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1 To Whom It May Concern: Center of Hope is a non-profit, faith based rehabilitation program developed to assist men, women and young people in restoration and improvement of their current situations, through a twenty-four hour in-patient program. The mission of Center of Hope is to help those who seriously desire assistance in restoring their lives and families, through a relationship with Jesus Christ by means of the message of the Gospel. Our faith-based program has been developed with all stringency to produce moral character, personal responsibility, relationship skills, and work appreciation through fundamental Christian values, individual counseling, and work scheduling. We currently supervise cases under advisement with several different jurisdictional agencies listed at the end of this letter. Our objective here at Center of Hope is not only to support these individuals in fulfilling the conditions of their probation, but also in helping them establish the skills they need to build stability in their daily lives. We have in the past and are currently assisting individuals which are assigned to this program under advisement of the state. Our program s services are provided free of charge, making this a very viable alternative to DOC and Community Corrections, and provides a disciplined environment in which to promote change, and transition back into society which will ultimately benefit the individual, family and community. Center of Hope requires a minimum one-year residential contract from those who wish to be admitted to the program. During which time participants are not allowed to have gainful employment outside the program. Work in the program is non-profit and non-compensatory for the very purpose of rehabilitation and establishing work ethic. For further information see section on course of treatment). It is our policy as a program that although we freely work in cooperation with secular programs such as B.I. Inc. This ministry will not fund participant s activities in these programs. Center of Hope operates in the same basic principles as most other programs by confronting these areas by faith. And that faith involves the individual s relationship with God. 2 Corinthians 5: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation.

2 Fundamentally we address the same objectives and theme but in terms of an individual s moral responsibility in knowing the representation of God in his/her life. In addressing this, we follow up in counseling and work situations to implement these fundamental truths in practical everyday situations. We believe the Holy Bible or The Word of God is a universally respected text concerning setting standards and boundaries for a person to renew their thinking as many other programs focus on this same type of objective minus the Bible. However, we believe without a faith-based style, the renewed thinking cannot be established in an individual unless it becomes a place of moral and spiritual responsibility. This aspect sets this program apart from just secular counseling. Change depends on a person s willingness to do so and faith is the vehicle to get them to achieve sobriety which is an individual s reasonable service to God. Romans 12:1-3 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. If you have any questions or concerns about this program please do not hesitate to contact us at (303) Sincerely,

3 Pastor Ray Chavez Founder Program Information and Course of Treatment In this program we desire to assist individuals in all areas of their behavioral intervention and spiritual well-being. The course of treatment listed below is part of the Center of Hope residential requirements. They are stringent, not only to meet but to exceed conditions set by the state in cases of advisement. The purpose of this letter is to bring an open line of communication concerning the purpose, objective, and course of treatment our program takes in the role of rehabilitation. Our goal is to assist individuals in redirecting their energies and helping him/her to develop positive goals that not only benefit the individual but benefit the community as well. It is our sincere desire to bring individuals to a level of behavioral maturity. Not only to recognize their behavior but develop positive goals and a moral foundation that establish fundamental Christian character and integrity. This will ensure that they will function in mainstream society with a positive role in their family, church and community. Through the course of this program we desire to bring individuals to an understanding of exactly how their behavior affects the lives of others both negatively and positively. This is contrived in the following residential requirements which are continually supervised and adjusted to address individual needs and issues: Work scheduling: 40+ hours per week (please remember hours are based on a residential status). This process brings discipline, and a true work ethic to develop the skills and attitudes needed to make and maintain an honest living, avoiding stress brought on by lack of fundamental desire of the value of work including time and priority management, authority structure, obedience, goal setting, personal responsibility, and work confidence. These skills and attitudes will be addressed not only to bring individuals to be productive workers, but leaders in the community, in order that they may be determined and successful in whatever they endeavor to do. Work programs are all nonprofit activities which include church janitorial work, building maintenance, community services, etc.

