Paying It Forward, One Individual, One Life At A Time - 501 c (3)

About Us

How We're Helping

We are Empowering Individuals To Become Independent, Self Sufficient and Contributing Members of their Communities; Free of Abuse. We do this by Providing Safe Housing Programs to Individuals Who May Be Experiencing Abuse Through Sexual and Domestic Violence, Homelessness and/or but not limited to Self Abuse. Our business provides an array of services tailored to meet the specific needs of individuals who have been in an abusive lifestyle and/or situation. 

We Are All Gender Inclusive....

   The Olive Press (TOP) is dedicated to providing a safe environment for all clients. We welcome all people who are abused, including anyone traditionally silenced because of their sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, race, religion, age, ability or income level. This means that staying at safe housing includes interactions and sharing a room with people of all genders, sexual orientations and all ethnic and racial backgrounds. This includes people who may identify as lesbian, bisexual, transgender or male, as well as individuals with physical and mental disabilities and elderly people.
 

Our Experience

 As Peer Survivors of homelessness, abuse and array of underlying circumstances ourselves, we now dedicate our lives to guiding other persons in their journey of reaching their goals. We continue our experience through ongoing education through various outlets such as such as webinars, and on-site education certificate programs directly related to the issues of abuse within the Maricopa and surrounding counties we serve. 

TOP EMPOWERMENT

Safe Housing Program

 Olif's Place provides Safe Housing in a homelike setting with a program attached. We connect you with employment opportunities. 

The Angel House- Safe Advanced Living Homes for Homeless Women in Abusive Lifestyles and or Situations Sexual and Domestic Violence, Homelessness and or but not limited to Self Abuse 


The Freedom Home-Coming Soon! We are expanding our services to Montana in 2019! Come join us in Big Sky Country for a fresh start and a new beginning!

S.M.A.R.T Recovery

   We provide Face to Face meetings  twice a month, onsite, with TOP's Certified SMART Recovery Facilitators.  We connect and encourage our clients to engage in online and outside meetings  within the communities we are located.  We also would encourage Family and Friends to attend meetings specifically for them. www.smartrecovery.org

About SMART Recovery

SMART Recovery is an abstinence-based, not-for-profit organization with a sensible self-help program for people having problems with drinking and using. It includes many ideas and techniques to help you change your life from one that is self-destructive and unhappy to one that is constructive and satisfying. SMART Recovery is not a spin-off of Alcoholics Anonymous.  No one will label you an “alcoholic”, an “addict” or “diseased” nor “powerless”, and if you do not believe in a religion or spirituality, that’s fine, too. We teach common sense self-help procedures designed to empower you to abstain and to develop a more positive lifestyle.  When you succeed at following our approach, you may graduate from the program, or you may stay around to help others.  

Key Areas of Awareness and Change

In SMART Recovery we emphasize:

(1) Enhancing motivation;

(2) Refusing to act on urges to use;

(3) Managing life’s problems in a sensible and effective way without substances; and

(4) Developing a positive, balanced, and healthy lifestyle.

TOP's Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocates

Our staff includes trained and certified Sexual and Domestic Violence Advocates onsite.   We educate our clients through in class training and webinars provided through the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, and other related  Social Providers. www.acesdv.org

