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PABC Guest Guidebook  updated 11/9/17

Vital Guest Rules (the short version)

"Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40).

Introduction

This guidebook provides detailed PABC rules and the reasoning behind them. These rules were developed from the Holy Scriptures and years of practical experience providing for homeless Guests. For the new Guest at PABC, please start by reading PABC Vital Guest Rules.

    Respect Yourself

  1. The PABC staff desires to treat its Guests with respect consideration. We all have difficult times in our lives and we hope to make the time you spend at PABC as uplifting and as encouraging as possible. We have all had difficulties in our lives and needed help from others at times. There is nothing wrong with that. We can all help each other. When times are better for you, you can help somebody else. We want to pray for you and encourage you.

    Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others (Philippians 2:4, NIV).

  2. Many people and institutions in our present-day world are often corrupt and sometimes evil. Many PABC guests are suffering because of someone else's sins: uncaring parents, a vengeful spouse, a greedy bank, a friend-turned enemy, etc.. But we also suffer from our own sins—and those are things that we can change. Don't let depression, addictions or other bad habits get the best of you during this difficult time. Use this time when you can rest and eat well to move forward in life, overcome difficulties, and make new and better plans for the future

    Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21)

  3. The PABC staff wants to be your friend. Friends are people who tell the truth to each other—even when it may not be easy or pleasant. We would much rather know the truth about a matter—even if it is troublesome—than be given false information and find out the truth later. PABC maintains ministerial confidentiality, it does not report to law enforcement, government agencies, credit bureaus, etc. We will work with people who have had serious difficulties, even committed serious crimes in the past, provided we are convinced they are not an ongoing danger to themselves or others here at PABC. But ongoing crimes committed at PABC, especially if they endanger others, will almost certainly be reported to law enforcement. PABC is a place to admit and recover from past mistakes, not a "free parking" place to continue them. A friend is not a friend if he or she lets you continue in destructive habits.

    Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another (Ephesians 4:25).

  4. "For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10). Americans see thousands of commercial messages every day, nearly all of which tell them that they will be happier by spending money on goods and services. They even promise us that our relationships with others will be better if we just have the money for the right car, right clothes, right entertainment etc. Coveting, the desire to have something without earning it, only produces disappointment. Happiness comes from contentment with our present relationships with God, family and friends—as well as enjoying the work we do.

    “You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's” (Exodus 20:17)

    Then he [Jesus] said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15)."

    Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

    Everyone should want to do what they can to help provide for their ongoing existence. The costs of utilities (electricity, gas, water, sewer, Internet and phone) make up about 70% of all PABC expenses. Guests are required to help with their share of utilities as they are able, up to a maximum of $200 per month. We do not have any way of metering individual usage, so we ask that you contribute to the utility of your choice. Checks, money orders can be made directly to Detroit Edison, Consumers Energy, Hillcrest Water Board or Centurylink. Cash is accepted also. You will get a receipt from the utility company.

  5. All Guests will also be expected to help keep the rooms they use clean, and to participate in work for the cleaning, maintenance and improvement of the campus as a whole—just as anyone would need to take care of the place they live when they leave PABC. We will only assign work that you are able to do; we will try to find work that you like to do.

    For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat (2Thessalonians 3:10).

  6. Every Guest at PABC needs a plan for how they are progressing in life, whether it be education, job searching, working at a job, reading the Bible, overcoming addictions, regaining health, applying for needed assistance, finding a new place to live or all of the above. PABC wants to encourage you in these things, and may occasionally require them if we believe it is to your benefit.

    Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might… (Ecclesiastes 9:10).

  7. Do not use profanity or vulgarity. Our leaders, both church and state, do not do this in public places because people would loose respect for them. Have respect for yourself and keep your language clean. Fit in with good people who make things happen and who can help you make your life better; avoid those who boast and complain, and who have difficult speech. This is a way to improve yourself that costs nothing!

    But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness (2 Timothy 2:16).

