Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Where do the women come from?
A: Women find Blue Monarch in a variety of ways:
- Court referrals from judges or probation officers
- Department of Children’s Services
- Family members
- Friends or churches
- Women who hear about us while in jail or from outside sources
Q: What is the application process?
A: We usually receive an inquiry from the woman herself or her advocate. If it appears Blue Monarch is a good placement for her, she is instructed to download our application on-line from our website, or we will mail her an application. This application must be completed by the applicant and returned by fax or by mail. Each application is marked by the date it is received and processed in that order. Staff determines if the applicant’s needs are a good fit for Blue Monarch, and if so an interview is scheduled. A face-to-face interview is preferred, but if this is not possible a phone or Skype interview will be conducted. After the interview, the staff will determine possible placement and availability. Although there is typically a waiting list, all applicants are encouraged to submit an application since circumstances often change for those who have already applied.
Q: How long do women stay?
A: We ask for a 1 – 2 year commitment when women come. But obviously most women do not stay for that length of time. If you include only those who stayed beyond the first 30-day initiation period, 33% of our residents complete the lengthy program, which is 2-3 times the national average of 10 – 15%.
Q: How does a resident become a graduate?
A: Rather than a specific period of time, the graduation process is determined by the successful completion of our curriculum. For some that may happen within twelve months, for others longer. The curriculum includes completing all our required classes as well as volunteer hours and a healthy transition plan into the community.
Q: What does a typical day look like?
A: A typical day begins with devotional time after children are fed breakfast and sent to school or daycare. The day from 8:00 – 4:00 is treated as a typical workday and this time must be filled with productive activities. There are classes and activities that fit within four major categories; spiritual growth, recovery, life skills, and parenting.
Q: Can the women work?
A: The women are required to take a Work Ethics course when they have reached a level in their recovery when they can take on additional responsibility. At this point they are offered paid employment, if available, through an on-site business that manufactures granola.
Q: What does it cost for a woman to come to Blue Monarch?
A: Women are not charged to come to Blue Monarch and the majority of the women are not in a position to pay. However, once the women are earning an income they are encouraged to donate 10% of their wages to Blue Monarch to assist in the cost of the services they receive.
Q: How many women can you house?
A: This is entirely dependent on the number of children living onsite fulltime and visiting on the weekends. The maximum number of women we can house is twelve – and thirteen if you include our new transitional housing cottage for graduates.
Q: Do you take women from outside Tennessee?
A: As of 2014, Blue Monarch accepts residents and families from outside the state of Tennessee.
Q: How long can a graduate live in the transitional cottage?
A: This is determined on a case-by-case basis, but the maximum time is 18 months.
Q: What does the transitional program look like?
A: Graduates are allowed to remain on the Blue Monarch property beyond graduation as part of the Transitional Program. This program provides a gradual increase in privileges and freedom while maintaining drug testing, accountability, and careful monitoring by staff.
Q: Do you have a waiting list?
A: We have found that the frequency of inquiries sometimes comes in waves throughout the year. So there are times during the year when placement is relatively swift, other times there is a waiting list that shifts frequently as their circumstances tend to change daily.