Friendship House operates 11 houses for men and women, with or without children, who are employed, furthering their education, or involved in a daily Aftercare Program. Our transitional housing program is designed to support men and women who are serious about making changes in their lives. Many men and women come to us directly from drug/alcohol rehabilitation programs, prison, as well as from domestic violence shelters. The program operates in four stages and offers residents up to one year of transitional housing and programming.
Stage 1: An entry-level, dormitory-style housing program where employed residents participate in daily case management and demonstrate their commitment to a strategic recovery program. Upon successfully completing a residential recovery program, employable residents are given four to six weeks of shelter and case management while they find their first job and demonstrate their willingness and desire for a long-term recovery program. Residents who follow the rules, work on their issues and find employment may graduate to Stage Two of the program.
Stage 2: A subsidized half-way house where graduates of the Stage One program may continue to live in community and work their recovery program with ongoing staff supervision and case management.
Stage 3: A house where graduates of Stage Two may continue their recovery and provide peer support to residents of the earlier stages.
Stage 4: A house where outstanding Stage Three Graduates may continue to live in community and focus on their program goals at an additional six months.
We also have an aftercare program whereby housing graduates can continue their case management with the Friendship House staff and provide communal support and peer ministry to men and women still in the residential stages of the program