FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
So, what does life look like at J127?
Our residents live in a community with other young women, similar to a college dorm. There are expectations like housekeeping, a code of conduct, curfew, etc. Women in the community of J127 participate in life skills classes, and other social and recreational activities. Each resident is expected to spend about 25-30 hours being productive every week, doing things like working, volunteering, going to school, and working on personal goals.
How much will it cost me to live at J127?
Moving into J127 is free! Our program aims to teach you how to identify your own living expenses and work to provide for yourself once you leave. In month three of our program, you will begin to "practice" paying rent based on your level of participation in the program. Upon your transition from J127, you may be eligible to receive a portion of that money back as a nest egg for your next phase of life.
How long can I stay?
J127 is more than a temporary shelter. We provide an opportunity for young women to take a step out of survival mode and secure a foundation for lifelong change. This process takes time. Our residents live at J127 for 1-2 years, on average; however, some may stay much longer and some may stay much shorter. The length of time really depends on the individual’s personal goals/needs and willingness to try new things.
I still need to finish school. Can I apply?
Yes!!! We know that finishing school or obtaining your G.E.D can open many doors of opportunity. We want to help you reach your educational goals. Our residents can enroll in public high school or G.E.D classes. We are zoned for Durant high school in Durant. Also, there is just a variety of both daytime and evening classes in Bryan Co., making it possible for anyone to get their G.E.D regardless of their work schedule.
Am I expected to attend counseling if I come to J127?
We firmly believe that counseling can be one of the best tools for healing from life's hurts. Each resident is required to attend counseling during the first and second phase of the program as a way to overcome some of the barriers that may be preventing her from reaching her fullest potential. After phase two, counseling is optional.
I've heard that you are Christ-centered. Does that mean I have to attend church?
You do not need to be a Christian to live at J127. You are ABSOLUTELY welcome here, regardless of your beliefs or background. We are a Faith-based program, so we ask that you come in with a positive, respectful attitude, knowing that our program is woven with elements of our faith in Christ. Commit to showing up and leaning in with us, even though you may not agree. We will not ask anything else from you in this area.
Why would I come to J127 when I can live with my boyfriend or coworker?
J127 is a safe and caring place to live in a community with others. We are here to support you, help you grow, and to help you learn to make wise decisions about your future. You will not be alone! Here you can learn how to become an independent woman who is able to care for her own needs and to do it well. We want to empower you to reach your full potential.
What if I come to J127 and it's not a good fit for me? Can I leave?
While we try to cover all the information and questions before you move in, there ARE times when a young woman decides that living at J127 is not quite what she was looking for. Because living at J127 is a commitment and NOT A CONTRACT, you are free to leave at any time. We just ask that you communicate with us regarding your plans and allow us the opportunity to help you make a positive transition to the next place.