Mission: To provide housing for people with substance abuse problems and/or other conditions that result in homelessness, and to provide a safe and accepting environment where they can learn to live sober and with respect for themselves and others.
Programs: We provided housing for 17 people, ranging in age from 28 to 79. And four were over 60. Eleven had disagnosed mental disorders and/or developmental disabilities; twelve were receiving ssi; ten were admitted addicts, and nine had prison records. Four of the residents died during the year: two of them died shortly after leaving the recovery home (one from an overdose of prescription medications, one from natural causes), and two died while living in the recovery home: both died from long-term prescription abuse and illegal drug abuse. However, they died among friends and they were not alone. Both had been ostracized by their families who wanted nothing to do with them before or after they died. One man was on parole for murder after spending 27 years in prison and his family would not take him. The majority of the residents are not capable of living independently for various reasons: only one person had a proven track record of living independently, and she was in the recovery home only because she was not able to afford an apartment at the time she was admitted. She subsequently obtained her own apartment, where she died from natural causes at the age of 79. Most of the people we house have burned their bridges with family and friends and they have no place to go. Some no longer receive mental health care due to the cut backs and are not able to live alone but are able to function in a group setting: however, other group homes have turned them away because of the severity of their problems. Our hope is that the people who live in our recovery homes gain self-sufficiency and self-respect, and that they proceed in their lives with dignity. Our goal is to house people with addictions and other socieeconomic/mental/personality problems who are in need.