Rules of Residency

The Welcome House Rules of Residency are explained below.

Please download a copy of the Rules of Residency for your reference.

Rule 1: AA/NA Attendance and Sponsorship

Each resident is REQUIRED to attend Welcome House AA/NA meetings (held daily at 8 am and 7 pm). All Welcome House meetings are MANDATORY for ALL residents within the Probation/ Assessment period. If you are in the house and there is a meeting in progress, be in that meeting! Probationary residents must attend a minimum of 2 outside and 5 inside meetings—a total of 7 meetings per week. Residents must remain present from the start of the meeting until the end to receive credit. When attending an outside meeting, the resident must turn in an “Outside Meeting Slip” signed by the meeting leader to receive credit. Residents MUST obtain an out-of-house or approved in-house sponsor (core + member) as a requirement of the Welcome House program. 

Once a resident has attended ninety (90) meetings AND obtained a sponsor, the minimum attendance REQUIREMENT is four (4) meetings per week, at least two (2) must be Welcome House meetings, and at least two (2) must be outside meetings. (This includes Welcome House University classes or sessions).

While on a pass, residents are EXPECTED to attend outside meetings and should consult with the office for assistance with meeting locations. For more information on local meetings, visit or

New residents are REQUIRED to attend the following Welcome House University classes within their first fourteen (14) days of residency:

  • New Resident Orientation
  • Sponsorship 
  • What is a 12-Step Program?
  • Step 1: Surrender

Additional Welcome House University classes may also be required to complete the program successfully or as management directs.  

The semi-monthly All House meetings are MANDATORY for all residents and are held on the second Thursday and last Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. or as posted. 

Mandatory meetings are just that – MANDATORY. If you are in the house and there is a meeting in progress, YOU MUST GO TO THE MEETING! Failure to comply with the meeting attendance requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.

Rule 2: Use of Alcohol or Mind Altering Drugs

The USE or POSSESSION of alcohol, mind-altering drugs, or drug paraphernalia in any form (including mouthwash, cough medicine, anything that contains alcohol, legally controlled drugs or substances, and illegal drugs of all forms) WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House. Residents will be discharged from the Welcome House program on suspicion of using the above substances at the discretion of Management. 

Periodic urine and breath alcohol tests will be given as a requirement of the program and at the discretion of Management. When asked to participate in a BA, residents must do so immediately. For a UA, residents have two hrs. to provide a sample. Residents must remain in the lobby area until the successful completion of the testing process.   

Refusing to take a UA or BA, or inability to produce a UA sample in the allotted time frame, is considered the same as testing positive and will result in IMMEDIATE dismissal from the program. 


Residents MAY voluntarily disclose to staff that they have used or drank. The resident will be discharged and directed to go to detox. After completion of detox (or seven days), the resident may reapply for admission. Management will then decide if and when the resident may reenter the Welcome House program.

POSITIVE UA OR BA: Residents who test positive on a drug screen or show any level of intoxication on a breathalyzer are immediately discharged and MAY NOT apply for readmission for a minimum of thirty (30) days and WILL BE subject to additional admission requirements.

Rule 3: Program and Recovery Team Participation, Counseling and Referrals

Active program and recovery team participation, counseling sessions, referrals, and adherence to program and recovery team direction are MANDATORY for ALL residents. Lay counseling sessions and recovery coaching is provided through the Welcome House “Lay Counseling Program” and may be scheduled or directed by the staff. 

 In addition to the Lay Counseling Program, residents must meet with Recovery Support Staff regularly (as determined by level or staff) for check-ins, counseling, and assessments.

Failure to comply with the program and recovery team participation, counseling, and referral requirements WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.

Rule 4: Employment

ALL residents are REQUIRED to be employed or actively seeking employment. Unemployed residents are REQUIRED to be ready and leave the Welcome House by 9 am daily to seek employment. Unemployed residents MUST ATTEND the 8 am AA/NA meeting and MUST LEAVE immediately following. Unemployed residents on restriction MUST RETURN to Welcome House between 2 pm – 5 pm. 

ALL unemployed residents are REQUIRED to participate in Jumpstart and day labor opportunities as a program requirement or as directed by Management.