TOP Enrollment Agreement

  T H E OLIVE PRESS
A 501 C(3) PUBLIC CHARITY
‘Paying it Forward, One Individual , One Life at a Time’
A Tribute to My Mother ‘Oli Pop’
AN ALL GENDER INCLUSIVE SAFE HOUSING PROGRAM
IN A HOME-LIKE ENVIRONMENT
WWW.THEOLIVEPRESS.ORG
THEOLIVEPRESS.AZ@GMAIL.COM
915.538.8673
Welcome to The Olive Press Safe Housing Programs for Individuals In Sexual and Domestic
Violence, Sex Trafficked, Homeless and or Self Abuse. Our goal is to help you achieve ‘YOUR’ Goals
that you set for yourself while enrolled in our program. This program is a 3 month to 2 year length of
stay commitment. This is not a rental, you are entering a ‘Safe Housing Program’. Our ‘Professional Peer’ Staff are experienced and Certified Advocates and Facilitators in the areas of Sexual and
Domestic Violence, Substance Abuse and/or other areas of expertise. Together we have combined
experience of over 20 years. We look forward to supporting you in your ‘Goal Plan’ and guiding you as
you to begin your journey in your ‘New Life, Free of Abuse’.
We at The Olive Press ‘TOP’ are “Paying it Forward, One Individual , One Life at a Time”, Upon
entrance you will be assigned a ‘Shared Living Quarters’ room on one of our properties in a Homelike environment. You will then be assigned a ‘ Pay It Forward Peer’.
‘Pay it Forward Peers’ : are members of ‘Olif’s Place Program’s (OPPs) at ‘The Olive Press’
(TOP) ‘Pay it Forward Peers are ‘Peer Clients’ that have been enrolled in the program for at least one
week and are very familiar with the ‘ins and outs’-of the process and will guide you in beginning your
journey with The Olive Press. Once you have been in the program for a week you will become a ‘Pay
it Forward Peer”, in which you will help a new peer that comes in to the program; just as you were
helped. The implementation of the ‘Pay it Forward Peer’ program is to instill a sense of purpose, selfpride and well-being in your life.
T he f ollow ing a r e g uide line s t o he lp you navigate ‘Olif’s Place Program’s (OPPS)
Transportation: OPPS has transportation available for your immediate needs such as securing
identification, food stamps, picking up prescriptions, trips to the library, limited shopping, Ect., when
you first arrive. * Transportation will pick you up at 7:00 am to take you to DES *If you do not have an
ID Transportation will take you to the DMV to get an ID.
*** Use the following address to have your photo ID Card sent to you: (Your
Name) 720 S Mesa Dr, Mesa, Az 85210.***
Once you have your paper ID transportation will take you to go apply for food stamps and a free
phone at the DES office located at 120 W 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85201, Mesa, AZ 85201.
**call staff, only when everyone in your group has finished the process at DES, for your ride back to
the property** Following is the information you will need to apply for food stamps and a phone;
The Olive Press Safe Housing Program;
Director- Sarah Pate 915-538-8673 (Have the DES representative call this number to verify your
enrollment in the Safe Housing Domestic Violence Program)
Mailing Address: you may receive mail ONLY at the following mailing address: C/O The Olive
Press (Client Name) PO Box 5299, Mesa, Az 85211;
*Physical Address-720 S Mesa Dr Mesa Az 85210 *use this address to apply for food stamps and
the free phone outside in the tent at DES. **Do NOT have mail sent to the physical address as it will
be returned to sender.
Program Fees: are $541.31 per month.* If you are working you are required to pay biweekly for
the first month, and monthly thereafter. If you receive a monthly check you are required to pay
monthly. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE *Refund Policy (No Refunds will be issued) All services are sold
“as is”. If you choose to leave the program early or are exited for any reason you will not be
refunded. You assume the responsibility for your purchase, and no refunds will be issued*
Fees being non-refundable should not be a problem as long as you are committed to the program in
which you enrolled and follow the guidelines as outlined in this agreement.
*We Do Not Tolerate: Alcohol/Substance Abuse on our properties, Aggressive Behavior,
Assault, Destruction of TOP Properties (you will be charged and/ or prosecuted to the full extent of
