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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Human Services, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: To provide the facilities and staff necessary to develop, establish, and maintain a safe, supportive environment for women, in a comprehensive family-centered program of recovery from alcoholism and/or drug addiction.

Programs: The homecoming project seeks to provide a healing environment to strengthen and empower women recovering from chemical dependency for their return as fully functioning members of society. This is done through a 9+ month program offering transitional housing, counseling, and life training. Homecoming project is able to accommodate 8 clients. The homecoming project seeks to further assist their clients after leaving the in-house program by monitoring their continued success and providing support as needed. Homecoming project continues to work with the tenant based rental assistance program to help clients find housing after leaving the in-house program. The alumni program encourages graduates of the program to return and assist new program participants in their journey. The homecoming project seeks to help the community by helping individuals that may otherwise be incarcerated and by providing housing for their children that may otherwise be placed in the social service program. They also assist the community by teaching clients to be responsible employees and members of society. They further assist the community by providing a place for individuals charged with community service obligations to fulfill such obligations.

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

Molly22

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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...

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Review from Guidestar

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

It’s been almost 4 years since I was dropped off in front of Homecoming Project in tears, completely hopeless. I had absolutely no desire to live in a halfway house but I had nowhere else to turn. Who would have thought that it would end up being the most positive life changing experience I’ve ever had. Homecoming taught me how to live life sober no matter how hard it gets. I have definitely struggled along the way but I can say that I am a completely different person. Even without drugs and alcohol something else needs to change. Homecoming is where I learned the tools to find happiness on the inside. I grew up in that house and will forever look at life in a different way. Most importantly even 3 years later the director of Homecoming has never given up and continues to help me stay on the right path! Thank God for that place, it has saved a lot of lives.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to Homecoming in April of 2004.I could not believe my eyes when i pulled up to the place! Two houses on cinder blocks in the middle of no where, and i was suppose to get my life togethor here. Frankly I was a bit hesitant,I did not see how that was going to happen!! When i walked in i seen 10 other women, two to a room, and one bathroom for us all to share! I seen more trouble then help! As I began to talk to the staff and become a part of the house with my own duties and responsibilities there, I finally, for the first time in my life felt like I belonged some where! They taught me to respect myself , they gave me courage and hope and they taught me what inner strength was really about!They helped me to trust myself and other people again, they made life seem worth living. Finally, i seen a light and a beginning to a whole new life for myself! I was a resident for 7 months before graduating the program. I was given the oppurtunity to work as an employee and give back to the new girls what was so freely given to me. They had faith and trust in me, I was given the responsibility of office manager. They even let me handle money!!! I was sure it was a set up!(ha,ha) They trusted me and made me feel like a real human being for the first time in my life!! Today , 7 years later, I am married to a wonderful man of 2 yrs., I have a relationship with my daughter, i am actually being her mom and participating in her life. I have two wonderful grandsons and a grand-daughter on the way whose lives I can actually be a part of! I have a wonderful 15 year old step-daughter who looks up to me and tries to mimmick her life to be like mine, she respects me! Who would have thought! I am so grateful to Homecoming. The staff is great ! Robin and Jerry taught me more about recovery , trust,love, and how to just show up than any life experience I think I could have had or will have. Without homecoming i wouldn't be where i am today or who I am today!! Thank you to Homecoming and all the staff and board members who continue to offer constructive criticism,routine and guidance to myself and future homecoming residents!! May God Bless You All!!

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I walked into the doors of Homecoming on Feb 8th, 2006. I’ll be honest, I didn’t think that place was for me but I didn’t really have a whole lot of options. There I was in the middle of some hick town in a house on cinder blocks with ten other women and one bathroom. Any girl’s dream! Something happened to me. I almost felt relieved that I finally had rules. Someone was finally telling me what to do. I had no idea how to live let alone live sober. I’m fortunate that I had a support network right in the house. In July of 2006, Homecoming was able to move into a larger home in Bel Air. I was so excited to be a part of the transition from one house to another.I feel privliged also because I would consider myself one of the guinea pigs who helped shape their current program. It has come so far in the last three years and I'm so proud to say that I came from Homecoming. Homecoming introduced me to AA. They helped me learn how to put myself on a healthy routine. They provided a safe place for me to get back on my feet again. I spent nine months in that house. I couldn’t wait to get out of there! Now I wish I could be back there because life is not as simple anymore. I’ve been out of the house since September of 2006. I’ve been sober for 4 years and 4 months.I have the same job that I had when I was in the house. I went from being a counter person to being the salon manager.I live in a home with my boyfriend of three years in Abingdon. The most ironic part is that I live next door to where the old Homecoming houses were. Everyday I look out over my deck and see the empty lot where my life began. I sponsor women in the program and I have a home group. I pay my bills on my own. I’m in school part time at Harford Community. I have health insurance through my work. I have a savings account with money in it. I show up for people in my life today. I’m happy. I’m healthy. I’m honest, most of the time! I love myself today. I’m positive that none of this would have been possible without AA, God and the staff at Homecoming. Their program is wonderful. There is nothing I would change one bit.