Residents participating in the Jumpstart Program should discuss their eligibility and the program requirements with Recovery Support Staff. 

Residents who receive disability compensation and cannot or choose not to work MUST SECURE external volunteer opportunities or volunteer a minimum of 20 hrs. a week at the Welcome House. Failure to comply with the employment/volunteerism requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House. 

Rule 5: Program Participation Fee or Rent (Room and Board)

The program participation fee, often called “rent,” is $182.00 per week, paid in advance. All Residents Must Remain a Minimum of One (1) Week ($182.00) Ahead of Program Participation Fees. 

Residents who cannot make advance payments in full or have fallen one (1) week behind in fees will be subject to house restriction and be REQUIRED to sign and comply with an ALTERNATE RENT PAYMENT PLAN as determined by ManagementJust as they are in life, personal accountability and responsibility are keys to successful recovery. The Welcome House is here “to carry the message of recovery, not to carry the alcoholic or addict.” 

Failure to comply with the program participation fee requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.

Rule 6: Restriction

Residents are RESTRICTED to the house during the probation and assessment period (except to work or seek employment). To move from the probationary and assessment period, residents must meet with their Recovery Support Specialist, attend all the “First Four” Welcome House University Classes, be current on fees, have a negative UA, and complete the clinical assessment and screenings. The resident will remain on house restriction and probation until these requirements are met. Residents on restriction can leave only to look for work starting at 9:00 am and are not allowed to return until 2:00 pm (but must return no later than 5:00 pm) to seek active employment ONLY.

Exceptions may be approved for legal and medical appointments with management approval.

Court-ordered residents may be subject to additional stipulations directed by the courts.

Failure to comply with the restriction requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.

Rule 7: Gambling, Theft, Violence, Threatening Behavior, Vandalism or Any Unlawful Behavior

Gambling, theft, violence, threatening behavior, bullying, discrimination, vandalism (defacing or damage to any Welcome House property), or ANY unlawful conduct will result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL from the Welcome House. Unlawful conduct includes illegal downloading of copyrighted media (movies, music, files, etc.) from Welcome House Wi-Fi or any Welcome House-owned devices. Management will report applicable and relevant information to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.  

Rule 8: Prescription and Other Medications

All prescription medication MUST be identified and inventoried with staff during resident admission. When a resident receives a new prescription or an adjustment to an existing medication, staff must be notified immediately. Residents must lock their prescription medication in their resident’s footlocker or a Welcome House-approved lockbox. Medications that require refrigeration will be held at the front desk.

All medications are subject to management approval. Prohibited medications include, but are not limited to, narcotic medicines, tranquilizers, benzodiazepines, opiates, and amphetamines. Opioid replacement therapy (suboxone/buprenorphine) is by management approval only.  

Residents are REQUIRED to take ALL medications AS PRESCRIBED or INDICATED on the labelThe Welcome House is NOT responsible for the resident(s) medical or pharmaceutical care.  

 Please note: Residents found to be, or suspected of, abusing over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed, permitted medications WILL BE considered NON-COMPLIANT.

Failure to comply with the prescription and other medication requirements WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.  

Rule 9: Curfew and Quiet Time

Residents are REQUIRED to observe house curfew and quiet time. When curfew takes effect, noise levels will be at a “quiet level” in common areas and rooms. The front and courtyard doors are locked, and no permitted access outside except for individuals leaving for work or coming in from work. NO exceptions will be made to this policy.

Failure to comply and return to Welcome House by curfew is considered AWOL, and the resident voluntarily discharges themselves from Welcome House.

Curfew times are as follows, except if posted otherwise:

  • Sunday thru Thursday 10:30 PM – 5:00 AM
  • Friday and Saturday Midnight – 5:00 AM

Failure to comply with the curfew and quiet time requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.  

