Welcome to The Perry Center!
We want your time with us to be meaningful and worthwhile. The Perry Center is a safe environment that offers life skills training and a Christian spiritual growth experience in a residential setting. It is our desire to provide the help, education, and encouragement you need at this time in your life.
The following policies are designed for your safety, as well as to provide the framework for your stay here to be a valuable encounter with God. Our hope is that your experience here provides the love and support you need to make the best decision for you and your baby.
General Residential Policies
The entire property of The Perry Center (any indoor or outdoor space) is a smoke-free, vape-free, e-cigarette free, alcohol-free, and drug-free zone. While being a resident at The Perry Center, there is no smoking allowed. This policy is for the health and safety of all concerned including you and your unborn child. Additionally, if a resident under 18 years of age is found to have alcohol, tobacco, or drugs in their possession, they will be referred to local juvenile authorities. Any resident of any age found in possession of illegal substances will be referred to legal authorities. Refer to N.D.C.C. 23-12-9 to 23-12-12.
North Dakota State Law considers alcohol or drug use by a pregnant woman as child abuse. If you are concerned about your tobacco, alcohol, or drug use or have a history of addiction, please speak to staff about it during your intake interview and we will assist you in getting appropriate help. Your well-being and the safety of your baby is our top priority. If you struggle with addiction concerns, it is essential you meet with an addiction counselor in the community and attend a support group to reside at The Perry Center.
In addition, residents can undergo UA testing (random or scheduled) if illegal substance use is suspected. Residents are subject to a UA test if they are ten minutes past curfew. All residents are required to sign an authorization form prior to residency.
Rent is based on a sliding fee scale that would include room, board, and services. We understand you may be facing financial hardships. You will not be turned away based on your financial situation. If employment is secured, a budget will be created that includes a small rent payment. A signed rental agreement will be completed and can be reevaluated during your stay at The Perry Center.
Rooms should be kept neat and orderly at all times and will be checked frequently by staff. Each resident will have a key to her room and a fob for building access. If lost, another key can be purchased for $5.00 and a building fob for $10.00. A common kitchen and TV area is provided; therefore, no personal TV’s, refrigerators, space heaters, or microwaves are allowed. No food or drinks are allowed in bedrooms. Residents are not allowed in each other’s bedrooms unless they are roommates. Visiting between residents can be done in the commons area.
Residents are expected to complete daily and weekly chores so everyone can enjoy a safe and clean environment. The list of chores and directions on how to complete them will be posted. If chores are not done properly, you will be asked to redo them.
Daily chores: All residents are expected to keep their personal space clean every day. Your personal space includes: 1.) Your assigned room, 2.) Your assigned bathroom, and 3.) Whatever space in the commons area you make use of in the day, as well as cleaning up after breakfast and lunch. After each evening meal, all residents are expected to remain in the kitchen area and assist with cleanup until all kitchen cleanup is complete.
Weekly Chores: Household cleaning chores will be assigned weekly to each resident. You are expected to do a thorough cleaning of that area as well as a daily check for general cleanliness.
After giving birth: We allow each resident to take time off from doing chores for two (2) weeks to help your recovery and bond with your baby.
After C-Section: We allow the resident to take time off from doing chores for four (4) weeks to help with recovery and allow you to bond with your baby.
Each resident must apply for WIC and SNAP. The WIC coupons for food support programs are for you. This food is intended for your use and should remain where you are residing. It will be kept in the refrigerator and cupboards labeled with your name. We do encourage you to use your assistance for the meals prepared for your stay. Everyone will provide milk and meal supplies to fulfill the weekly menu.
Each resident is responsible for preparing their own breakfast and noon meal using their WIC food item. No cooking food is allowed between meals, as healthy snacks and leftovers (to warm up) are always available. The evening meal is always eaten together, family style.
Additionally, each resident will be expected to assist staff in the preparation of at least one evening meal per week. Staff are there to teach you how to prepare meals safely and to keep your diet nutritionally balanced.
All residents assist in evening meal clean-up. If you are unable to be present for the evening meal due to an appointment or work schedule, please let staff know 24 hours in advance. Residents are expected to put their own used dishes in the dishwasher after dinner.
Quiet hours at The Perry Center start at 9:00pm and continue through 7:00pm. The building is locked, and doors are monitored by a security system for the residents’ safety and protection.
For minor residents (age 17 and younger), curfew is 9:00pm Monday through Thursday, 10:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30pm on Sundays. Residents must be in their rooms at 9:00pm.
For adult residents (age 18 and older), curfew is 9:00pm Monday through Thursday, 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:30pm on Sundays. Residents must be in their rooms at 9:00pm.
Check with the staff on duty if a late check-in is needed. No one is to leave or return to the building after curfew as you will set off an alarm and be locked out.