  8. Guest clothing must:

    1. Be clean-not bad smelling or depositing dirt on the floor or furniture.
    2. Be acceptable for the mixed environment: No sleepwear or underwear outside of the men's and women's dorms, or outside of the bedroom/bathroom units in the family dorm. Men must wear shirts outside of their dorms.
    3. Not have saggy pants or low necklines that show off underwear or private parts
    4. Not have skulls, zombies or demons. (Ask for our tract The Importance of Avoiding Evil.)
    5. Not be washed excessively. (Only a few guests have this problem-but excess washing costs a lot of money.) We realize that guests may want to wash all of their clothes when they first come. But beyond that, do not wash drawers full of clothes simply because they "might be" dirty or because you cannot remember when you washed them last. Do not wear several outfits each day and then put them all in the dirty laundry. Do have a laundry basket or box so that you can save up enough clothes to do full loads. If you do a small load, make sure to set the water level on the washer.

    Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair, the wearing of gold, or the putting on of clothing—but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God's sight is very precious (1 Peter 3:3-4).

  9. Everyone is required to attend group meetings, dinners, classes, etc. according to the currently posted schedules. Those that have work or other essential appointments will be excused, but they must fill out a PABC “Exception to Required Event” form and deposit it in the box in front of the main ministry office. As PABC staff is available, we will also schedule individual one on one required meetings with Guests.

    Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another… (Hebrews 10:25, NIV).

    Church services, Saturday at 1:30 P.M. are optional—come only if you are interested. Transportation to nearby churches meeting on Sunday will be arranged for those interested. PABC follows the biblical teaching of individual repentance, baptism and receiving of the Holy Spirit, but this is something one does with a real change of heart. It is not a requirement of PABC and should only be done to change one's life, not to "get in good" with the PABC staff.

    Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:37-38).

    We encourage all of our guests to pray and read the Bible and approach God as they understand him.

    “For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who shows no partiality nor takes a bribe. He administers justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the stranger, giving him food and clothing” (Deuteronomy 10:17-18).

  10. Respect Others

  11. Treat others as you would like to be treated (Lev 19:18). Respect each one's needs for sleep and quietness, as well as their need to be joyful and loud at times. Be quiet between 10:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M.—no loud talking, laughing or electronic devices. Also, avoid moving heavy objects or anything that hits the walls or the floors hard. Everyone is to be in their own room with their lights out by midnight. This saves power and allows everyone to be ready for work or class the next morning.

    “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18).

  12. Smoking: Smoking is an unhealthful, expensive habit engineered and marketed by corrupt merchants to enrich themselves at the expense of struggling people. We realize that quitting is not a simple task, but we highly encourage every smoker to seek information from other former-smokers who have successfully quit. Please realize that some non-smokers find the smell offensive or can become sick from it. Also, PABC has had difficulty with smokers leaving cigarette butts and matches on the ground wherever they decided to smoke, making cleanup difficult.

    Therefore: We require that you smoke only in the designated areas, which are the picnic tables near the fire pit east of the main ministry building, the front of the dining hall (under the roof nearby when it is raining) and outside the dormitories.. While this may be an inconvenience in bad weather, some of our Guests have stated that the inconvenience caused them to smoke less and that it was good for them. All tobacco products, including cigarette machines, must be kept in Guests' own quarters, not in any common areas, as it is illegal to make tobacco available to minors. If you are aware that someone is trying to quit, do not offer them tobacco products or use them in their presence.

    Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city (Proverbs 16:32).

  13. Do not create strong odors of any kind inside PABC buildings. Everyone shares the air—especially in the winter time when the common heating systems run. Not everyone likes the same smells. Do not spray air freshener, burn incense or strong-smelling candles. Keep your room and other areas you use clean. Any plants or approved pets must be maintained in an odor-free state. Wash or dispose of baby-soiled or other smelling clothes as quickly as practical. A diaper disposal trash can is located outside of the dining hall on the northeast side.

    I have made the stench of your camp to come up even into your nostrils; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the Lord (Amos 4:10, JPS).

  14. Make responsible use of medicines and herbs. Do not leave them unattended where children and individuals who should not have them can get them. Do not share prescription medication with others.

    "…Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine" (Ezekiel 47:12).

    A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person's strength (Proverbs 17:22, NLT).

  15. Do not use alcoholic beverages. While the Bible teaches moderate use of wine and beer, these things are luxuries more than necessities. Guests should help to pay their utility expenses and save for their future rather than consume their funds on alcohol. By becoming a guest at PABC, you agree to either take Breathalyzer tests whenever we choose to administer them, or leave the PABC property.

    Wine produces mockers; alcohol leads to brawls. Those led astray by drink cannot be wise (Proverbs 20:1, NLT).

