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 faith-based and evidenced-based curriculum resembling a Christian discipleship 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 self destructive patterns of thinking and dysfunctional 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.
After class, the men volunteer their time for approximately 4-5 hours per day on various work projects in the painting and landscaping industries and volunteer projects at other local Spartanburg and Greenville 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. We worship together at Hope Church on John Dodd Rd. in Spartanburg on Sundays from 9:00am-12:30pm and provide marriage counseling on Sundays to married couples who are open to reconciliation.
As the program progresses, participants are systematically given higher levels of responsibility and expectations in order to prepare them for reality after the program. ETC provides transition assistance at completion which can include help with securing living arrangements, job placement, etc.