All residents are expected to be fully dressed, modestly and appropriately, by 9:00am. Short shorts, any tops showing your midriff, spaghetti straps, and other revealing clothing are not allowed. No bare feet are allowed outside of the bedroom/bathroom area. You must be dressed appropriately for classes and Bible study. Shoes or socks must be worn in the commons area and hallways. No pajamas can be worn out of the bedroom/ bathroom area. Only full-coverage robes are permitted in the common areas, and only after 8:00 p.m.
Residents are allowed up to 2 evenings out to socialize per week. They must get permission from staff by noon of that day to be permitted out that evening. If plans change staff must be informed. Weekend plans must be approved by staff by noon on Fridays. This must be planned a week in advance with staff. All classes, supper clean up, and assigned chores must be completed before socializing. Residents over the age of 18 may leave the building during free time but must sign IN and OUT, and a phone number they can be contacted at. Residents under the age of 18 will be required to have permission from a parent or guardian and approval by The Perry Center staff to leave the facility.
You may request a pass to go to a family member or volunteer’s home for the weekend or during the holidays. Your case worker or the Director are the only staff able to approve passes and visitors. Group activities (community events, etc.) are sometimes scheduled on weekends. If you are not spending a weekend at a family member’s home, Saturdays are a free day for running errands or visiting friends, except for scheduled group activities. You must give details of your plans to the person on duty and on the sign-out sheet. Sundays are always a day for worship service attendance for all residents. A visitor request must be completed and given to your case worker for approval by Wednesday each week. Visitors or pass approvals will not be approved by contacting the case worker or Director on weekends or after 4:30pm during the week.
House meetings are weekly events that occur every Friday, that all residents must attend. This is an opportunity to discuss issues within The Perry Center that affect all residents, such as chore schedules, group activities, relationships with each other, menu items, etc.
Hygiene – All residents are expected to bathe or shower, brush their teeth, use deodorant, and change clothes every day.
Laundry – Washer and dryer are provided. Laundry loads are not to be started after 8:00pm. You are responsible for washing your own bed linens weekly. Please remove your laundry from the laundry room when your scheduled time is up.
Mail – Mail will be handled by the staff or put in the mail receptacle outside your room.
House/Cell Phone/Computer Use – There is a house phone available for your use in the commons area. You will need to purchase a phone card to make long-distance calls. We encourage calm and kind conversations and a time limit of 10 minutes per call. If conversations are not appropriate, staff will kindly encourage you to end the conversation. Cell phone use of any kind, including texting, is not allowed during in-house classes, meetings, meals, or Bible study times, and will be turned in at curfew. The Perry Center can prohibit cell phones in the building if they are disrupting others or preventing a peaceful environment. Please inform your callers there are no phone calls allowed after 9:00pm on the house phone. When answering the house phone, do not share personal information about other residents. You may not request your personal device until 7:00am. A personal computer or tablet is approved only for high school or college purposes. Devices must be turned in at curfew. A house computer connected to the internet is available to residents upon request. The house computer must stay in the commons area. Each resident is allowed 30 minutes of free time on the devices.
Television – TV can be watched nights starting at 6:30pm, 9:00am on weekends, and will not be available for entertainment during in-house classes, meetings and Bible studies, mealtime, and mealtime clean up. TV time and content is at the discretion of the staff.
Movies, Books, Music, Games, and Other Forms of Personal Entertainment – Only movies with “G”, “PG”, or “PG-13” (with staff approval) ratings are allowed. ANY items with occult (Ouija boards, tarot cards, crystals, horoscopes, witchcraft, etc.), violence, or sexual themes will not be allowed in the building. Any material of this nature in any form found on the premises will be disposed of, regardless of ownership.
All Perry Center residents must receive ongoing and regular prenatal care. You may choose your own physician, or staff can refer you to one. All medical appointments are expected to be kept and attended on time. At each medical appointment, you are responsible to have your physician complete an “Update Form” for your Perry Center file and return it to staff. You will have the opportunity to attend childbirth classes. In addition, each first-time mom is required to participate in a Nurse Family Partnership.
Always check the house schedule when making appointments for WIC, doctor, or other appointments. Try to schedule similar appointments on the same day and near the same time as the other residents’ appointments to help us be efficient with gas costs and staff time if you need a ride. Always schedule your appointments around the in-house class schedule and on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Female friends can visit with prior arrangements with the Director or your case worker.
Male visitors are not allowed.
Parents/Guardians of minor residents are allowed to visit at any time. Other family members may visit as approved by staff. You may visit your family and friends away from the facility during your free time.
Each resident is responsible for her own children. You must keep your child or children in your sight at all times. Residents and staff cannot watch or babysit another resident’s children during their stay at The Perry Center. If you choose to let staff or other residents hold your baby, you are liable and you must be present in the room. Never leave your child alone with staff or residents.
