & Stress Management
Effective Communication Skills
Self Esteem and Self Worth
Relationships and Codependency
Emotional, Physical and Sexual Abuse
Budgeting and Money Management
Attitudes, Motivation and Procrastination
Developing Healthy Boundaries
Letting Go and Surrender
Self-Will and God’s Will
Identifying and Expressing Emotions
Acceptance and Forgiveness
5. 12 steps program
“God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” - Serenity Prayer
A spiritual journey
Finding balance between acceptance & change
Accepting that hardship in life and external circumstances are beyond one’s control
Developing courage to influence one’s feelings and emotional health through the things we can control — thinking and action.
Finding spiritual truths and practical wisdom
Discovering self worth
Climbing one’s own mountain
“There is joy in the presence of angels over one who repents”
6. LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
Concurrent with 12 steps…
Weekly Group Workshops
Shared Living Experience
Preparing Meals, Buying Groceries
House Rules & Code of Conduct
Vegetable Gardening, Landscaping
Preparation for transition to school or work
7. Discovering Spirituality
We help our clients discover their spirituality by incorporating the message of mercy, forgiveness and love of God in their recovery. We have daily devotions and our clients are encouraged to attend Church on Sunday’s and feast days and special devotions during advent and lent. Those residents who would like to follow a Christian faith are initiated and instructed by staff and volunteers who prepare them for their baptism.
Nick Gumble’s Alpha Program was introduced in February 2014 and is a 12 week program on developing a deeper relationship with God. This program has been adapted for prisons by Alpha Canada. This is conducted back to back throughout the year and results in…
Accessing spiritual power
Experiencing death and resurrection
Coming to know a compassionate god
Understanding the Christian perspective
Transformation through Christ and the Cross
“ This son of mine was dead and is alive again: he was lost and is found”
Breaking the chains of addiction
Relapse Prevention Plans are worked on by each resident, involving:
Life Line and Drug History Graph
Stages of Relapse
Understanding the Symptoms of Relapse
Identifying Danger Signals
Recognizing and avoiding Triggers
Building a Support System
Daily Moral Inventory
Emergency Telephone Numbers
AA/NA/CA Meeting Schedules
Celebrating a “Found” person
Living in the light
Reuniting with family
Living Productive lives
Future Life Planning
Transitioning to home life and work
We organize annual events for our community, including a Summer BBQ, Graduation Celebration, Christmas Dinner, Thanksgiving Dinner, Baptisms, Fundraisers & Easter Dinner. Check out our News & Events page for press articles, resources, social media, and Capital Campaign.