the law) and/ or but not limited to tampering with the heating and cooling system. DO Not crack or
open doors and windows to modify or activate the heating and cooling systems in any way.
*Water only*No Food or drinks are allowed in you’re sleeping quarters or the living rooms.*
**Everyone has a designated food storage and refrigerator for their use.
Promise to Pay Beds: The program allows for (2) P2P beds per month. * We only have a limited
budget for these beds so use your time wisely and follow the guidance of staff. Once you are hired
bring an ‘Employment Verification’ letter to show staff. * OPPS has a list of employment resources
for you to utilize if employment is one of your goals. If you need a bus pass or any other resource that
‘Olif’s Place Program’ does not provide please see staff for a list of available resources in the
community*
‘Ele c tr onic s C om m unic ations Pr oc e dur e ’ : We are a paperless organization and use
electronic text messaging to sign on and off property, e-sign all agreements and documents pertaining
to the program, send homework assignments, volunteer schedules Ect. *If you do not already have
an email address our staff will guide you in setting one up upon entrance so that you may access all of
your signed documents in reference to OPPS business.
Curfew: is 11:00 pm Sunday-Thursday and 1:00 am Friday and Saturday. Once you have your phone
see staff to set up a group text. When you leave the property ‘text off’ , when you return to the
property ‘text on’. If you are current on program fees you may take overnights. When taking an
overnight text off 24, 48, Ect. ; or the correct amount of time off of that you are taking; please be
sure to secure someone to cover your ‘Community Contributions’ commitment while away and text
staff the name of whom will be covering your Contributions.
Community Contributions: CC’s are a scheduled set of cleaning guidelines on your assigned
property that you live on. These along with the volunteer positions are designed to guide you in
Everyday Life Skills that you will help you with time management, organizational skills, personal
hygeine, cooking, cleaning and various other skills. Included in the CC’s twice a month, you will be
assigned a schedule for volunteering at one of the local food banks that we are partnered with.
(Please see your Housing Coordinator for your ‘CC’ Volunteer schedule)
SMART GROUP: Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 PM we have group. This
is a confidential group! We implement recovery for ‘Abusive Lifestyles’. We also ask that you stay
clean and sober while on our properties. We understand the many different underlying issues in
abuse. We utilize the SMART (Self Management And Recovery Training) with an abuse over-lay. You
can use this program to overcome any issue in your life.
*Please go online and go to www.smartrecovery.org to familiarize yourself with this self-management
recovery program. You will have homework assignments and will need to know how to navigate the
online website to retrieve your homework tools.
Management: There are on-site managers and assistant on-site managers who oversee the
operations of the property 24hours a day, seven days a week. We also have housing coordinator‘s in
each of the ‘shared living quarters’ rooms, they are ‘ Pay It Forward Peers, and are there for you to
receive guidance from.
Visitors: 720 property only. Visitors are allowed between the hours of 5pm -7 pm Nightly.
Case Managers and other Advocates need to check in with staff upon arrival and exit. Visiting is only
allowed outside in the common areas. When you have a visitor on property please text staff to inform
us of their arrival and exit. Unfortunately No Children are Allowed on the properties under the age
of 18.
Our hope is that you enjoy your stay and embrace your new life in peace and love to all. Please
remember to be kind and respect each other. We are all here to help you grow in your new life ‘ Free
of Abuse’. Thank you for choosing to Take Your Life Back!
T he O liv e P r e s s … . .‘Empowering You to an Become Independent, Self-sufficient, Contributing Member
of Your Community, FREE of ABUSE’
Never, Never, Never Give Up,
Sarah P Pate, Founder, The Olive Press
A Tribute to My Mother ‘Oli Pop’
By signing this agreement I acknowledge that I have read and understand the program agreement
policy and the ‘No Refund Policy’.