    Rule 10: Weekend or Overnight Passes

    Upon completion of the probationary period and entering the full program at level one, residents are eligible to request a 24-hour pass at the discretion of Recovery Staff. At level two, a 48-hour pass, and at level three, up to 71 hours. Passes are approved by a member of the Recovery Staff only if the resident meets compliance requirements (program fees, meeting attendance, and current UA). All passes MUST be approved IN ADVANCE and IN PERSON. You must sign out on a pass at the front desk and give your expected date and time of return. NO EXTENSIONS will be granted over the phone; you must return at the end of your pass. ONLY Management can approve emergency pass requests or situations. Residents are expected to meet the recovery meeting requirements while on the pass. The resident must report directly to the front desk when returning from a pass. 

    Court-ordered residents may be subject to additional stipulations directed by the courts.

    Failure to comply with the overnight pass requirement WILL result in DISMISSAL from the Welcome House.

    Rule 11: Sign In/Sign Out

    ALL residents are REQUIRED to sign in/sign out when leaving or returning to the Welcome House (print first and last name and note time of departure/return).  

    When working past curfew or overnight, the resident must inform the front desk and provide an expected return time. Residents will be AWOL (absence without leave) if not in the house, not signed out, and no notification has been provided to the desk staff.  

    Rule 12: Resident Visitation

    All visitors must sign in and out on the visitor’s log and must remain in the common areas. Visitors are not permitted in the resident wings. Visitation by non-residents is limited to non-curfew hours. New non-program (significant other, friends/family) visitor hours 2pm – 9pm excluding events that will open hours to friends/family. Program visitors (sponsor, case manager PO) hours are 9am to 9pm. Visitors are subject to management approval and must be accompanied by the resident they are visiting at all times. Disruptive or unaccompanied guests will be told to leave promptly. 

    Failure of a resident to comply with the visitation requirement WILL result in a DISMISSAL from the Welcome House. 

    Rule 13: Dress Code and Personal Hygiene

    ALL residents MUST be dressed appropriately in public areas (including the first floor, the deck, the courtyard, the dining hall, etc.)—appropriately dressed means wearing shirts, pants, or shorts and shoes. 

    Nudity is NOT allowed. Residents MUST be covered at all times, except when changing clothes in their room and shower room. Tank tops, pajamas, or open-toed shoes are NOT permitted in the dining room.  

    Hand-cut tank tops, torn sleeveless shirts, or “A-shirt under shirts” are NOT PERMITTED in any public area, patio, or parking lot.


    Residents are REQUIRED to shower daily and maintain personal hygiene. 

    New residents may request a hygiene pack from the front desk. When available, a resident may receive financial assistance for laundry services from the desk staff.

    Failure to comply with the dress code and personal hygiene requirements WILL result in disciplinary action.

    Rule 14: Appliances/Electronics/Personal Belongings

    Hot plates, coffee makers, refrigerators/microwaves, and space heaters are NOT PERMITTED in resident rooms or hallways. ALL electronic devices are subject to Management approval and MUST be plugged into a surge protector to comply with KANSAS CITY FIRE REGULATIONS (surge protectors are available at the office for a fee). Please note TV sizes are to be 32″ or smaller. ALL approved electronics MUST be turned off when not in use. 

    The Welcome House is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal property. Be advised not to buy, sell, trade, or loan personal belongings of value (cell phones, electronics, clothing, etc.) to other residents.  

    It is strongly suggested that you refrain from bringing items of high value. Welcome House is not liable for your personal belongings, including residents’ property, in the Welcome House parking lot (i.e., cars, mopeds, or bicycles).  

    You must secure your personal belongings if you choose to leave the Welcome House or be dismissed. Items left behind by a resident will be packed up and stored for ten days. After ten days, all items left behind and not claimed are considered abandoned and will be donated or disposed of. Welcome House is not liable or responsible for items abandoned due to any dismissal.

    Failure to comply with the electronics requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.

    Rule 15: Resident Phone, Elevator and Mail

    All phone calls on the resident’s phones are limited to ten (10) minutes. See the desk staff for usage details. Residents are NOT PERMITTED to use any of the office phones (except in emergencies). Elevator use is limited. Please use the elevator as necessary for moving in/out or for medical conditions pre-approved by Management. Residents are directed to use the stairs. Mail service to the Welcome House is restricted to current residents only. Any mail or packages received for a non-resident will be returned to the sender. The only mail to be held will be for alumni participating in the Thrive program. 

