Interview Hours: Monday through Thursday –  (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM) and (1:00 PM – 2:00 PM)

Those interested in applying for acceptance into the New Life Program need to do the following:

  • Walk up to the Contact Office window Mon-Thurs, which opens at 9:00 AM.
  • Ask to apply for the New Life Program
  • Be prepared:
    1. Have a current TB Clearance.
    2. Clear a COVID test within two days of entry.
    3. Be willing to enter the program immediately.
If candidate is accepted into the program, the following is what they can expect.

General Conduct

“For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God, while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” Titus 2:11-14 

The following overview and guidelines are what you can expect upon entry into the New Life Program:  

Major Offenses Resulting in Immediate Dismissal:  

  • Fighting or involvement in altercations, whether physical or verbally provocative threats. 
  • Use of any drug, alcohol, nicotine product or substance prohibited by UGM and not prescribed by a doctor or dispensed by Frontline Personnel.  
  • Sexual activity or advances either verbally, physically, or passively.  
  • Refusal of drug or alcohol testing when sought out at the discretion of the staff. 
  • Profanity, coarse, demeaning, objectifying, or crude language, including racial slurs and comments on sexual orientation. 
  • Theft of any material or monetary donations to UGM. 

General Conduct:

  • You have been in the program for a minimum of 30 days. 
  • You are current on all program assignments. 
  • You are not on any sort of restriction.   
  • The church should be approved by a UGM Chaplain. 
  • Activities other than church events on Sunday are generally not allowed.  
  • Attend and participate in all scheduled classes, meetings, and events in addition to regularly scheduled responsibilities put on at the Mission. 
  • Report any injuries immediately to Frontline staff. 
  • The staff should approve any guests before they arrive at the Mission.  
  • No gambling or betting or anything of the sort. 
  • Do not enter offices or the food bank without permission. 
  • Be respectful and courteous to the other residents, staff, neighbors, and other guests. 
  • Friendships and interactions with guests and volunteers need to be brought to a Chaplain’s attention for approval and allowed at their discretion.  
  • A UGM Chaplain must authorize departure from the campus, and you must check out and check back in with Frontline personnel.  
  • Phones and electronics are not allowed while in the New Life Program. 
  • These items may remain in the Frontline office and checked out for use on days off, and then returned for storage. 
  • Cell phones may not be used on campus without permission, nor are they to be borrowed by someone else. 
  • Christian music, sermons, and podcasts require approval by a UGM Chaplain before use. 
  • Men placed on restriction may not leave the campus. 
  • Please do not sell your plasma or blood while in the program. 
  • Attendance at Friendship or Discovery Park is not allowed. 
  • No knives or weapons are allowed on the campus.
  • Schedule medical, dental, and DMV appointments on your day off.  
  • No spitting on Mission campus.
  • If they cannot be scheduled on a day off, or are a lengthy appointment, that time may be considered your day off for the week. 
  • No personal bicycles are allowed while in the program. 

Required Attendance

(Arrive 10 minutes prior) 

Monday – Thursday:
6:00 am – Devotions
8:00 am – 9:00 am: Group Class
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Group Class 

7:00 am – 7:45 am: Breakfast
7:45 am – 9:00 am: Chapel Service 

Every night 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Chapel Service 

Sunday 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Chapel Service 

*Additional special events as communicated by the Mission 

Identify Badge Colors

Badge Colors 

Badge colors represent different phases of the program as your progress through and are to be worn at all times when on campus. The ten-month program is split up into three phases that lasts a total of ten months. Graduates of the New Life Program are identified by their white badges.  

The following phases and their duration are as follows:
Red Phase – 30 days
Green Phase – 4 months
Blue Phase – 5 months
White Badge – Represents you have graduated the New Life Program and are staying on campus while you work, save, serve, and prepare for life.  

Below are brief outlines of each phase requirements.

30 Day Black Out where candidate must stay on campus unless otherwise approved for appointments, court dates, or needed doctor visits. The focus will be on learning the gospel. There will be four weeks of curriculum; God, Man, Jesus, and Response. At the end of 30 days, there will be a consensus about the candidate moving on as they will be determining if we are a good fit for them, as UGM will be assessing them. Below is an outline of the Red Phase 

  • 30 day “blackout”
  • Program Rules Comprehension
  • Curriculum
    • God
    • Humanity
    • Solution
    • Response
  • Memorize and Explain assigned Bible verses.
  • One-on-One Biblical Counseling – (4 main sessions)
  • Written Request to Advance (100 words for each question)
    • How do I view God?
    • How do I view myself in relation to God?
    • What is the gospel?
    • What do I hope life will look like one year from now?
    • Why do I want to move forward with this program?  