  16. Make courteous use of the free telephone in the main lobby and extension in the family dorm T.V. room. You can make calls—even long distance ones—on this line. The number is posed on the phone. You can also leave that number for someone to call you back, but you need to be there to answer it. The phone is also used as a fax line, so answering is generally not reliable. Even so, if the phone rings while you are there, answer it saying: "Hello, may I help you." Take a message as diligently as you would want that Guest to look for you or take a message if you had a call. If the call is obviously an emergency, end your original call and handle the emergency (Philippians 2:3-4; Leviticus 19:18).

  17. Respect the privacy of others. This is especially important since we all live in such close proximity, share phone lines, etc. Do not listen in, unannounced, on anyone's conversations either in person or on the telephone. If multiple people pick up the same phone, it may be expedient for the second person to listen for two to five seconds to be sure that the call is not for them. But then they must immediately either announce their presence or hang up. Similarly, in the many other shared areas on campus, anyone who is within hearing of an obviously private conversation should either announce their presence or leave (Ecclesiastes 7:20-22; 1Thessalonians 4:11; 1 Timothy 5:13).

  18. Music: There are few adults who can recite paragraphs of their high school textbooks, but a great many who know all of the words to many songs that they sang as teenagers. Music is a powerful force for memory and influence on our lives. PABC believes it is best for its Guests to listen to music that is positive and encourages Godly values in life. However, the staff will not micro-manage Guests-each Guest must learn what is positive and helps their lives-and then seek God for the strength to implement it.

    In order not to offend other Guests and staff, we place the following requirements on any music played loud enough for other PABC Guests and staff to hear:

    1. Music lyrics must not contain any profanity or vulgarity.
    2. Music lyrics must not be suggestive of violence, immorality or illegal activity.
    3. The feelings produced by music must not be those of great anger, suicide, torture, demon-ism or other obvious evil.
    4. Any music played in the presence of children must be appropriate for them. If there is a question, ask the parents or staff that are present. If they do not want to hear it, turn it off.

    Guests will receive one warning for inappropriate music. After that, they will be required to stop playing music in the hearing of other PABC people. PABC does not wish to enter into continual arguments over music: Consider your neighbor or use headphones.

    .Make sweet melody, sing many songs, That you may be remembered (Isaiah 23:16).

  19. Men must not enter the women's dorm, women must not enter the men's dorm. Single men must stay out of the family section. If you want to talk to somebody in an area you are not to enter, call someone with a phone who is there or ask a staff member to help you. Everyone must stay out of others' rooms unless they have current permission from the person who lives there. Guests may not spend the night in rooms not assigned to them. Maintenance people who enter these areas must always loudly announce their presence before they enter. In order to avoid the appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22, KJV) when one man and one woman (not his wife) are alone together in a room, they must leave the door ajar and not lock it. While these rules cannot prevent sin, they demonstrate the community's desire not to condone sin within the community. (Exodus 20:14; Leviticus 18; 1 Corinthians 6:18).

  20. PABC is not opposed to Guests helping each other when they can do it without harming themselves. PABC is strongly opposed to Guests intimidating or deceiving each other. PABC has experienced Guests borrowing from other Guests by lying to them or threatening them. To encourage good lending and discourage bad lending, follow these rules:

    If one a Guest agrees to lend money or some item of value to another Guest, they both must fill out and sign a PABC Guest Loan Statement and place it in the white box between the double doors of the main lobby. These will be kept in case there is a dispute among the Guests. Either borrowers or lenders may be dismissed from PABC for not following this rule.

    If one Guest gives an item of value to another, the Guest receiving it should get a written receipt that it was given. Otherwise, PABC will consider it property of the original owner.

    A poor man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. (Proverbs 28:3).

  21. If anyone comes to the campus and you are the first one to meet them, help them find the ministry office. Do not invite people whom you do not know into our buildings unless they are here for a meeting like Port Austin Bible Church, the homeless coalition, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, etc. (Matthew 10:16).

  22. Bring only Biblically clean food into the campus dining hall. (Don't bring pork, catfish, shrimp, or other shell-fish.) You may bring the food of your own choosing into your own room and the dorm kitchens. Respect everyone's known food preferences—refrain from offering or serving food to others that is contrary to their preferences (Leviticus 11).

