Frequently Asked Questions

When can I come to Betel?

Betel receives new residents at any time as long as we have the space available.

Do I have to be a Christian to come to Betel?

No. It is not a requirement for you to be a Christian to come to Betel. We welcome residents from all backgrounds and faiths. However, as we operate on a Christian ethos, attendance at daily Christian services is a required part of the community life.

Do I need to detox before coming into Betel?

No. It’s not a requirement to detox beforehand.

How long do I have to stay?

The recommendation is 12 – 18 months.

How much do I pay?

You pay nothing! Betel is completely free!

How are you funded?/Where does the money go?

We are funded by generous donations and through our own non-profit businesses. We don’t receive any government funding and all staff are voluntary. All of the money received goes back into the charity to pay for the living costs of all residents.

Are you a registered charity?

Yes. Our charity number is 1081462.

Can I smoke?

No. Abstaining from all forms of addictive substances is essential.

Can I take methadone?

No. If you wish to take methadone to aid your recovery you would need to do so before coming to Betel. We do not allow any drugs on site.

Can I bring my mobile phone/tablet/games console?

There would not be any access to mobile phones nor tablets, but you can bring MP3 players which are monitored for content. Some of the residences have games consoles already.

Can I bring my children with me?

We do not generally have facilities to care for children. But each case is managed on an individual basis, so for further clarification on personal matters  and extenuating circumstances please call the office.

Can my family visit when they want?

Family visits are encouraged. After the initial two weeks, family can visit once a month on weekends. The specifics of time and date needs to be decided with the house leader once you are in the community.

Last updated: January 2016

Disclaimer: The information provided in the FAQs were accurate at the time of posting – please always check information first by contact the Betel UK Headquarters on: 01564 822 356