When a man arrives at ETC he can expect to be welcomed and loved by the staff and other program men. He will be assigned a “Big-Brother” who will help him get acquainted with the rules and show him the ropes. Wake up is at 6:30, then breakfast and a daily structured prayer time. Classes run M-F from 8-10:30am.
Men will work through curriculum resembling a Christian 12-step approach to recovery. They will have opportunity to unload burdens from their past and be encouraged and taught how to embrace a new lifestyle. Throughout their stay they will be challenged and confronted on wrong ways of thinking and bad attitudes and behavior. High emphasis is placed on developing soft skills such as conflict resolution, building and maintaining healthy relationships and clear communication. There are regular structured opportunities for the men to hold each other accountable for previous week’s attitudes and behaviors in an accountable group setting in order to practice healthy conflict resolution and promote change. This is a program which places high expectations on the men to make real changes and a lot of those changes happen with direct help from their peers.
After class, the men volunteer their time for approximately 5 hours per day on various work projects that can include painting, landscaping, pressure cleaning, or light remodeling. If work projects are scarce, the men will volunteer at other local Spartanburg county churches and non-profits.
In the evenings there are group dinners which are often attended by the staff families, then chores and homework time. Saturday mornings the men volunteer their time on work projects from 8:30-11:30 and then are allowed approved family visitation from 1-5pm and from church through 5pm on Sundays. We worship together at Hope Church on John Dodd Rd. in Spartanburg on Sundays from 9:00am-12:30pm. As each man’s program progresses he is systematically given higher levels of responsibility and expectations in order to prepare him for reality after the program. As a man nears the end of his time we provide assistance in his transition on a case by case basis which can include help with securing different living arrangements, job placement, etc.