Betel Australia (Lilydale, Vic) is a caring, not-for-profit Christian community, in the heart Victoria, dedicated to restoring homeless and substance-dependent people to productive, independent lifestyles.
Betel’s residence hosts up to 25 men. We have received numerous testimonies of lives changed, families restored, and new hope for the future through the work of Betel. We welcome you to explore our website to learn more about us, to find out how you can help, or to seek new beginnings for yourself or someone you know who may need the care and love that Betel can provide.
As members of an extended family, working and worshipping together, residents focus on achieving and sustaining change in three main areas of life:
- Physically: by maintaining abstinence from harmful, addictive substances (illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco) and recovering the good health habits of a proper diet and exercise.
- Emotionally: by practising self-control and co-operation, learning basic communication skills, gradually recovering a healthy self-image as a positive contributor to work teams, group recreation, and a caring household.
- Morally: by acquiring a system of values which help to sustain the cumulative benefits of the change individuals achieve, successfully avoiding relapse over the long run.
Betel Shalom Australia is a residential drug and alchol rehabilitation centre located in the heart of the Yarra Valley in Melbourne, Victoria.
We offer a holistic rehabilitation program that focuses on bringing restoration to all areas of the resident’s life, including finances, relationships, heart issues, employment, education and training for the future. Our program is practical and hands-on, ensuring that residents and all involved in Betel Shalom are valued and contributing members of the community. We offer our services to anyone with a life-controlling issue, whether it be an addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol or people with anxiety, fear or emotional trauma.
We use (with permission) the Shalom House (Perth) program, which is known to be the strictest rehabilitation centre in Australia. With its no-nonsense approach, many non-negotiable boundaries and strict rules for the residents to abide by, Betel Shalom ensures they all move through the program as fast as possible whilst at the same time making sure they receive as much from the program as possible.
The founder of Shalom House rehabilitation centre, Peter Lyndon-James, understands the need for rehabilitation and how hard it is to break free from life controlling issues, having himself come from a background of 26 years in addiction. Peter comes from a broken home, he has been institutionalised from the age of nine and addicted to drugs for most of his life. His struggle to break free from the life that held him captive was a process that taught him a great deal. Peter now uses what he has learned to help set others free from what held him captive for so many years.
Betel Shalom rehabilitation centre in Victoria is founded on Christian Principles and at present caters for up to 40 people across two properties, staffed by qualified and trained personnel. Our staff and volunteers do their utmost in caring for our clients, making them and their progress our priority.
Betel Shalom uses the Shalom House program. How does it work?
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Our focus is on bringing restoration to the lives of men and families in our community. We offer a holistic rehabilitation program while ensuring that our residents function actively within the community. Our program is practical and hands on.
We offer our services to anyone with a life-controlling issue, whether it be an addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol or people with anxiety, fear or emotional trauma. At Betel Shalom our residents always come first in the service we provide, we do whatever we can to provide a safe place for them to do what they need to do.
Betel Shalom is a working rehabilitation centre.
All residents agree to work Monday to Friday for the duration of their stay. The type of work they do at Betel Shalom varies from plumbing, gardening, painting, welding, tree lopping, carpentry, cooking, landscaping and tiling, to name a few. At Betel Shalom, residents learn to apply life-changing skills in their day to day interactions and activities. Not only do we teach our residents various trade skills that are listed above, but also decision-making skills, problem-solving, communication and anger management.
You are where you are because of your choices, no one can change you except you.
We all face circumstances that we did or did not create and we all must choose how we will respond. Therefore, you are where you are because of your choices. To help identify what those choices are and how you can change, at Betel Shalom we provide a safe place for you to do what you need to do in your personal rehabilitation journey with our guidance and support 100% of the way.
If a person, however, believes that a lie is true, then that lie becomes their truth.
Often the lie people believe can be one of the root causes for the person’s problems. Lies people believe about themselves can come from broken relationships, family breakdown, trauma or addiction, just to name a few. We work with residents in identifying the issues or root causes that lead them down the road to addiction. Once they are identified, we apply the skills to deal with the issues uncovered. These skills include communication, dealing with conflict, saying ‘no’ to temptation, trust, honesty, patience, humility and faith.
Maximum Number of Residents: 25
Age Range : 17 Years +
Approximate Payment: $700 one-off payment and $300 per week
Length of Stay: 12 – 18 months
Types of Treatment: Alcohol/Drugs/Gambling