Gideon House – Men’s Center
THE MEN’S RESTORATION CENTER IS A FAITH-BASED ADULT ADDICTION RECOVERY PROGRAM. OUR MISSION IS TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE CHRISTIAN FAITH-BASED SOLUTION TO LIFE-CONTROLLING DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTIONS.
About The Program
Gideon House is a 12-month long outreach ministry of New Creation Foundation Inc. (NCF), a recognized 501(c)3. NCRC is registered with the State of Texas as an exempt faith-based chemical dependency treatment program, Exemption Number FB3305.
The mission of NCRC is to bring Christ-centered restoration and healing to individuals and families that have been destroyed by chronic life-controlling issues or addictions such as Behavior: anger, anxiety, depression, pornography, gambling; Substance: prescription medications, illicit drugs, alcohol, food; Relationships: co-dependent, unhealthy or enmeshed, while empowering them to become productive members of society.
It is the belief of this organization that learning is a cumulative experience, and this faith-based program can facilitate the cognitive development of the participants (students) through the framework of in-depth religious education, counseling and mentoring.
While it is hoped to attain a desired behavior, the ultimate goal of NCRC is to lead the student to a relationship with Christ, as this has been found in the faith-based community to be the determining factor in restoring someone to being a long-term and productive member of society.
Meet the Staff
David T. Van Buskirk
Vice President / COO
Growing up in a broken home and early childhood exposure to drugs and alcohol cleared a path to addiction at a young age. Though his mother, from time to time, would seek solace for their family in church services, they never regularly attended any one church. Dave never understood the gospel, nor do he ever remember hearing the message of the cross. As a young adult he found himself very broken and with a serious addiction to both drugs and alcohol.
When it seemed like all hope was lost, he had a very powerful and life changing encounter with Jesus Christ that set him free from the bondage of addiction. As he grew in his relationship with Christ, he felt called to proclaim this same message of freedom to others who struggle with addiction.
Dave has been working in the ministry of faith-based drug and alcohol recovery for 15 years becoming an ordained minister and Pastor. We are proud to have him as a member of the administrative staff at New Creation Foundation, as he continues to help others in finding freedom from addiction through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
“Though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.”
2 Corinthians 4:16
Men’s Residential Coordinator
Hal Neely is the Men’s Residential Coordinator for the ministry. He was born and raised in the Houston area. Hal has spent the last twelve years teaching men and women how to find the answers to their struggles through a relationship with Jesus Christ using his own life experiences.
He has a passion for the Word of God which he endeavors to instill in each of the students. He is a Licensed Minister with the Assemblies of God. The scriptures he stands on are 2 Chronicles 7:14 & Isaiah 55:8-11.
Cliff came to New Creation Restoration Center in 2015 after a loss in his life sent him into a tailspin. He threw a 20-year sobriety to the wind and stepped back into alcohol and drugs. He thanks God and the pastors at New Creation for helping him restore family relationships, and build a solid foundation on Jesus Christ. God has blessed Cliff with the skills and knowledge of building, so that he may pass them on to the men of New Creation to use in their new life with Jesus.
Cliff now serves as Vocation Coordinator, mentoring and teaching skills as he oversees the remodeling crews and general facility maintenance.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3: 17
Men’s Education Coordinator
Victor was born and raised in Augusta, Georgia but came to Texas after graduating from Augusta State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He has seven years’ experience in Christian Counseling as well as having been the Admissions and Vocational Coordinator in faith-based ministries. Victor is a former post-secondary education instructor in College Mathematics and English. He is currently in pursuit of his Berean Pastoral Certification through Global University.
Victor has dedicated this portion of his life to the calling that God has placed upon him to help others and to provide the testimony of what God has done for him and that He can and will do for them. He serves New Creation Foundation as Education Coordinator for our Gideon House Men’s Program. Being in Troup has moved him closer to his daughter’s family and is enjoying the time spent with his 1-½ year old grandson who calls him Gamps.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
The first step in getting help for drug addiction is having a desire in your heart for change in your life. Without this desire, true and lasting change cannot be achieved.
Read through the application documents on this website. Click below for a list of documents available for download, including rules, health requirements, and a general overview of the Life Care program. You may also call to request an admissions packet be mailed to you.
Contact the admissions office. Be prepared to honestly and candidly answer some serious questions about your life, your health, your family, and your legal situation during a pre-screening. You may be asked to make an appointment for a personal interview.
Things to Know
MEDICAL – The completed Health Screening Form is required before you can enter the New Creation Restoration program. If you are unable to pay for your medical tests, there are many avenues to have these done at little or no cost. A Help Card is available from each campus to assist you with finding clinics in the surrounding area.