  23. Respect PABC Property

  24. Put things back after you use them. It is almost always more efficient for an individual to spend a little longer to put things away when one is finished than it is to spend hours looking for lost things when they are needed. It is much more efficient to put everything away when a group of people are using them. Keep your living and work areas neat and clean. If you make a mess in some other area clean it up. But if some unknown person messes up your area, clean it up anyway. (Proverbs 27:23; 1 Corinthians 14:40).

  25. Be conservative of all resources: Use only necessary water and electricity; keep heat as low as comfortable; turn off lights, fans and other appliances when you leave a room. When eating community food, only take what you need to eat. If you need to go off campus, use the Thumb Area Transit bus if possible. If that is not possible, please ask for a ride as far in advance as possible so your trip can be combined with other's trips. (Luke 16:10).

  26. Cooperate with campus trash disposal and recycling. If you no longer want something, and it might be useful to someone else, ask PABC staff where it might be used or stored. Do not simply throw all your trash into one can. Separate trash into the following categories—you will find cans for these things near the outside burn barrel and possibly boxes in your kitchen/utility room.

    1. Refundable cans & bottles: Rinse them out to avoid odor; return them yourself or let PABC return them.
    2. Tin cans: Again, rinse them out. We sell these for a few dollars every couple months.
    3. Aluminum cans/foil: If you don't know, borrow a magnet!
    4. Glass Bottles: Glass colors may be combined. Empty and rinse first!
    5. Chicken feed: All Food, even spoiled, goes into the chicken yard. No chicken meat or egg shells—burn those.
    6. Burnable items: If possible, burn your own trash in the outside burn barrel. Or, share in burning trash from your area. Please pick out the above items before burning.
    7. Other trash: Very few things fall into this category. There is a can for this kind of trash near the outside burn-barrel, in the kitchen garage and in the ministry office. We must pay to have this trash taken away.
  27. Guests are not permitted to drive PABC vehicles unless a written exception is granted specifying the use of the vehicle (one-time, or continual for specific purposes). Guests may drive members or other guest's vehicles only with their permission (Exodus 22:14-15).

  28. The parking spaces right next to the "Port Austin Bible Campus" sign, and in front of the small garage attached to the kitchen are for short-term visitors and loading/unloading only. Please do not regularly park in them. Large vehicles also obscure the PABC sign so that it cannot be easily read by southbound traffic. (James 4:17).

  29. In general, guests may not have pets at PABC. If a written exception is granted, guests are responsible for caring for their pets and for ensuring that they do not cause difficulty for others (Exodus 21:28-36).

  30. Each Guest is responsible for any damage to property that they, their children or their pets might cause by negligence (Matthew 18:21-35). People are not responsible for community things that break when used properly in the community (Exodus 22:15).

  31. Guests are not permitted to repair or alter the room in which they live or any other PABC buildings without permission from the PABC ministry. Even if such an alteration is performed without permission from PABC, the alteration becomes PABC property. Parts removed by or leftover from building alternations, authorized or not, also remain PABC property.

  32. Guests acknowledge that any key given them remain the property of PABC and are for their use only while they are a Guest. Guests are not permitted to copy any campus keys or to let another guest into an area where he/she has been denied access. Guests must surrender any campus key upon demand. Unreturned keys will be considered stolen property. (Exodus 20:15).

  33. Refrain from all illegal activities. The Port Austin Sabbatarian Church Community Sacred Purpose Trust and PABC are not responsible for any illegal activities of its Guests. Depending upon the severity of the infraction, Guests found involved in illegal activities may be warned, given a set of restrictions to reduce the likelihood of future abuse, required to leave PABC as soon as possible or reported to law enforcement. (For example, stealing another person's apple is technically a prosecutable offence, but police, Guests and PABC staff all might find it better to handle this another way.) Guests agree that PABC has the right to temporarily preserve potential evidence of crimes for investigation when found in any Guest quarters or common area, provided that such property is returned to the owner if it is not retained by law enforcement. (Romans 12:17; 2 Corinthians 8:21).

  34. Reducing and Resolving Conflict among Guests

  35. Guests must have permission from the PABC staff to invite overnight visitors to stay on campus.

  36. If you have a disagreement with someone else at PABC, try to talk to them about it and work it out first. Otherwise, please take the issue to the PABC leaders. Refrain from contacting non-PABC individuals, organizations and government entities about difficulties among PABC Guests. PABC wants to take care of its own problems as much as possible. Guests may be asked to leave PABC for not following this rule.