Client Signature __________________ Date ________________

Staff Signature ___________________ Date ________________

TOP Sexual Harassment Policy

  T HE O L IV E PRE S S Sexual Harassment Policy
The Olive Press is a 501 © (3) Public Charity,
Providing Safe Transitional Living Homes for Individuals in Abuse. (Sexual and/or Domestic Violence, Sex
Trafficked, Homeless and/or but not limited to Self Abuse, *Substance Abuse) ‘The Olive Press’ pledges
in preserving a SAFE environment free from sexual harassment. Harassment is against the law and is a
form of gender discrimination. The aim of this policy is to prevent harassment of any kind by anyone
employed or volunteering by or associated with the organization to include clients.
Sexual harassment consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or unwanted
sexual attention by anyone associated with the company, whether male or female. Harassment may
include references to employment or volunteer status or conditions or may serve to create a hostile,
intimidating or uncomfortable work and or living environment. Harassment includes, but is not limited
to, obscene jokes, lewd comments, sexual depictions, repeated requests for dates, touching, staring or
other sexual conduct committed either on or off Organizational premises.
Victims of Sexual Harassment have the right to sue both the company and the perpetrator by
contacting the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or a state agency. For this reason and for the
protection of all our employees volunteers and clients and any and all vendors, The Olive Press seeks to
prevent sexual harassment. All Olive Press employees, volunteers and or clients are responsible for
helping ensure that our said workplace and or living environment is kept free of sexual harassment.
If You Feel You Have Been a Victim of Sexual Harassment, report the behavior to Sarah
P Pate at 720 S Mesa Dr, Mesa, Az 85210 phone # 915-538-8673 or to any supervisor, member of the
personnel department or the organizational staff. If you have witnessed sexual harassment, you also are
urged to report the incident so that prompt action may be taken. All complaints will be treated
seriously, kept as confidential as possible and investigated fully.
The Olive Press expressly forbids any retaliation against employees, volunteers and or clients for
reporting sexual harassment. If, however, the Organization finds that false charges have been filed,
disciplinary and or legal action may be taken against anyone who provides false information. If an
investigation confirms that sexual harassment has occurred, immediate action will be taken to put an
end to the harassment. The Olive Press will take appropriate corrective actions against anyone found to
T HE O L IV E PRE S S Sexual Harassment Policy
be in violation of this policy, including possible termination of employment, volunteer status community
service workers, and or but not limited to clients.
By signing this policy, I agree that I have read and understand The Olive Press Sexual Harassment Policy.
Date:
Executive Director Signature ;
Affiliate Signature:
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Grievance Policy

  

It is the policy of ‘The Olive Press’, also referred to as TOP; to treat all clients with fairness and professionalism and to strive for excellence in providing services to clients.  TOP policy provides clients and their families or legal guardians with the opportunity to express a problem or grievance related to the quality of services. If you feel you have been treated unfairly, unprofessionally or feel that your rights have been breached, the following procedure should be used.

TOP's grievance procedure is designed to provide a means for clients receiving services to bring a grievance to the attention of TOP’s and to reach a speedy resolution. TOP’s has a strict policy prohibiting retaliation in any form against anyone who files a grievance.

A grievance is defined as any situation or condition that a client thinks is unfair, unjust or inequitable. In addition, if a client merely states they want to file a grievance, a grievance should be completed. Under this Client Grievance Procedure, you should submit a grievance in the following sequence:

If you have a grievance, the concern can be discussed with a TOP supervising staff. If you decide to speak to a TOP staff member and an agreement cannot be reached, you should proceed to the next step of this grievance procedure. You can also file a grievance without any discussion and proceed to the next step. Grievance forms can be found at the following:

* On our website at www.theolivepress.org. See "Grievance Policy"

If the matter has not been resolved to your satisfaction, you may choose to discuss your concerns with any supervisor.

Once notified by email, TOP will initiate an investigation within two business days and provide an acknowledgment to you within 7 business days.

TOP will report the outcome of the complaint investigation to you within 14 business days after the complaint is received. If it has not been possible to gather the necessary information that would lead to a resolution by 14 days, you will be notified and given a new date, up to 30 days, by which a resolution or determination will be made. ***NOTE-If you exit TOP's Safe Housing Program please leave a forwarding email so we may continue the grievance process***

If for any reason you are unsatisfied with the results, you may contact TOP's Chief Executive Officer to further discuss the matter. The CEO will conduct a review of the matter and will respond to you electronically within 10 business days. The CEO's decision and recommendations will be final.

REPORTING AND PROCEDURE FORM

 *Please send the requested info from this policy through the websites email *The following requested information is to be completed if you wish to make or file a grievance or complaint. You may also ask someone else who is acting with your knowledge and consent to write or express the grievance. (You may file this report anonymously, without your name, however it may make it more difficult for TOP to address the matter.)

Date of Report *

Year Month Day Open popup calendar

Client Name: (Last, First) *

Client Address *

Client Phone *

Program or Location *

Grievance Statement

When did the event or incident happen?

Specific Date(s) *

Time(s) if known

List the name or names of all persons involved in the event or incident *

State the event or incident that prompted this complaint or grievance (Include all relevant details that will help in following up on this issue) *

Please send the requested info from this policy through the websites email *