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New Life Program

Where the path to total recovery begins..

In the 10-month New Life program, participants are guided to honestly evaluate past struggles, current options and future potential for an independent life, through a full schedule of recovery classes. Program material focuses on anger management, alcoholism recovery, job readiness, men’s and women’s issues, budgeting, and more.

Successful completion of the New Life Program culminates in an exciting graduation ceremony and celebration of those who are ready to begin life outside the shelter as self-sufficient, productive members of society. About 65% of our residents choose our New Life program.


There are separate Program Directors for men and women seniors & disabled and veterans. These directors develop a relationship of encouragement, structure, and accountability with each participant through each of the program’s four phases.

New Life Program Guidelines

Program Duration: 10 Months /4 phasesNote: Due to the full-day classroom schedule, New Life program participants cannot work outside of Dallas LIFE during Phases 1-3. In Phase 3, the job application process begins in earnest.

Phase 1

  • Orientation period- must stay on property, no visitors. Eligibility for passes to leave property begins in Phase 2.
  • Workforce development in kitchen at Dallas LIFE
Phase 2

  • Full schedule of recovery classes begins.
  • Workforce development at Dallas LIFE in security or food service.
Phase 3

  • Class schedule continues.
  • Begin focus on job and housing applications.
  • Join a local church.
  • Work with a mentor.
Phase 4

  • Class schedule and mentoring continue.
  • Job and housing application processes are finalized.

For more information about our New Life recovery program, please contact:

Mary Ann Sweeney
Director of Homeless No More Program
214.421.1380 x1013


Stories From Our Graduates



LaShawnda and her husband had good jobs – she at a major retailer and he at a worldwide manufacturing company. They lived along with their one-year old in a nice house, and often entertained friends.


Stories From Our Graduates


After a divorce, James had one suitcase, no place to sleep, and very little hope. He found new life here and is now the head cook in our kitchen! James is a shining star to residents and staff.


Stories From Our Graduates


Life circumstances had sent Anna to Georgia to live with her brother. But things did not work out. “That’s how I became homeless,” she reflects. “And I did graduate from college,