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Homecoming Project

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews 1,387

Nonprofit Issues:

Mental Health, Human Services

Address:

PO Box 1190 Bel Air MD 21014 USA

Mission:

The mission of Homecoming Project is to provide the facility and staff to create and maintain a safe, supportive environment for women in a comprehensive, family oriented program of recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction. Homecoming Project is the only state-certified facility of its type in northeast Maryland that addresses the critical local need for transitional housing with addiction support services.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Our daughter had a long history of alcohol and drug abuse by the time she was accepted to Homecoming at 21. She had just received her second DWI, had dropped out of college, and could barely hold down a job. Her relationships suffered terribly, she was miserable and for all practical purposes was a broken young woman. Consequences from her poor choices were stacking up. She wanted to be clean but was struggling terribly. It was most heartbreaking for us to watch her decline and be completely powerless to help her.
After completing a second 30 day program in an excellent nearby MD rehab center she was blessed to have been accepted into Homecoming Project's program which would provide her with another year of intensive treatment. Our daughter spent the next 11 months as a resident, living at Homecoming learning how to live her life successfully sober.
It was not easy by any means. Homecoming is very clear on their expectations on the residents. It is a tough program that demands 100% commitment from the recovering addict. And it was exactly what she needed to turn her life around. The residents are responsible for obtaining a job, maintaining the cleanliness of the home, attending daily meetings are just a few to mention. They make restitution. She was provided classes on nutrition, first aid, water yoga and others. They taught her how to budget her money. She had group therapy and individual therapy weekly.
House approved volunteers along with staff members took her to meetings daily and when possible sometimes mass on Sundays. They learned how to "really" clean a home, mowed the lawn and sometimes they even mowed the neighbor’s lawn. They shoveled snow. She learned to be responsible and that she is part of something bigger than just herself. The residents not only grocery shop for the house on a budget, they alternately take turns making balanced meals for the ladies. If/when they fall short they were held accountable in a strict but caring environment. Most importantly, they were given the tools to succeed.
Homecoming has an amazing network of successful women in recovery who make it their mission to help other struggling woman who want to beat their disease of addiction and live a full live.
The transformation in our daughter has been nothing short of miraculous. Today, thank God and the many angels associated at Homecoming she is happy, thriving, living independently, working, and back in college. She remains tightly involved with all those that ran Homecoming. The ongoing support system for those that graduate Homecoming is excellent. Robin, the director, the staff and the volunteers involved with the house are angels on earth who commit their lives to giving back and helping others. Homecoming was the best thing to happen to our daughter. We will be eternally grateful to the program and the woman who run it. I honestly don't know of any other programs out there that are of the caliber that Homecoming provides. Excellent, excellent program and top notch caregivers. We are so grateful to them. They gave us our daughter back and she is a beautiful, smart, caring woman who I can't wait to see what God has in store for her future!!

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Homecoming project is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I went through this program 2014-2015 and it saved my life. I came in with no self respect no self worth herion addict and had absolutely nothing to offer. When my dad dropped me off on their front porch I was terrified. This was my fourth time trying to get clean and I was extremely hopeless.. I had lost all faith. Staying at this house for over a year was very hard. I wanted to leave multiple times and get high. I lied cheated and manipulated when I first got to homecoming. The best part about this house is they never give up on you. They called me out when I wasn't doing right and pushed me forward to get moving They provided me with love and care unconditionally that I have never experienced before with total strangers that I just met they provided me structure and taught me how to live as a sober woman in society and not like an animal. Today I have 15 months clean and sober and I owe my life to this organization. I am forever grateful for Robin and all the people that are affiliated with this house.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was given the opportunity to be a resident of this program for the end of 2014 & majority of 2015. What a blessing it has been. I didn't know how to live, I was completely broken and lost in the world. I had just gotten my second DUI & was battling other drug addictions for years prior. Now, 15 months later I am still clean & sober, living on my own, enrolled in college and working full time, supporting myself. I wouldn't be the woman I am today if I didn't have Homecoming in my life. I am forever thankful to them & everyone who helps support the house so it can continue to help other women just like me.

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a Homecoming Project Board Member, I've gotten the chance to see the inner-workings of this fantastic organization. Through my interactions in various communities, I've seen how similar programs are run, and The Homecoming Project is far better (and our success rate shows that). When the girls arrive at Homecoming, the rules and guidelines are thoroughly outlined, along with the zero-tolerance policy. They go through a rigorous interview and intake process in order to weed out those that are not dedicated to improving their lives. Unlike other programs, these girls are given every opportunity to succeed, from help securing employment, to housing assistance, to vehicle assistance, to family counseling, etc. This even includes continued counseling and support once they graduate, to ensure that they do not return to their old ways (which differs from most other programs).

