Those wishing to enter the Betel community may do so free of charge, on the condition that they voluntarily stop using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco
All families and all work places have their rules. Betel is no exception. Although there are small variances from country to country here is a list of the basic rules Betel has established for the maintenance of a loving and orderly community.
Those wishing to enter the Betel community may do so free of charge, on the condition that they voluntarily stop using illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and comply with the following rules:
- Residents are to participate in the full schedule and activities of the community, keeping a structured day from 7 AM to 11 PM.
- Smoking or the use of any tobacco product is not permitted
- Personal money is to be deposited with the staff upon entry. Money not spent on personal needs will be returned upon departing the community.
- Betel is free to enter – no one will be denied entrance due to lack of finances. However, in countries where residents are entitled to government welfare benefits, special entrance conditions may apply.
- “Betelitos” travel in pairs. All residents are to be accompanied by another resident or staff member during their first few months.
- Upon entrance, individuals are to inform Betel of their present state of health, particularly on any contagious diseases, and of all pending legal judgments. (Individuals with organic or psychological illnesses may be denied entrance if: the disease is actively contagious; if it requires specialized medical attention, or impedes the normal functioning of the community.)
- The use or consumption of drug, alcohol or tobacco substitutes is not permitted.
- Family visits are encouraged with residents during our regular scheduled public meetings. All other family visits outside regularly scheduled events require prior notification and permission.
- New residents generally do not leave the premises for the first 15 days. (While everyone maintains the right to depart Betel for any reason at any moment.)
- It is recommended that married couples who enter together be separated temporarily, into the single men’ and women’s communities, until the directors consider them prepared to reunite.
- The possession of illegal drugs or alcohol by a resident may be motive for expulsion from the community.
- Each resident retains the right to access appropriate provisions of the local health Authorities and Social Services.