My name is Jessica Amenta, I am an alcoholic and an addict. I have been battling this disease for the past 11 years. The longest time I have had sober was 14 months back in 2010, while I was in Coram Deo for the first time. The staff was so welcoming and friendly. It was the first time I have truly fit in. I felt like I finally belonged somewhere. All of the staff, especially Jody and Theresa, treated me with respect, didn't judge me, and were always there to help me. They gave us transportation to meetings, church, the food pantry, and to appointments. I spent Christmas there and they threw an amazing Christmas party for us. I ended up relapsing but only after I left Coram Deo when I should have stayed. Now it is November 2016 and I have returned to Coram Deo. I have 114 days sober and hope to be sober for the rest of my life. Jody welcomed me back with open arms. She texts me everyday to see how I am doing and if I need anything. She is also my Case Manager and motivates me to achieve my goals. I would recommend Coram Deo to family, friends, and anyone else that needs a sober and safe place to live. The houses are nice and so are the girls who live here. Coram Deo put a roof over my head and saved my life. I am forever grateful to this organization.
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I have just completed a long term residential treatment program and have arrived at Coram Deo. I have been at Coram Deo twice before and had significant clean time as a result. The reason i return is because it is a safe sober place to be. The staff genuinely care about me and how I am doing. Even when I am not here they contact me regularly to check on me and stay in touch.
I am a recovering alcoholic and have been in and out of programs and detoxes for the past 20 years. I currently have 1 year clean and sober and it is the longest I have ever been clean from drugs and alcohol. I have a strong belief in God and feel confident that I can stay strong with the help of Coram Deo. I am very impressed with the program and am very glad I chose to come back here. I really recommend this program to any woman who needs help with recovery and getting on their feet. The basic needs that they offer and other programs like food share and faith base meetings I think will be very helpful to me. I am very excited to be here and am confident that with the help of Coram Deo I can stay sober and learn how to live life in recovery.
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My name is Jody Davis, and I am the founder and the Executive Director of this organization. It can be difficult for me to read the negative reviews - but I do understand that each person has a perspective on things and I also understand that we are not a perfect organization - that yes, we have made mistakes, and we have learned from them.
The first thing I want to say is that our doors are always open. Anyone is more than welcome to come and see first hand the work that we do. We try to operate out of as much transparency as we can. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org - feel free to contact me.
I also wanted to address a few of the things mentioned in some of the reviews. The siding on one of our homes was damaged when a client started a fire by throwing a hot ashtray into a cardboard box. The insurance claim did not cover all of the damage - and, they would only cover re-siding one side of the home. Because I insist on excellence within our homes and programming, I searched diligently for money to not only re-side the entire home, but to install new windows as well.
2 months ago we were granted money from the City for this project and have been taking the appropriate steps to see this become a reality. I believe we will have this sided with new windows in the next 4-6 weeks!
The reviewer also contends that multiple complaints were submitted regarding broken appliances or leaks in faucets. While this may be accurate, what it doesn't reflect is the nature of the complaint or how long it took to resolve the issue at hand. All complaints are assessed for priority - is it an emergency - does it need to be handled immediately, or, if the faucet leaks another few days - will everyone still be okay? Many people do not understand that not every complaint needs to be addressed within the first 2 hours of being submitted.
We currently have 2 Case Managers on Staff - their information is on our website. While someone might not be happy with their case manager - that does not mean we don't provide this service. In addition - we have staff on call with an emergency number, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Do we monitor everyone's coming and going? No. Do we provide punitive punishment for those that choose not to be serious about their recovery? No. Do we ask someone to leave due to missing meetings? No.
What we do, however, is provide a platform for good choices in recovery. We counsel women on what works and what doesn't based on our collective experiences - 4 of my 5 staff, myself included have their own history of addiction and recovery. 3 out of 4 of my staff are former residents themselves and can testify to what it means to have been a part of Coram Deo.
At Coram Deo our hope is that you would learn to make good decisions. We provide transportation to many meetings, but we don't force you to go - you have to pick up the phone and call for a ride and walk out to the van when it arrives. Sadly, that is not enough for some people. Some still choose to stay home and do nothing.
Lastly, let me clarify our fees - which will also soon be posted on our website: First of all, no one has paid $150 to come back in after a relapse in over 2 years. That was a previous policy of ours that we have not enforced for some time, due to many reasons. We have three distinct fees: We require a Security / Sober Deposit of $400. This is refundable provided you do not relapse, provided you give us 30 days notice and provided you leave your room in basically the same condition it was when you arrived. In addition to this we charge a weekly service fee: Single Room - $150.00, Double Room $140.00. This includes all utilities and cable. We are soon going to be charging additionally for wifi. Lastly, at two of our homes we provide community house supplies - and everyone contributes $20 monthly for toilet paper, paper towels, sponges and cleaning supplies. We have found that this creates a more peaceful environment where no one argues over whose toilet paper it is and you don't run out.
So, with all of that, I will say this: At 10 years old, we are the largest and leading provider of Transitional Sober Housing for Women in the State of CT. We have been contracted with the state for the past 9 years. We have an annual audit of our files, and a review of our financials. (Our financials are available online) I gave us 4 stars, because there are definitely areas we can work on and do better at.
We recently instituted a Resident Assistant Position to better serve the women coming in and to host weekly house meetings. House meetings have been something that has been difficult to manage over the years, but we keep trying new ways to make it work.
