Boise Rescue Mission Ministries - New Life Program

P.O. Box 1494, Boise, Idaho, 83701



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About Boise Rescue Mission Ministries - New Life Program

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Since 1958, Boise Rescue Mission Ministries has provided services to clients in Boise and Nampa, Idaho, and the surrounding areas who are seeking treatment for homelessness and addiction. The New Life Program is a long-term, faith-based residential treatment program for adult men and women seeking treatment for substance abuse. It is one of Idaho’s eight long-term treatment facilities. The program is provided at three gender-specific homeless shelters. Detox is not available on-site.


Treatment in the Boise Rescue Mission Ministries - New Life Program begins with completing an application and an interview with the program’s staff members. The application is extensive and covers a large segment of the client’s medical, family, and addiction history.

Applications are reviewed by staff members to determine if the client has a need for the program, demonstrates a desire to participate, and could benefit from a faith-based program. Interviews begin over the phone but are finished in-person at one of the designated facilities.

Treatment is built around “discipleship, accountability, counseling, education, and a Bible-based curriculum.” The program consists of five phases: an initial, probationary “Candidate Phase,” Basic Training, Discipleship, Development, and Transitional Living. The probationary period lasts two weeks.

The long-term program generally takes one to two years to complete. It consists of a faith-based, Bible-focused curriculum. Clients participate in a series of treatment phases that focus on different aspects of recovery. The process begins with an acclamation to treatment phase where clients attempt to transition into a structured treatment program. The program ends with a transitional phase, where clients work on transitioning out of the program.

Clients enter the program in a probationary period to assess their ability to assimilate into the program. Clients attend treatment sessions, which include religious services, group work, and case management by facility staff members. The period lasts up to two weeks, and any client with issues can be removed from the program.

During treatment, clients participate in affiliated service groups outside of the program. While the content and makeup of these groups vary, a large proportion of them must be affiliated with Christianity or the Church in some way. Clients are given milestones to meet, including personal study assignments and group activities. In the later stages of treatment, clients begin to mentor other participants while continuing their education through GED courses.


Boise Rescue Mission Ministries - New Life Program is staffed by crews in three separate facilities. Each facility has addiction treatment personnel and clergy on staff. In the later stages of recovery, clients in the program begin to mentor other participants. In Idaho, 88 facilities use mentorship in their treatment programs. Volunteers also help support the program.


Boise Rescue Mission Ministries - New Life Program is offered at three gender-specific shelters: Lighthouse, in northeastern Nampa, with space for 18 men; River of Life, in central Boise, with space for 30 men; and City Light, also in central Boise, with space for 30 women and their children. City Light is one of the 87 facilities in Idaho that offer treatment programs specifically for women. The City Light center also offers a children’s program. Boise Rescue Mission Ministries provides clothes, shelter, and meals for its residents.


The single alum polled by about Boise Rescue Mission Ministries to date gave positive feedback, indicating that they would strongly recommend treatment at this facility.
“They had a great bible based 12-step program,” they wrote anonymously, giving the center four out of five stars for its staff experience, counseling options, and treatment for co-occurring disorders, and three stars for its holistic offerings and family participation. The alum gave five out of five stars for affordability.

On Yelp, there were two positive reviews and one negative review. [2] The negative review on Yelp criticized the facility for providing service to “ homeless / transients (many of whom are in filthy clothes and obviously carrying lice, fleas, and other outdoor pests upon their persons and in their clothing).” However, positive reviews praised the free and faith-based aspects of the program.


At the time of this writing, one staff member provided feedback about the New Life Program to The feedback was mixed, with two out of five stars given for its holistic offerings, three stars for staff experience and leisure offerings, and four stars for its counseling options, family participation, and cleanliness. Five out of five stars were given for affordability, staff availability, and safety.


The New Life Program is completely funded by members of the community, meaning the program is provided free of charge to the participating men and women.


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  • Anonymous
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    A great program but missing a few key elements necessary for total recovery. A grace based recovery program that helps people understand their own needs and why they keep trying to fill their needs with substance abuse. Very little understanding of the role that health, nutrition and exercise play in the addiction cycles.
  • Anonymous
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    It was Christian based, so if you are not a Christian it is probably not for you. They had a great bible based 12-step program.