Home visits are permitted after approval from the Director and your case worker once a month for residents who have successfully completed their first 30 days in the program to visit family unless other arrangements have been made. Overnight visits are for approved family members only. No overnight visits will be granted for stays with boyfriends or friends. Weekends begin at noon on Friday and end at 5:00pm on Sunday. The parent or guardian and the staff will arrange home visits for minors. These arrangements should be finalized 24 hours in advance of leaving. Overnight visits are not allowed during the week. If a holiday falls during a weekday, The Perry Center will follow the school vacation schedule. Staff may grant a weekend home pass to visit family if the resident has completed all her in-house responsibilities before departing and is actively participating in programming. Beginning in the eighth month of pregnancy, out-of-town visits can occur only if the doctor has given written permission to travel. A visit request must be given to your case worker by Wednesday each week for approval.
You are required to sign IN and OUT on the sheet on the kitchen counter every time you leave and return. Residents must be specific as to who they are with, where they are going, and provide a phone number and/or address where they can be reached. For your safety, please notify the on-duty staff of your plans, and if your plans change.
You are responsible for making and getting to all your appointments on time. Staff may supply transportation to and from medical, WIC, and Social Service appointments scheduled on appointment days. Staff will give rides to these appointments on Tuesdays and Thursdays, please notify your case worker so we can plan transportation accordingly.
Independence is encouraged and you are expected to learn how to use the public transportation system. Your case worker can assist you in creating a plan to use public transportation. There is a bus stop right next to The Perry Center, at the corner of 7th Avenue South and 45th Street South. While you can ask for rides, do not expect them to be given.
Any resident 18 years or older, who has completed high school or a GED program, and is employed or actively searching for employment, may bring an automobile for her use during her stay at The Perry Center. Proof of a valid driver’s license, current auto insurance and registration, and license plate number is required. We do not permit residents to give rides to other residents regardless of age.
Regular classes scheduled at The Perry Center are designed to enhance your experience and abilities during this period of your life when you are faced with so many life-changing decisions. Some examples of topics covered are life skills, independent living skills, decision making, newborn care, loss and grief, physical exercise, and single parenting. All residents are required to participate in appropriate classes. Please check the calendar to see what time classes will be held. Your appointments with your case worker will be posted on the calendar and other required events will be posted on the calendar located in the commons area.
Your case worker’s office is in The Perry Center office building and is available to provide one-on-one Christian based counseling. All residents will meet with their case worker at least once per week. Group counseling may also be available. Your case worker will also teach classes, assist you in planning and decision-making, be a support person, help coordinate services, and make appropriate referrals.
Residents are provided the opportunity to deepen their relationship with God and further their walk with Jesus as their personal Savior through a variety of activities.
If a resident does not have a personal Bible, one will be given to her.
A prayer of thankfulness is said at each meal.
Daily devotions are held after each evening meal.
All residents attend Bible study, which is held in-house, one to two times per week.
Staff are available to pray with the residents at any time it is needed or requested.
Every Sunday all residents attend worship services. Church attendance is mandatory and a ride to and from worship will be provided for all the residents attending the same worship service. You may go to any church outside of where The Perry Center takes you as long as a ride is provided by someone from that congregation is preapproved by your case worker. Your case worker can assist you in connecting you with someone at that congregation. You will be required to have a bulletin to give your case worker verifying you went to church.
All medications are locked up in a safe, which only the staff have access to. The staff are trained regularly to follow the procedures for safe and effective use, storage, and disposal of prescribed and over-the-counter medications. All medications must be taken as prescribed by a physician or qualified health professional. Residents and their children will have their medication use monitored. Residents are responsible for remembering when to take their medication and asking a staff member to get it for them. Prenatal vitamins can be kept in resident’s rooms.
Protocol Medication Orders
If your physician has standing orders, please supply a copy to the staff. Examples of standing orders are laxatives, antacids, or pain medication.
All medication orders will be reviewed by the prescribing physician when needed (frequency is based on the type of medication, the dosage amount, the length of time the resident has been on the medication, and concern with side effects and adverse reactions) to determine appropriateness and effectiveness for the medication.
Do not start or stop medication without consulting your doctor.
Written orders from a physician must accompany all prescribed medication or medication changes. These orders will be documented on the Medication Monitoring Record (MMR) by the staff.
The MMR will be used for each resident. Staff will be responsible for filling out the MMR and the resident should be involved. Please do not scribble on the MMR. Read the MMR and fill out each area upon admit and monthly thereafter. The House Parent and Resident Assistant(s) will complete the MMR. At the end of every month, the MMR will be given to the Director for review and will be filed If a resident refused medication or is not taking them properly, the Director will be informed immediately.
Storage of Medication
Medication must be stored as directed on the label.