    Failure to comply with the resident phone requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.

    Rule 16: House and Resident Room Cleanliness

    Resident rooms are to be kept clean, uncluttered, and organized, with NO OPEN FOOD, beds made daily, floors vacuumed, and linens and clothing laundered weekly. Room inspections are conducted regularly. No outside furniture is allowed, only furniture provided by the WH. NO PERSONAL ITEMS (pictures, posters, etc.) are to be hung on room walls unless using damage-free hanging strips (i.e., Command Picture Hanging Strips/Hooks). See desk store to purchase. 

    Residents are REQUIRED to help with house cleaning and chore activities as listed on the weekly Chore Roster or as directed by Management. Assigned chores must be completed daily. Residents are REQUIRED to sign off on the chore once the chore has been completed. 

    Failure to sign off on chores will be considered a failure to complete the assigned chore. When on a pass, or otherwise unable to complete a chore, the resident must make arrangements for the chore to be completed. Residents are REQUIRED to maintain cleanliness in ALL common areas whether or not the site is your assigned chore. Meaning if you see a mess, clean it up immediately. Maintaining a clean environment is a sign of respect and gratitude. Failure to comply with the house and resident room cleanliness requirements WILL result in disciplinary action.  

    Rule 17: Resident Galley Kitchen

    Residents must maintain a clean, organized galley kitchen. The refrigerator and galley storage areas are ONLY for storing food and beverages provided by the Welcome House. Anything in the galley kitchen is open to all residents except for items that are labeled for a specific resident, i.e., late plates. All unauthorized items will be discarded. Failure to comply with this requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.  

    Rule 18: Privacy and Room Access/Search

    Residents should expect MINIMAL privacy. In most cases, residents share rooms with other residents. The Welcome House reserves the right for staff to access rooms at ANY time deemed appropriate or necessary and to search a room or residents’ personal belongings. Residents must open any locked storage immediately upon request by staff. Welcome House reserves the right to open any locked storage container. Welcome House will confiscate anything found against Welcome House rules or policy or deemed dangerous to staff or residents. Failure to comply with a room or personal belongings search WILL result in IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL.

    Rule 19: Smoking/ Non-smoking

    Welcome House is a NON-SMOKING facility. Smoking is NOT PERMITTED anywhere inside or in front of the building, the courtyard, or Welcome House vehicles. Residents that choose to smoke MUST do so outside in the designated smoking area. The courtyard is NOT a designated area.

    Vaporizer use is ONLY PERMITTED outside the building and in the resident wing, public areas of the 2nd and 3rd-floor area and bedrooms—NO VAPING ON THE 1st FLOOR, INCLUDING DINING ROOM AND MEETING /CLASSROOMS. The Welcome House reserves the right to change or alter this policy at any time or to restrict or limit use by individuals or areas to address problems or concerns that may arise.

    After curfew, outside access to smoke is limited and at the discretion of the desk staff. Such access is a privilege and not a right. Outdoor access is NOT PERMITTED between the hours of Midnight and 5a. Failure to comply with desk staff direction or the smoking/ non-smoking requirement WILL result in disciplinary action, which may include discharge.

    Rule 20: Vehicle and Vehicle Operation

    Residents that elect to own, operate, or park a vehicle on Welcome House property are REQUIRED to do so legally and MUST complete a Welcome House vehicle registration form. Residents are allowed one car or truck and one two-wheeled vehicle (motorcycle, moped, bike), for a total of two. Vehicle maintenance of any kind is not permitted on Welcome House property. 

    Vehicles must be operational, appropriately titled, tagged, and insured, and residents MUST have a valid driver’s license. Vehicles that do not meet the above requirements ARE NOT ALLOWED to be operated or parked on Welcome House property and will be towed at the owner’s expense. If a vehicle is left on the property after the resident’s discharge, the vehicle will be towed at the owner’s expense after 3 days.

    Failure to comply with the vehicle and vehicle operation requirements requirement WILL result in disciplinary action.

    Rule 19: Length of CORE Program Residency

    The mission of the Welcome House is to provide a “residential program to recovering alcoholic and drug-addicted men facing the difficult transition from treatment, incarceration, and homelessness to integration back into society as productive citizens.”  

