General Rules and Ministry Information

Restore Texas Ministries (RTM) is a 501c3 non-profit corporation. The following is a description of how RTM is setup to operate day-to-day (last updated Jan. 17, 2019). This is not an exhaustive description, but it intends to give one an overview of the ministry. These policies may be rescinded, edited, and/or added to at any time without verbal or written notice.

How the ministry is funded
1) We do not receive nor desire government funding (Food Stamps, grants, etc.).
2) Men living at RTM work to pay the day-to-day expenses of the ministry.
3) With this in mind, men are required to work 40 hours per week to pay the bills, and there is no sick time benefit nor is there holiday pay (we are not a for profit corporation or a state agency). Each day off (e.g., holiday, sick time, or court day etc.) will result in a $100 minimum deduction (a days' pay) from one's final benefit. Men may make up their lost pay on Saturdays and/or working longer hours during the week (when work is available and management is able). This is a firm, static policy.
4) Men enter the program on a 30-day probation period. Therefore a man must stay in the program a total of 7 months to receive the full benefit.

What men get
1) Food, housing, work boots (after one month) and one pair of work gloves.
2) Men are given a bi-monthly incidental stipend on the 1st and the 15th (currently $25). Men may, but rarely receive, additional money for clothing based on need assessments via leadership evaluation.
3) When men enter Final Phase (the last three months of their stay), by seniority, they earn $1000 month for the last three months. A full month must be completed--to the day. There is zero benefit for a partial month if a man leaves early or is exited. 40 hours a week of work is required to earn this benefit. Sick time, holidays, and any missed work time has the potential to affect these amounts.
4) Men receive a $1500 graduation bonus if they complete the program. The maximum benefit at RTM is $4500. This is the absolute cap (save overtime work; see below). These funds are used to buy each graduate a car, get then an apartment, pay their court fees, etc.
5) A school welding and carpentry shop is provided for students to learn and/or strengthen a trade.
6) Job placement services.
7) Men may have their own vehicle at RTM upon approval of the director (generally towards the end of the program).
8) Men may, but rarely receive, an additional amount of money depending on need assessments via leadership evaluation.
9) Men are allowed to have a cell phone at the direction of the director, usually toward the end of Final Phase (the last 4-6 weeks of the program), but one must not use it for "Facebooking", texting and the like while on any job.

What men must do
1) Men must be physically able to work while at RTM. If at any time a man cannot work, he must immediately make other housing arrangements. Unfortunately, we are not setup as a medical or long-term care facility.
2) Men must have a work ethic that deserves $12/hour. (In other words: a man cannot be a lazy person and stay at RTM.) This is evaluated regularly.
3) Men must do chores (e.g., mow the grounds, clean the dorms and shop. etc.).
4) When a man first comes to RTM, he is on work crew immediately.
5) Men must perform their duties as assigned by the director, dorm supervisor, and team leaders.
6) If RTM pays anything for a man (e.g., extra clothing, court costs, child support, dental or doctor visit, etc.), these funds come out of one's total benefit up front.
7) Men must maintain a drug and alcohol free lifestyle. There is zero tolerance for violations for drug or alcohol use. If a man uses drugs or alcohol, he will be exited immediately from the program.
8) Spending money on tobacco is not included in our vision for life recovery. Therefore, men must maintain a tobacco/nicotine free lifestyle at RTM. Failing a tobacco/nicotine test results in the following: a $250 penalty is assessed immediately (and for each additional occurrence). These monies are taken out of the benefit monies up front. Therefore, for instance, if a man fails three tobacco/nicotine tests, he would be docked $750 up front.
9) Men enter the Final Phase (school phase, job phase, or business phase--the last three months) at RTM on a first come first served basis.
10) Men may have to come off Final Phase temporarily if the ministry requires monies to pay bills. Although rare, it is a possibility (this has only happened two 1-week periods in 4.5 years).
11) There is no moonlighting at RTM (i.e., side jobs arranged by clients). Men will be removed for this violation.
12) RTM's leadership makes every effort to find 40 hours/week of work for every man. There are times where this is not possible (e.g., work slowdowns; men's poor work ethics). Not working 40 hours/week will result in a lower benefit overall benefit. The benefit is lowered at a rate of $12/hour. For instance, if a man averages 35 hours a week during his stay (the last 6 months are the only months that count for this), his maximum benefit would be $2940 (5 hours missed per week x $12 per hour x 26 weeks--6 months).
13) All hours are added and averaged when a man finishes the program. If his hours are over 40 he is paid at $12/hr. (or a lower rate if we are unable to secure that rate for a particular man, e.g., $10/hr). This is the only factor that could increase the maximum benefit.
14) Church, Bible Studies, Addiction Recovery classes, Chaplain's group discussions, etc. are all mandatory.
15) All men must understand that their enthusiasm matters: every job is an opportunity for more work. Every job is a mini-interview and a reflection of a man's character. Men who understand this typically end the program better off.
16) If a man needs a ride to work (when he gets a job), court, probation, etc., the driver's time ($12/hr.) and mileage (.25/mile) will be logged and deducted from the clients' over all monies up front.

Men will be exited for the following reasons (and others not listed here as well)
1) Creating conflicts in the ministry (e.g., creating drama, being constantly self-centered, being uncooperative with leadership, etc.).
2) Being arrested for a state or federal crime (speeding tickets may result in removal from RTM's driving list).
3) Violating a major policy or for multiple offenses of minor policies.
4) Being uncooperative.
5) Bringing a firearm of any kind onto the property.
6) Being emotionally unstable and not making progress in changing it. (RTM is committed to each man. We provide professional counseling services when men are struggling with emotional issues.)
7) Missing spiritual and personal growth meetings.
8) As stated above, Moonlighting at RTM (i.e., "side jobs" or "off the books" work arranged by clients).
9) For other reasons not listed here that the director and/or Board of Directors feels deserving of an eviction.