4 The client will develop the necessary attitudes to participate and learn from helping others with non-compensatory activities. The impact is evident in both positive and negative attitudes, as we work to detach individuals from street survival behavior to a positive attitude of charity. In time, as an individual grasps positive attitudes, we insert them in supervisory roles in work groups so they will recognize how to accomplish tasks through attitudes of positive leadership and not threats, intimidation, coercion, misappropriation or manipulation, as these attitudes are of no effect in a controlled workplace environment. Through all of this we hope to assist the individual s needs and we count them not as just clients but friends of this ministry and participants in the work of God. Behavioral Education: 40+ hours per week (please remember hours are based on a residential status). This education is all based and thoroughly rooted in the Word of God, and these classes are based on standards set forth in the Holy Bible. We desire to develop an appreciation of the Word and its application in everyday life of the individual a road map to life. These sermons, teachings, and seminars involve a variety of subjects including relationship issues, substance abuse, anger reduction, reconciliation, attitudes of leadership, productive thinking, resource management, financial planning, goal setting, family values, community involvement, integrity, character, faithfulness, etc. These classes are taught by Pastor Ray Chavez and various other church leaders not only from this church but other affiliated churches. Both Pastor Ray Chavez and Pastor Ed Espinosa are Certified Addiction Counselors Level III (CACIII), licensed by The State of Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies. Many of the classes are taught by individuals that were former convicts and addicts who have determined to serve the Lord and have successfully overcome their situations by applying the teachings of the Word of God to their daily life. These classes utilize a very fundamental text and how the Word is something that can be used not only in the program but outside of the program for guidance in daily decisions that affect the individual, family and community. Most individuals as they take these teachings, slowly but steadily develop attitudes and behaviors that improve their situation as they apply them daily to their life. Our objective is to develop learning skills which individuals will need all their life. It is not an inability to learn that hinders most individuals progress but a deficiency in attention given to subjects that do not appear to have immediate value in learning. However in studying the Word of God it appears, as time goes on that spiritual and moral responsibilities bring that attention using this fundamental text. Not just a philosophy but

5 a new way of life through learning the Word of God an experience for individuals that will develop a love for wisdom, knowledge and principles that will keep everything in perspective if developed as a life long practice. Personal Counseling: 5+ hours per week (please remember hours are based on a residential status). The counseling provided is to address the individual needs of each client. If requested or necessary more or fewer hours are adjusted as the individual needs. Our desire is to see a reliance on personal refection in that the individual may mature in their way of thinking according to the teachings of the gospel. A counselor is available 24hrs a day in and outside of the residential program. However, as a person relies on the church and the Bible as a foundation, we find that counseling is less needed as the individual matures in their behavior. Center of Hope is licensed by the state of Colorado to administer Level I and Level II Education and Therapy in addition to Relapse Prevention course curriculums. We are also a Colorado Department of Corrections (DOC) Approved Treatment Provider (ATP). Center of Hope provides Adult General Offenders Group and Adult Substance Abuse treatment services to DOC offenders, in addition to on-site monitored sobriety services of Urinalysis and Breathalyzers. Community Outreach: During the time of affiliation in the program individuals are expected to participate in community outreach through the ministries of the church. Through participation, individuals find an appreciation for others in the community as well a positive social interaction in the community. Individuals in the program who demonstrate aptitude and are viewed as trustworthy are placed into ministry participation in various disciplines such as music ministry, children s and youth ministries, ushers, street outreach ministries, etc. Some individuals choose to continue in the men s discipleship program in which individuals continue on to be ministers in different fields such as teachers, pastors, and evangelists. These advancements are intended to develop an awareness of the needs of the mainstream community and those who are disaffected in the community. It is our hope, through all of this, that clients will take their place as pillars of the community. Proving to themselves that they can be instrumental in reaching others and especially those in the situations that they themselves were involved in, and in all of this that the assistance they receive in this ministry will be passed on to others in the community.

6 Under the supervision of this program we will observe that individuals comply with those conditions set by the state. We intend to keep working on an individual basis with each person as they overcome negative behaviors. Moreover, we believe that continued guidance is necessary to establish lasting change. We also believe this guidance may be the difference between continually maintaining the positive behavior and faithbased lifestyle or returning to the negative behaviors and continuing in the street survival lifestyle. Our recommendation is that all individuals proceed with this program until completion and re-entry through the program. Participants are accountable to the advisement of the church for all daily activities in and outside of the regular church functions and the schedule established by the resident program. It is our desire to continue assisting individuals and establishing them as the leaders and true men of God. We believe all individuals can be productive members of the community and church as well as fulfilling a positive role in their own family. Sincerely, CENTER OF HOPE Pastor Ray Chavez

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