Application Process and Criteria

Application Process
There are two steps in the application process to become a member of Karis Community:

  1. The applicant meets with the Executive Director or the Program Manager for an interview. If it is determined that the Empowerment Program at Karis is a good fit for the applicant and for the Community, the applicant is invited to attend an Applicant Dinner.
  2. Applicant Dinners are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. and are hosted by a current Community Member. At dinner, the applicant has the opportunity to socialize with current Community Members. Following dinner, the current residents ask the applicant a series of predetermined questions to gain a better understanding of the applicant. The applicant then has an opportunity to ask the current residents any questions that have arisen after the initial interview. The host will then escort the applicant to the door and ask them to call the following day to inquire about the results. The host then returns to the dining room and facilitates a discussion amongst the Community which culminates in the Community deciding by vote if they think the applicant would be appropriate for Karis.

If you become a member of the Community, upon entrance you will be assigned a mentor (current resident) who will be available to help you with the transition process, in addition to support from staff and Community Members.

Applicants who struggle with addictions must meet the following criteria:
Substance abuse: 30 days clean and sober from marijuana and alcohol and 90 days sober from all other substances, as well as attendance at two outside support groups weekly to support sobriety.
Self-harm behavior: 3 months of abstinence from behavior.

Criteria for Applicants:

  • You are at least 21 years of age.
  • Your primary struggle is a mental health diagnosis.
  • You are able to pay monthly rent. We are unable to accept Section 8 Housing Vouchers.
  • You are able to work, volunteer or attend school for at least 20 hours a week
  • You are working with a therapist in the community to assist you in addressing mental health issues.
  • If you are on medication, you are working with a psychiatrist in the local community.
  • You are available on all Thursday evenings to participate in Community dinner and meetings.
  • You are able to attend at least 3 Community dinners each week (dinner is provided 6 days a week).
  • You are able to provide your own breakfast and lunch throughout the week, as well as dinner on Saturday evenings. Cupboard and refrigerator space are available for your private groceries.
  • You are able to attend at least two in-house support groups per week:

Men’s Group on Monday evenings.
Women’s Group on Tuesday evenings.
Addictions Group on Wednesday evenings.
General Support Group on Friday evenings.

  • You will be assigned a chore on a monthly basis.
  • You are able to take medication on your own.
  • You are able to maintain general upkeep of your room (checked monthly) to ensure cleanliness and safety.
  • You are able to offer support to and receive support from the community.
  • You are able to develop and work towards completing monthly and quarterly goals.
  • You are able to meet with staff on a consistent basis to develop healthy coping and life skills.


Fees include rent and six evening meals per week. Fees also include all work with clinical staff as outlined above.

Single room: $618 per month
Double room: $503 per month
$200 damage deposit paid with first month’s rent

If you are interested in applying, please contact us at 303-355-5546.