We are always happy to take suggestions and we are always looking for ways to improve. We do what we do because we love women and we want to provide a safe, structured, sober environment upon which they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Thanks for taking the time to read this, and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Jody M. Davis
Review from Guidestar
My name is Elizabeth W. and I was a resident of Coram Deo for approx two years. I have been clean now for 3.5 years and I owe a lot of my success to Coram Deo. The owner, Jodi Davis, has been very supportive of all my accomplishments, as she is with all the other women as well. She is an inspiration to me with all the love she gives to these women. She put a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, food from the pantry every week, and even been there for my counseling needs and helped me get my priorities straight. I would have never made it this far if it wasn't for her and her organization helping me get on my feet. Because i stayed there for two years, I was able to save some money and move out into my own apartment which I now reside in today. She also allowed me to have a dog at the step up house and he is my whole world. He took me out of my depression and gave me purpose. I am now in school and I'm on my way to giving back to women in the same fashion that she does. I HIGHLY recommend Coram Deo to any woman who is looking to be saved from the hell of addiction and needs support in accomplishing goals and making a better life for herself. I could go on and on with the things this organization has done for me, but no words will ever do any justice to just how much this place and this woman has helped me create this successful life I have today. I owe my Li to Coram Deo. If you're looking for a sober house....start here with Coram Deo!!!!
I wish that I was able to give this place a zero star review. The organization is completely fake, with only one thing on its mind: How can they financially benefit the most from clients suffering from addiction. Jody D, the CEO rarely shows her face, and when she does it is to allow a client with a dirty urine back into the house after their family has shelled out enough cash. She is feared by most clients. Multiple complaints were submitted regarding broken appliances or leaks or the fact that one of the houses is MISSING SIDING because of a FIRE, and she does nothing. She has said out loud before that she has had millions of dollars pass through her hands, but she can't keep up with general house maintenance? There is NO case manager services being offered, They had one case manager who was awesome, but she left. Now clients run free, they couldnt care if you attend any programming or meets.
If you are looking for a place to sleep at night, and go out and use during the day with no repercussions, this is the place for you! If you are trying to be serious about your recovery, and want to see a life worth living outside of substance abuse, DO NOT GO HERE. I wish I could save every woman who calls for a bed at this hell-hole.
This is not what it appears. This is supposed to be a recovery program. If you relapse pay one hundred fifty dollars and you can home back! The furniture and most of items are donated. Brand new items are never issued. When something breaks it is not fixed.
This is used as christian based in order to avoid taxes and the owner is down right greedy. The clients are asked to pay $600.00 a month and if you want ac thats another thirty dollars. Common areas do not have ac and cable in your room add another thirty.
Imagine cooking in the summer to save money you would be miserable. Anyone who has stayed at Coram Deo knows that the owner and staff wil have air conditioning in the office for comfort as well as apperances for donors. I am sure they will have ac at home too! This is all a smoking mirror and the truth needs to be told. I highly suspect that positive feedback is put there by friends and staff. Not clients who have actually lived there. Try working on early recovery when you are miserable from the heat. New prospective clients beware there are no house meeting and they could care less if you attend N/A, A/ A meetings.
They are in it for the mony and the money only. Do not be deceived. Treatment providers find out before you send clients there. Basic needs have clients do survey so the truth comes out.
I have been a volunteer, a donor and also serve on the board of Coram Deo. I have never personally ever had an addiction problem, but have seen a close family member struggle for years with alcohol and drugs. I believe strongly, that in order for people, especially women, to recover from the effects of addiction and the wake of consequences it leaves behind, they need to be around and supported by people who have understand addiction, and have walked in their shoes. Jody Davis, the Executive Director of Coram Deo has, and is the visionary behind starting this organization. It is the only sober living option available for women in Connecticut, and although some people might not agree with clients having to pay for rent, it is a strong reason why Coram Deo is successful and can maintain it's services. It's accountability. The women in the program are actively contributing financially to their own success and recovery.
Many of us have seen or experienced the effects of addiction. These are our sisters, daughters, nieces, aunts, mothers, and even wives. We ALL know someone, and we need to be honest, we are all a blink of an eye, one bad decision by a loved one away from being hit directly.
I truly believe Coram Deo is positioned to transform the way we care for women in recovery here in Connecticut. I believe in the mission, and I believe in the women we are helping.
Every day, Coram Deo rolls up its sleeves and digs in to a community need, serving women who are actively working toward recovery, and giving them the tools they need to foster healthy, productive lives. As a consultant to the organization I’m fortunate to be up close and personal with the day to day work Coram Deo undertakes. In addition to serving in a professional administrative capacity for a cause that has tremendous value, I get to interact with the women we serve. I see the benefits of what Coram Deo gives to its clients – a sense of feeling cared for, trusted, respected and challenged, the space to heal, find one’s voice, learn, and be supported through the struggle of recovery. Coram Deo holds space in the best possible way for women to transform their lives.
Review from Guidestar
I have been supported Coram Deo for 9 years and I am most impressed with the relational approach to recovery and support that they maintain. Our rental property has been blessed to have housed many women from Coram Deo. It has been a privledge to witness lives being transformed and families restored as Coram Deo walks out recovery with the women in their care.
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I've been involved with Coram Deo for 8 years now and have seen them grow from one house where my daughter was one of the first to stay to where they are today. Sarah's house will always hold a special place in my heart. They are sincere and compassionate people with one thing in mind - to help those with addictions to find recovery and support the family and friends who are involved with the illness as well. It is an organization well worth supporting.
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