The Healing Place is both a homeless shelter and a long-term recovery program. Every day, we provide food, clothing, and shelter at no cost to men and women in our community, while offering access to our unique recovery program for a long-term solution.
The Overnight Shelter provides meals and a safe place for homeless men and women. It is designed with few barriers and rules in order to allow as many overnight guests as possible. Both men's and women's overnight shelters are "wet," i.e. a man or woman may spend the night while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
Emphasis is placed on role modeling positive change for the overnight guests to demonstrate that people can change their lives and get off the streets.
The primary purpose of Detox is to detoxify and stabilize the individual from drugs and/or alcohol.
The secondary function of Detox is to prepare him or her to participate in the Recovery Program and to a life in recovery. Here they begin to identify a common problem and a common solution.
During their stay, we supply clients with food, shelter and clothing; familiarize them with the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous; talk to them about withdrawal; and orient them to The Healing Place’s unique program.
Off the Streets
Off the Street (OTS) is the motivational phase of the recovery program of The Healing Place. Once in the long-term residential program, clients work with peers in similar circumstances to motivate one another to adopt social skills and to learn core principles central to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs.
Our OTS program is where clients come to understand physical Day classes are held off campus at the Healing Centers at 4th and St. Catherine as well as 2nd and York Street. These classes are where clients begin accepting their self-centered-disease problem and its spiritual solution. Our clients also learn the basics of responsibility and move away from a "street" mentality. Along the way, they make a commitment to the solution.
The Recovery Stage
The Recovery Stage is where clients learn how to apply the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in their lives with the program curriculum. This curriculum consists of classes and written assignments. All clients are assisted through the process by Peer Mentors, which are men and women who have completed the program.
The first part of this stage stresses personal accountability - being on time for classes and meetings, completing job assignments, etc. – and encourages clients to look at their own behavior. This is facilitated at the community meeting.
The second part focuses on interpersonal skills, stressing concern and accountability for others in the program. This is achieved through role modeling, holding one's peers accountable for their actions, and by giving support to others.
Peer Mentors are men and women who have completed the program.
They volunteer to serve as leaders and role models for those who are newer in the program. Peer mentors teach classes, monitor assignments, coordinate job assignments and work one-on-one with people who are moving through the recovery process. Peer mentors demonstrate The Healing Place philosophy that the best solution is one alcoholic/addict reaching back to help another along the journey to recovery.