    The Welcome House is NOT intended as a long-term living solution for any resident. The core program consists of a 30-day probationary period followed by an eight (8) month core recovery program. Under certain circumstances, a program residency extension of up to three (3) additional months may be available by application and requires formal approval. 

    Extensions are one (1) time ONLY, limited to 3 months MAXIMUM, require formal application and approval, and include an increased program participation fee during the extension period. 

    Additional Acknowledgements, Understandings & Agreements

    Court-ordered residents that fail to comply with Welcome House rules, policies, or program requirements will be discharged immediately, and all appropriate parties will be notified (court, probation, or parole officer, etc.).  

    The Welcome House has a regularly updated website and actively uses other printed or social media forms. Photos and notes related to the Welcome House program, including events and certain activities, are frequently posted to these sites. Residents are not required to participate or be included in these photos or other communications. Residents that wish to be EXCLUDED must submit a request in writing (signed and dated) to Welcome House leadership. 

    Residents employed by the Welcome House or participating in the Jumpstart program are considered participants in the Welcome House Rehabilitative Jobs Program. Residents that fail to comply with the program and are discharged, including voluntary discharge without notice, will forfeit any accumulated earnings or compensation due them through their employment or participation in the Rehabilitative Jobs Program. 

    This revision of the resident rules supersedes all previous rules that have been issued. The Welcome House, Inc. reserves the right to interpret, change, suspend, amend, cancel, or dispute with or without notice all or any part of our policies and procedures at any time. We will notify all residents of these changes. Changes will be effective on the dates determined by Welcome House, Inc.; after those dates, all superseded policies will be null.

    Off-site Work & Volunteer – Code of Conduct

    Remember, when you are on a job (or volunteer opportunity) coordinated by the Welcome House – you represent the Welcome House.  Participants in these activities are REQUIRED to comply with the following:


    • If you signed up to do a job, and you can no longer go for any reason, it is your responsibility to inform the desk and find your replacement.
    • Be on time, introduce yourself, work hard, and complete the job. Be polite, courteous, and respectful of the Client and the Client’s property always.  Work safely and be aware of your work environment.  Follow the instructions/directions provided by Welcome House Management and or the Client (while on-site).
    • If additional work is requested, or there are significant changes in the original agreement, refer the Client to Welcome House Management. DO NOT schedule additional work directly with the Client.
    • DO NOT use your cell phone (talk, text, or internet) while at work. Cell phone use is restricted to the lunch break.
    • Clean up after yourself. DO NOT leave trash or litter at the Client site (collect it and take it to an off-site trash can for disposal).
    • Do only as you are instructed. You are not there to act as a consultant and your opinions or suggestions are not appropriate unless specifically requested.
    • If there is a reason that you feel you cannot complete the job as requested, contact Welcome House Management for directions.
    • Wear clothing appropriate for the specific task or opportunity. If you have any questions about what is appropriate, please ask Welcome House Management for directions.
    • DO NOT contact the Client directly (except when on-site and specific to the task at hand). DO NOT call or text the Client, before or after the job, unless specifically instructed to do so by Welcome House Management.
    • Use the restroom prior to arriving at the site (DO NOT ask to use a client’s bathroom and DO NOT go into a client’s home unless specifically instructed to do so). Over the lunch break (or in an emergency) go to the nearest public restroom if necessary.
    • If you smoke, ask the Client for permission to do so first. Smoke breaks should be kept to a minimum (1 smoke break every two hours).  DO NOT leave cigarette butts at the Client site (put them in an empty can and take them to an off-site trash can for disposal).
    • You are REQUIRED to disclose and immediately provide ALL payments to Management. If you are behind on rent, ALL earnings (including tips) MUST be applied toward your rent obligation (as determined by Management).
    • Welcome House vehicles, tools and/ or equipment must be cleaned and returned to the Welcome House daily.
    • You are not to use the Welcome House vehicles for anything other than the specific assignment (transportation to and from the job site, with no stops or deviations except as pre-approved by Management).
    • BE GRATEFUL – Clients that hire the Welcome House are SUPPORTING the Welcome House and YOU. They don’t have to do this.  Please make sure that they know how grateful we are for their support.
    Welcome House Etiquette
    • Clothes Closet- Use of the closet to be determined by house staff or clothes closet supervisor. Please help maintain a clean and orderly closet by using clothes hangers and stacking folded clothes neatly. Take only what you need and leave what you don’t for the next guy.
    • Bus Passes/Love Fund- Bus passes are for new residents only DEPENDING ON AVAILABILITY. Two (2) free single-ride passes per day for the first two (2) weeks of residency, and $.75 per pass for the third week of residency only. Requests for passes are to be made as the resident is leaving for the day. No advance passes will be issued. Love fund is reserved for new residents for laundry, hygiene, or bus fare when house bus passes are unavailable.
    • Late Plates- Late plates are to be ordered no later than 30 min. before the kitchen closes, and are reserved for residents who are at work during dinner service or per management. Breakfast late plates are not available. One (1) sack lunch per resident a day will be available during scheduled kitchen hours.
    • Personal Belongings- The Welcome House is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen personal property. Be advised not to buy, sell, trade, or loan personal belongings of value (cell phones, electronics, clothing, etc.) to other residents.
    • Proper Use of the Front Desk- One resident at the office door at a time to receive assistance from the desk staff (i.e. pay rent, medication, etc.). The members of the desk staff are fully knowledgeable and are enabled to enforce all the house rules.
    • AA/NA Meetings/Welcome House University- Residents must stay the entire duration of the meeting/class to receive credit. Absolutely NO cell phone use during meetings/class (i.e. texting, calls, candy crush, etc.). Common courtesy should be extended to all class instructors and meeting leaders; crosstalk should be kept to a minimum.

