Homecoming Project

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 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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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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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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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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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I was not the actual client of Homecoming, but my daughter was. She came into the program after doing rehab in Virginia, and living in Florida for a little over a year. The difference at Homecoming was evident, and my daughter flourished there. She found the help and counseling there that moved her to where she is today. She also gained friends there that she still has and who also flourished when they were there. Homecoming does not "coddle" the girls, but it also does not put up with any nonsense. It is the perfect blend of love and guidance, with a smidge of tough love thrown in there. I would HIGHLY recommend Homecoming to anyone, young or old, who is trying to stop the world of using drugs and alcohol, and to become an integrate member of society.

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

I personally saw the results in my own child from being there. She changed after being there, and in a most positive way. She had been in other places and it was not the same. Homecoming is just that...a place for girls who need help to come home.

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

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2 people found this review helpful

Not only am I an employee of Homecoming Project but I am graduate of the program as well. I cannot tell you of the gratitude that I have for such an awesome place. They were there for me when I was not capable of helping or loving myself. It has been instilled in me to give back to the women as it was given to me. Thank you Homecoming. Lisa Bryson

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

my own life. With 4/12 years clean & sober, I believe I am finally living what some would consider a dream life. Homecoming has afforded me the opportunity to regain my family, career and integrity.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I work with the Director of this organization and she puts much time and effort into Homecoming. This organization has helped many women overcome drug and alchohol abuse and has helped many women start their new life. This organization will start them off with a job, a home, a checking account, everything they need to gain independence and a new start to a new life. The director has done a fantastic job in maintaining the residence and the organization going.

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

Going on a tour throughout the facility and seeing the amount of women who have been able to go out on their own and are able to get their own house and job.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Being able to see the start to finish for these women, and to see the outcome for the women and the satisfacation they get when they finish the programk.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

So kind hearted and totally put their hearts into the organization. They apply themselves to the program and to the women.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

do so much with that money. Housing, could be a big one, it could help the organization with getting another facility, which it needs, because I feel that Homecoming is becoming quite big, because it is such a great organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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