  37. PABC Guests must be open and honest with the PABC ministry in regard to their financial, legal and medical conditions. PABC does not intend to unnecessarily pry into Guests' lives when they are managing them well. But when a Guest's financial, legal or medical condition appears to be affecting other guests or abusing government services, and the Guest wants to remain at PABC, the PABC Guests must sign releases so that the professionals involved with their cases can share their information with the PABC ministry. This would include parole and probation officers, police investigating their cases, medical professionals and government social service agencies. In cases where an agency does not honor a written release of information, the PABC ministry may insist on personally accompanying a Guest to the agency as a condition of continuing as a Guest at PABC. Guests who use emergency room services and who wish to remain at PABC must provide, upon request, their PIN which authorizes us access to medical information for that incident. PABC has the ability to obtain police reports about incidents occurring on its property.

    The reason for obtaining this information may not be immediately clear, but some past examples will establish the need:

    • Guests have claimed to be homeless and moved to PABC when they had a good place to stay, simply to take advantage of a program for homeless people.
    • Guests have been caught presenting false information to government agencies, PABC or both in an effort to receive economic or other help for which they would not otherwise qualify.
    • Guests have filed or threatened to file false police reports or complaints to other government agencies. This is usually to intimidate the PABC staff or Guests. This prevents PABC carrying out its ministry effectively, abuses other innocent guests, wastes the time of local law enforcement and gives PABC a bad name in our local community.
    • A Guest had made multiple hospital trips allegedly for his pancreas problems, but the real problem was alcohol consumption which produced a bad reaction with his medications. He would stay at the hospital until he sobered up, and PABC had no way of knowing what was happening. It was only by a coincidence he was found out. (When confronted, the Guest refused to promise to stop drinking alcohol, was required to leave and passed away only a few months later, at age 45.)

    Living a life of lies is not good for anyone. It continually makes trouble for the liars, their friends, and everyone who works with them. People who habitually lie cannot retain friends, because their friends gradually find out their lies and are offended by them. They create a great amount of additional expense for government agencies and for PABC. This causes those who could help them to shun them. Their fake requests for help end up preventing them from getting the real help that they do need. This is why the PABC ministry insists on disclosure and release of information when it has reason to believe that people are suffering from this sin.

  38. In rare cases, PABC guests have threatened to commit serious crimes in the future or boasted of committing unsolved crimes in the past—leaving others uncertain as to whether they would commit the crime again. PABC will not be a haven for criminal activity or a place where other guests feel threatened.

    In other rare cases, PABC guests have claimed to have ties with various clandestine organizations—either government spy agencies, organized crime, secret societies, etc. They sometimes ask or even demand to be exempted from various PABC rules based on this. PABC is a Christian mission and will not be involved in furthering the missions of other secret organizations which it does not understand.

    PABC does not have the time or resources to verify the truth of such claims. If they are true, we do not want these individuals to remain at PABC because they put its people and mission at risk. If they carried out some kind of evil, every sensible person would rightly ask, "Why did PABC let them stay?" If someone really works for a legitimate government agency, they do not need a homeless shelter—the government can provide for them. Finally, if someone is lying about these things just to impress others, we hope that their exit from PABC will teach them the results of these kinds of lies.

  39. Guest Responsibilities

  40. PABC does not maintain medical, property or any other kind of insurance for anyone or there things at PABC. Guests need to arrange for their own medical treatment—though PABC may provide transportation and other assistance in emergencies as it is able. If desired, the ministers of PABC will pray for Guests, anoint them with oil and encourage them to confess their sin that they may be healed (James 5:14-16).

  41. Guests must be responsible for their children. This includes making sure that they put away things they used, clean up their messes, do not disrupt the peace of the community, stay away from hazards, etc. That ongoing responsibility to care for the children may be delegated to other PABC Guests, as long as that person specifically knows when they are responsible for the child and what means of discipline they are permitted to use. Older children who are responsible for themselves (approximately age 12) do not need to continually be in someone's charge if they can read, understand and obey these rules themselves. (1 Timothy 5:8)

  42. PABC requires normal, on-going progress toward a high school eduction or GED. School-age children need to be enrolled in a school while it is in session or effectively home schooled by parent(s). PABC will not accept "home-schooling" unless there is a definite plan being implemented on a regular basis. Teenagers need to realize that missing too much school puts their family at great risk. The difficulties of homelessness often involve missing some school while moving or even changing school systems. When young people miss more school simply because it is difficult or discouraging, this often causes the school to investigate the parent(s) for "education neglect" and the children for "incorrigibility". These investigations can result in the children being taken away from the parent(s) and placed in foster care or in a juvenile home—lock-down! This is less fun and more expensive for everybody!