Once a person has completed the Red Phase, he will move on to Green. Now he gets a day off, but days off vary with serving role. He can leave from 9:00 AM, after Bible Study class, and will return no later than 2:45 PM. This phase is four months, and the curriculum focuses on doctrine. He will be assessed and interviewed to progress further. Family visitation is authorized following the conditions set forth: 

  1. He has been in the Program for 30 days
  2. He is current on all Program assignments
  3. He is not on restriction

Below is an outline of the Green Phase 

  • 4 Month duration 
  • Curriculum – Essential Doctrines
    • The Canon of Scripture
    • Introduction to the Bible
    • How to Know the Bible
    • God – His Character and Attributes
    • The Person of Jesus Christ
    • The Work of Christ
    • Salvation/Doctrines of Grace
    • The Person and Ministry of the Holy Spirit
    • Prayer and the Believer
    • The Church – Fellowship and Worship
    • Spiritual Gifts
    • Evangelism and the Believer
    • Obedience
    • God’s Will and Guidance
  • Memorize and Explain assigned Bible verses.
  • One-on-One Biblical Counseling – (16 main sessions)
  • Written Request to Advance (100 words for each question)
    • Who is God? 
    • How do I view myself in relation to God? 
    • What is the gospel?  
    • How does the gospel apply to daily life? 
    • Where do I foresee myself in two years? (Describe in detail) 
      • Church involvement 
      • Living situation 
      • Employment

In the last half of the New Life Program, the Chaplain Care Team will be involved in a collaborative effort to prepare the New Life man for life and to be sent back into society and a local church. The day off will be from 9:00 AM to 10:00PM as they begin to practice wisdom in the world. The curriculum will focus on Practical Theology, such as biblical views on work, money, and living a responsible, Christ pleasing life, reconciling relationships, and applying what was learned through he program. The program is personalized and could include a final graduation paper to be read to a panel of staff, book assignments and reviews to write, or other appropriate assignments given at the discretion of the Chaplain Care Team.  

A Yellow Badge is a Disciplinary Badge. It is given to someone who has broken a Rule set forth by the Mission. You can only receive 2 of these in the 9 months. If you receive another you will be asked to leave.

A Pink Badge is an Academic Probation Badge. The person has fallen behind in their studies or has failed to turn in work.
If a program man receives a Yellow or Pink Badge, he loses his privileges. Which are, he cannot leave the property on his day off, he cannot use the fitness area, he cannot use the phone, he cannot use the TV room or computer room. 

Food - Snacks - Meals

  1. All food or drinks purchased off campus must be consumed before returning to UGM, unless the items brought back are shared with every person in the program.
  2. All meals are to be eaten in the dining room only.
  3. UGM cooks are responsible to dispense food.
  4. You will be alerted for each meal by the ringing of the bell.
  5. You must be present for the prayer prior to the meal, or you may not be allowed to eat.
  6. The meal schedule is as follows:
    • Monday – Friday
      • 6:50 am Breakfast (7:00 am on Fridays)
      • 10:00 am Snack
      • 12:00 pm Lunch
      • 2:30 pm Snack
      • 5:00 pm Dinner 
    • Saturday – Sundays – Holidays
      • 7:30-8:30 am Breakfast 
        • 7:30-9:00 am on Sundays
      • 12:00 pm Lunch
      • 5:00 pm Dinner

Personal Appearance

As a Christ-centered program, we aim to be conservative in dress and appearance, not bringing attention to ourselves but to Jesus. 
We, therefore, ask the following:

  1. All clothing should be conservative, remembering that as a New Life resident, you are representing Christ and Union Gospel Mission through your attire. 
  2. Excessive body piercings and jewelry may not be allowed.
  3. Please shower daily and be reasonably clean. 
  4. Maintain a trimmed and neat facial look. 
    • See the “Cage Attendant” for shaving and showering supplies.
  5. Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times.
    • Shower shoes and “flip flops” are only permitted in the shower and dormitory.
  6. Please dress conservatively for the chapel services.
  7. Shorts, tank tops, and casual wear should be worn only at permitted times and places. 

Clothing and Laundry

  1. Program men are to receive clothing from the clothing room. Clothing will be issued on Monday and Wednesday between 11:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  2. Permission is required for anyone in the program to take items from the clothing room or warehouse.
  3. All clothing and personal items are to be contained within your locker and drawer. Shoes and laundry bags may be stored under your bunks.
  4. Your laundry will be washed, dried, and returned to your bed by those assigned to laundry duty.
  5. Please follow the laundry schedule. 
  6. Up to (2) towels are allowed for use at a time from the mission and laundered as needed.
  7. Towels may be hung to dry at the end of your bed.
  8. Coats must be hung on hooks provided. 

TV Room - Hours and Rules

  1. Movies and T.V. may be watched with prior permission from a UGM Chaplain
  2. Please keep pillows out of the TV room.
  3. TV Room hours:
    • 6:00 am – 11:00 pm Sunday through Thursday
    • 6:00 am – Midnight Friday and Saturday
  4. TV viewing is limited to sports, news, and family-oriented shows.
  5. No rated “R” movies allowed.
  6. Snacks are allowed in the TV room only with prior approval from Frontline or Kitchen staff.
  7. Meals are not allowed to be eaten in the TV room 


  1. “Lights Out” is at 11:00 PM unless otherwise directed; please be kind and thoughtful to others.
  2. Please be in the dormitory from 12:00 am – 4:00 am
  3. Exceptions are allowed for the “floor man” and “night man.”
  4. Please do not hang anything on the dormitory walls.
  5. Makeshift bed curtains are not allowed. 
  6. Make your beds and clean up your area every morning by 6:00 am 
  7. Wash your bedding on your day off. 
  8. Please keep your medication under staff supervision, locked up, and outside the dorm area.  

Serving roles are assigned to each person in the New Life Program to assist and partner with us in the daily operations of the Mission. It is your responsibility to know what your assignment’s function is and the hours for that shift.