NON-REFUNDABLE INDUCTION FEE – The $1,250 induction fee will need to be discussed before program entry. While this fee does not pay for your entire stay at New Creation Restoration Center, it is necessary to help defray the initial costs during your first few weeks here. After the initial induction fee there will be a $300 per month program fee for the duration of the program. All fees are non-refundable.
RESIDENCY AVAILABILITY – Open beds are made available to new students on a first-come / first-served basis. If we are full, you may be placed on the waiting list. You must demonstrate a firm desire to come by having your Health Screening done and sent to our office, as well as by completing an interview.
If you are struggling with chronic substance abuse, or any other life-controlling problem, remove yourself from that environment. Easier said than done, right? But, if you are really serious about changing your life, you are going to need to do everything you can to stay away from alcohol and drugs, and away from the people that use them. That temptation is always going to be there, but for now you need to get as far away from it as possible until you build your faith to resist it.
You are also going to need to find other people who are willing to help you and support you in your decision to change your life. Have you burned a lot of bridges getting to where you are today? God can restore those relationships, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Find the courage to tell others about your decision, and you will find someone that agrees and wants to help you.
Five Things You Can Do Today
PRAY. Don’t ever underestimate the power of prayer. When you pray, you are establishing a relationship with God that will endure through the good days and the bad days.
READ THE BIBLE. The Bible is God’s Word that has been given to us all. Its contents are simple and deeper than you could ever imagine, and will help you in times of struggle. Reading the Bible gives you new insight on this world and the problems we all face.
SEEK FELLOWSHIP. Spending time with other Christians is an important part of the growing process in general, and is a great way to get some advice on the personal things you have going on in your life right now.
WRITE DOWN YOUR PLAN. You need to map out your game plan on paper. If you are really going to change your life, you must have a plan! These plans may change, but you need to have a plan to follow when you hit a weak point.
STUDENT HANDBOOK – DOWNLOAD HERE
Frequently Asked Questions
What are life-controlling issues?
- Behavior: Gambling, pornography, outbursts of anger, cutting, etc.
- Substance: prescription medications, drugs, alcohol, food.
- Relationships: Co-dependent, unhealthy or enmeshed relationships.
Is New Creation's Men's Center a medical program?
NRCF believes in the faith model and concentrates on focusing attention on God and His will for those that enter the program. While NRCF recognizes the need for expertise in some areas, NCRC does not subscribe to the medical model of helping an individual involved in drug abuse.
Why is this program effective?
You might believe it is the length of the program (12-18 months) along with the religious environment that helps a person kick the habit. We believe it is because of someone we call Jesus Christ. When a person finds a relationship with God, they become a New Creation and everything changes. New priorities, attitudes, reactions, plans and goals in life add up to change. The new replaces the old lifestyle and the attitudes and behaviors underlying them.
Is this program open to people of all faiths?
The recovery program is based foundationally on a literal interpretation of the Protestant Bible. Certainly, people of other faiths may enter the program but, as they are informed of the nature of the program, they voluntarily choose to participate. It is not required that a participant have a conversion experience to enter or complete, but conversion is regarded as the greatest hope for breaking a life-controlling issue.
How can I get help?
Contact the campus at (903) 405-5656 and ask for the Admissions Coordinator. They will provide you with entrance and program information. The applicant must schedule a phone interview and speak to the Intake Coordinator personally. It is preferred that the applicant interview in person if you live within a one hundred (100) mile radius of the campus.
Does it cost to go to this program?
We ask for a $1,250.00 non-refundable induction fee at the time of entry. While this fee does not pay for your entire stay at New Creation Restoration, it is necessary to help defray the initial costs during your first few weeks here, although no one is turned away for lack of funding. While it costs an average of $1,500.00 per month to provide room and board and cover program costs we only ask for $300.00 per month and that can be raised through sponsorships. The money for remaining costs are raised through individual donations, fundraising and work programs. Costs and fees are explained more fully in the application.
If a person drops out of the program, can they get their money back?
It is the policy of NCRC that no entry fee will be refunded. This is shared at the time of admissions and will be provided in writing.
Do you have lock-down facilities?
As a general rule, NCRC is for those who voluntarily want to enter the program to receive assistance with life-controlling issues. At this time, NCRC does not have a true lock-down facility.
Can a person get court ordered into the program?
Yes, a person may be court ordered, however, because of our faith-based nature, the court is required to give the individual a choice, (i.e., either 12 months in a correctional facility or complete the NCRC program). It is important that such a person understand that biblical principles are fully integrated into the program at NCRC.
Will my family members be able to visit me while I am in the program?
NCRC has a visitation policy that will be covered at the time of the pre-intake interview. Generally, only immediate family members or a minister is allowed contact with the participant. Contact between the participant and other individuals will be severely restricted for the same reasons as other programs of similar nature. If you would like to tour the NCRC campus, we would be happy to accommodate you. Please call beforehand so that we will have someone available to provide a tour.