All medication, both prescriptions and over the counter (including vitamins), must be stored in a medication box that is always locked.
Medications must be properly labeled and stored in the original bottle. If the medication comes with the resident upon admission, it must be in the original bottle, labeled with their name, name of medication, and dosage.
Over the counter medication will be documented on the back of the MMR. The date and times, and amount given will be written. Then the staff must sign at the end of the sentence. Please check with a pharmacist or physician to make sure the resident is able to take an over-the-counter medication before giving those medications to avoid unsafe medication interactions. The resident has responsibility for this, as well as their medication.
Staff will complete the disposal of the medication during a resident’s stay at The Perry Center. Any outdated medication, medications left behind, or medication that a resident is no longer taking will be given to the Director. A form will be completed that shows the medication has been disposed of properly and the form will be filed in the resident’s file.
Twenty (20) hours of volunteer time is required during the first 30 days of residency. Volunteer opportunities will be the resident’s choice of either Tender Hearts Daycare, Youth for Christ, or New Life Center Thrift Store. A signed time sheet with completed time will be returned to your case worker. “Baby Bucks” will be gifted as a thank you for volunteer hours completed.
Community Activities Policies
Mentors are volunteers from the community that are meant to be a friend and spiritual mentor to you during your stay at The Perry Center. You and your mentor will meet on a weekly basis and develop a trusting relationship that will hopefully last beyond your stay at The Perry Center. She will be involved as the two of you determine what is appropriate or needed. She may be your childbirth coach, attend birthing classes with you, provide rides to appointments, or a weekend visit to her home to stay with her family. Your mentor may bring you to church, a community-based Bible study, and work on Bright Course lessons with you.
North Dakota State Law requires that any person under the age of 16 must attend school.
Additionally, The Perry Center requires any resident under the age of 18 who has not completed their high school education must attend an educational program toward the goal of achieving their high school diploma or equivalent degree while residing at The Perry Center. There are several options from which to choose. Your case worker will assist you in a referral to the program of your choice.
If a resident is 18 years old or older, and has not completed their high school education, The Perry Center requires attendance at an Adult Basic Education Program. Regular progression toward the achievement of a General Equivalence Diploma (GED) should be attained while residing at The Perry Center.
Employment is encouraged for all residents who have achieved their high school diploma or GED and have successfully completed their first 30 days at The Perry Center. Your case worker will work with you on creating goals in this area as well as exploring other life goals. If the resident has not obtained paid employment within the first 60 days of employment eligibility, employment classes and additional volunteer activities are expected.
Once employment is successfully obtained, your schedule needs to be arranged to meet program requirements. Give a copy of your work schedule and notify them of any changes so staff can assist in transportation and coordination of house activities.
Residents may only work part-time so self-care and programming can be taken care of first. We recommend 15-20 hours per week. Copies of proof of income (from employment, TANF, or other assistance) must be provided to your case worker monthly.
The in-house programming activities at The Perry Center are the priority on your schedule for you to fully benefit from your time with us.
Bright Course is a curriculum-based program to help women learn, grow, and understand how to parent. You will be given the opportunity to earn “Baby Bucks” through each lesson done with your mentor or staff. Baby and personal items may be bought from our store of new and gently used items. The number of lessons you do each week will be determined by your case worker.
There are rules, laws, guidelines, and policies in place to protect us on a daily basis. If any of the guidelines are broken in our daily life, there are consequences.
At The Perry Center, the following consequences have been established to protect and teach natural consequences for breaking policies. Some examples of policies that may not be broken are violation of curfew, missing programming (including house meetings, appointments with your case worker or outside professionals, and other classes offered through programming), or not attending weekly church services.
We would like to reassure potential residents life is a journey of learning with great consequences at times. We will support each resident through the learning process by having natural consequences for behaviors.
Verbal reminder of policies. Identify the behavior and how it leads to consequences.
Verbal reminder of policies and additional chores.
Verbal reminder of policies, extra chores, loss of privileges such as computer, phone (can still be used for emergency such as 911), passes, TV, and/or other privileges.
Meeting with the resident, staff and/or family members and/or outside professional working with the resident, which would include your case worker. At this level, a plan for discharge may be implemented.
Immediate discharge if residents, children, or a staff member is in danger. This includes but not limited to: threats or acts of violence, acts considered “hate crimes,” weapons, and illegal drug or alcohol use or brought to the premises.
The above policies maintain a workable environment between The Perry Center residents and staff. The Perry Center reserves the right to evict residents who refuse to abide by or continually abuse the policies. We can discharge you at any time if we determine your stay is no longer therapeutic for you or others. The eviction and discharge can occur without using the incident scale above. You have 30 days from the date you are discharged to schedule a pick-up of your belongings. We encourage you to take your belongings with you at the time of discharge. There are no extensions offered beyond 30 days.
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