The Homecoming Project takes a well-rounded approach to treatment for addiction, addressing all of the factors that led to their addiction in the first place. And the girls quickly learn that the must take responsibility for their actions, and that they will be held accountable, but that there are caring people out there that want to see them succeed. All of the volunteers and staff involved in the program fully embody this caring attitude while remaining steadfast in their resolve to adhere to the rigid structure.

I've been fortunate enough to participate in one of the weekly education nights, where guests come in from the community and talk about their experiences. In doing so, I learned that these talented young (and some not-so-young) women have come to Homecoming to make the change in their lives, and that they are dedicated to altering the negative path they had been on. Many have families that they left for the 9 month period, knowing that if they didn't do something drastic, then they would lose their families/children forever. We routinely refer to this as being pregnant with Homecoming. However, without The Homecoming Project, and its rigid structure, many would return to the seemingly endless cycle of addiction and attempts at treatment. Ultimately, I've learned that The Homecoming Project is not a treatment facility, but rather a real solution to getting one's life back on track.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase their funding so that more girls could benefit from this wonderful program -- I wish I had the funds personally, as I would do this in a heartbeat.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As board President, it's been my pleasure to serve and watch the growth of a struggling non-profit blossom into a successful, well respected organization. To be a part of the board development and see
the community support come to gather is heartfelt. I maintain my seat as President because I believe so
strongly in this organization.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I learned of the organization through a family friend and have been amazed by the help they have been able to provide to women dedicated to their recovery both throughout our community and reaching across the country. I have since had the beneift of several family members graduate the program and go on to be successful members of our community and family. The help the organization is able to provide is both necessary and beneficial to everyone it touches.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Continue to expand the reach of the organization and educate the public that has never heard of them as to what they do for people.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a volunteer, I see the residents on a weekly basis. They are learning and growing, acquiring new skills to help them cope. I believe in the program and the staff. And I believe in the girls- they are strong and only growing stronger.

I was lucky enough to attend the annual Christmas party and was moved by the outpouring of love from the community. I know the residents were deeply touched as well. It was incredible to witness! That support is so crucial moving forward...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

What do you say about a group of amazing women and an amazing program that gave my Daughter the tools to not only turn her life around, but gave her the confidenct to believe that she could and will accomplish anything she sets her mind to. God placed my Daughter at the right place at the right time and has turned her mess into a message to others, that they too can overcome any obstacle placed in thier way. There is a sparkle in my Daughters eye now and a I'm finally seeing the woman that I always knew was there, just screaming to come out. Thank You is not enough, I Love You Homecoming is not enough, God Bless You is only beginning to scratch the surface, I will Thank God each and everyday for Homecoming!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I began my journey at homecoming with only a little bit of willingness. The staff took that inkling of hope and helped me turn it into something great. I walked into Homecoming a broken woman, and after 9 months, graduated a strong, hopeful, and responsible member of society. Because of the program and staff at Homecoming I have gained personal belief in myself, integrity, and the ability to share my experience, strength, and hope with new residents in the program. I will never be able to repay Homecoming for the gift they have given me. Not only have they helped to save my life, they helped me shape a new life in recovery. I have dreams and goals today. I am now blessed enough to be a member of the staff at Homecoming and have the gift of being able to share the tools I have learned with new women coming into the program. This program does not only treat a person’s addiction, it treats the disease. The many components of this program offer a road to success for any person suffering from substance abuse and alcoholism. Homecoming has helped set me up on my path and given me the tools to stay on track. When you graduate Homecoming, the program is still there in the form of aftercare, staff support, and the alumni organization. This was a life changing experience, one that I will forever be grateful for.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing this in hopes of helping women who suffer from alcohol and/or substance abuse. I was a resident for 6 months in 2007. Today I credit my recovery to Homecoming Project. Without them I don't think I would have been able to recover and become a good mother, daughter, and friend. The staff at Homecoming are the best there is in showing women who suffer how to manage their new lives in recovery. I often think about all of the valuable lessons and education that I recieved from this truely remarkable program. They helped me find my character defects and gave me tools to cope with problems. They cared about ME and gave 100% of their time and resources to provide their residents with the best possible education and relapse prevention and all around life skills. I had lost custody of my two young children and today I have custody of them which I had to earn back through good living. I was 38 years old and I didn't know how to function as a mother or even as a human. Homecoming gave me all of those abilities and more. I learned how to be a productive member in society and I am very grateful for the experience I have from the help Homecoming Project has available. If you want to get better this is the place to go. I am currently working full time, I just got my 1st house which I am so grateful for. I am back in college finishing up my degree, I dropped out of college 25 years ago and because of the foundation in recovery I have recieved I am back and getting excellent grades! Please contact Homecoming Project if you need help!!! You will not regret it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. I am happy, joyous, and free now.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Wouldn't changea thing!!!

 
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