    • Clothes Closet- Use of the closet to be determined by house staff or Core + resident. Please help maintain a clean and orderly closet by using clothes hangers and stacking folded clothes neatly. Take only what you need and leave what you don’t for the next guy.

    • Love Fund-Love fund is reserved for new residents for laundry or hygiene.
    • Late plates are to be ordered no later than 30 min. before the kitchen closes and is reserved for residents who are at work during dinner service or per management. Breakfast late plates are available. One (1) sack lunch per resident a day will be available during scheduled kitchen hours. All silverware, plates, and cups are to remain in the dining hall. Plastic utensils will be available upon request. Please, be respectful of the kitchen staff. If you have any questions or comments regarding rules or other kitchen-related issues, please see Welcome House Associate Director of Food & Nutrition Services, Chad Magoon.


                  Breakfast 5:00-7:00 AM —       Lunch 12:00-1:00 PM —           Dinner 5:00-7:00 PM


                  Breakfast 6:00-7:00 AM–        Lunch 11:00-12:00 PM–          Dinner 4:00-5:30 PM

    • Proper Use of the Front Desk- One resident at the front desk at a time to receive assistance from the desk staff (i.e., pay rent, medication, etc.). There is to no resident loitering in the lobby or front of the building. The members of the desk staff are fully knowledgeable and are enabled to enforce all the house rules.
    • AA/NA Meetings/Welcome House University- Residents must stay the entire duration of the meeting/class to receive credit. Absolutely NO cell phone use during meetings/class (i.e., texting, calls, candy crush, etc.). Common courtesy should be extended to all class instructors and meeting leaders; crosstalk will not be accepted.

      • Welcome House Fitness Room is for Welcome House residents ONLY. No visitors, please.
      • Replace your weights after use.
      • Clean up after yourself and wipe down equipment after use.
      • Don’t hog the equipment.
      • Please do not bang or drop weights or dumbbells. Misuse/abuse of equipment will result in suspension.
      • Wear earbuds, no Bluetooth speakers.
      • Proper clothing must always be worn. Open-toe shoes such as sandals/flip-flops are not allowed.
      • Users are responsible for their own property and safety.
      • Report any damaged or missing equipment immediately. All fitness equipment (dumbbells, mats, etc.) are to always remain inside the fitness areas.
      • Failure to comply with the above rules may result in loss of fitness room privileges