Our Life Change Academy is a Christ-centered program focusing on improving the mental, physical and spiritual health of men and women struggling with life issues and chemical dependencies.  We offer a one-year residential program with up to thirteen months of apprentice/transitional opportunities.

We use The Genesis Process as its foundational curriculum, which is a systematic program that offers the tools to heal and grow spiritually, mentally, socially, and physically through: 

  • Self-discovery
  • Understanding addiction
  • Scripture memorization
  • Individual counseling
  • Key thoughts

Academy Phases

Introduction (3 months): During this phase, residents are in an adjustment, probationary period, allowing them to stabilize and learn the routine of the program with VRM Counselors.

  • Gaining clarity on their situation and addiction
  • Identifying physical, mental and academic needs 
  • Setting personal, academic and program goals
  • Learning positive life-skills and techniques

Phase 1 & 2 (3 months each/6 months total): Residents will receive instruction in the areas of recovery and relapse prevention, life skills, vocational and spiritual growth at an entry and intermediate.

Phase 3 (3 months): During this final three months of the educational/vocational piece of the academy, the resident continues to grow in all areas at an advanced level and have the opportunity to be mentored by a trained and qualified volunteer from the community. Upon completion of this phase, the resident is able to graduate —- commemorating an entire year dedicated to their personal restoration. 


Phase 4 (3 months – optional): The resident begins to prepare for transition back into the community though classes that focus on becoming self-sufficient.  The resident will also have the opportunity to get hands-on work experience as an apprentice at VRM.  After completion of this phase of our program a resident may apply for Phase 5 or go directly into aftercare if they are employed and have a place to live off-site.

Phase Five: VRM maintains three properties reserved as Transitional Housing where each resident is encouraged to maintain gainful employment. They continue their recovery in a clean, sober and safe environment.  Our goal is for the resident to become accountable and responsible members of their respective communities. This phase may last up to one year and the resident can apply for Aftercare upon completion.

All phase advancements are based on achievement of program objectives. There are no automatic advancements.

VRM counselors conduct random alcohol and drug urine screens, and are RAS or CAS certified and/or CAARR graduates — providing one to one and group counseling for our Academy residents.

House of Restoration capacity: 32 + 21 transitional (post-graduation) •• House of Hope capacity: 15 + 9 transitional