    Guests need to realize that a lot of help is available from the school systems. Children are allowed to attend even if they do not have all of their identification papers, immunizations, etc. Preschool is available for children as young as three. Special-needs children can receive help from birth. Parents or children can contact the homeless liaison at North Huron Schools at 989-874-4101.

    Even if a Guest is no longer legally required to be in school, PABC still requires those who do not have a high school diploma or GED to be making active progress toward it. If such Guests are not working, they need to be making a lot of progress; If they are working full time, they still need a plan to make some progress. (Proverbs 22:6)

  43. PABC Guests are legally "guests", not "tenants". They are treated like guests in someone's home. PABC ministers have the right to enter Guests' rooms by knocking and giving them time to get dressed. They may also enter when the Guest is not there. PABC desires to help Guests—that is why we invite them to come here. However, PABC has the right to require them to leave at any time—as a homeowner can require guests to leave their home. PABC may require Guests to leave for violations of rules, economic considerations or simply because it determines its resources can be better used another way. PABC will make an effort to give Guests a reasonable time to find a new place to live. Co-operative Guests will be given several days, uncooperative Guests may be asked to leave as quickly as they can pack their things.

    If a Guest is given an Unwelcome Guest Notice and asked to leave by a certain time and date, he or she needs to immediately begin making arrangements to find a place to live by that date. Guests who do not leave by that date/time will be reported to law enforcement as trespassers. Guests are encouraged to take their property with them when they leave, but if that is not possible, it will be stored for them for up to 90 days, after which time any legal means may be used to dispose of them.

  44. When you leave PABC, take only your own things and things that have been given to you by PABC. If something has been given to a Guest by PABC, PABC will either place a sticker on it identifying it as given away, or give the Guest an itemized list of things given to him. If you need something, ask. Taking towels, linens, kitchen items or furniture is a crime that can be prosecuted. By staying at PABC, all Guests agree that PABC may inspect their bags or boxes to look for anything that may belong to PABC. A guest may request a neutral witness be present for the inspection.

  45. Exceptions

  46. If a guest is granted an exception to these rules by the PABC staff, it must be in writing on a PABC Exception to Rules Form. The Guest and the staff should retain a copy of this exception form.

  47. Consequences

  48. If the PABC staff believes that a Guest is supplying false information about their transactions with a third party (homeless service provider, government agency, business, etc), a PABC minister will request that the Guest and he visit that third party or service provider together to obtain the truth about the question in doubt. If the Guest refuses, they will either be restricted or asked to leave PABC.

    Most confessions of crimes to PABC ministry are protected by pastor-penitent privilege. However, PABC is completely opposed to ongoing commission of crimes and will not permit a guest to continue committing crimes and request a privileged confession. Continual crimes or crimes discovered by the PABC staff will almost certainly be reported to the police. God has given mankind the responsibility to form local governments, judge justly, prosecute crimes and protect the people. This requires everyone to be honest witnesses. PABC guests refusing to cooperate with PABC staff and law enforcement in solving crimes will be asked to leave (Leviticus 5:1; Deuteronomy 16:16-19; Proverbs 14:25).

  49. As it is PABC's goal to serve people in need, every effort will be made to encourage cooperation with these rules for the benefit of everyone involved. Guests should heed the requests of PABC leadership. However, if repeated or serious violations of rules continue, a written warning will be given and/or the guest will be asked to remove entertainment systems (TV, computer, video games, etc.) from their quarters for a specific period of time. (If the Guest needs a secure place to store such items, one will be provided). After a few warnings, guests will be asked to leave PABC. The purpose of warnings is to impress the seriousness of an offence on someone, without requiring them to leave the shelter. However, if a Guest appears to be disregarding warnings, PABC may require them to leave immediately, as this attitude represents no sense of thankfulness for what PABC is providing and no desire to change.

    PABC's rules are roughly equivalent to boarding schools, camps or other community-type groups. Learning to correspond to such reasonable rules is an excellent skill for any job, relationship or family. For those who do not like the rules, we encourage you to seek an honest means to provide your own place to live so you can make the rules!