Substance use recovery housing specifically designed for young women in recovery

Madison, WI, February 17, 2017– The Aaron Meyer Foundation is pleased to announce the re-opening of Grace House with a new, gender specific program designed to embrace and support young women in substance use recovery. “When we opened Grace House in 2015, we modeled it after Aaron’s House, which had been operating successfully for a decade,” says Susan Pierce Jacobsen, president of the Aaron J. Meyer (AJM) Foundation. “We learned in that first year supporting young women in recovery was quite different than young men.”
So the Foundation regrouped and began collaborating with consultant Erin Helms of the Woodrow Project in Ohio to design and roll out an improved, female- specific residential program. The Woodrow Project owns and operates recovery houses to provide a safe, stable and supportive environment to women in recovery. Helms is an addiction therapist and graduate of Hazelden’s Addiction Studies program. Erin will stay involved with Grace House as the Director of Resident Services.

“Generous grants from the Hovde Foundation of Madison, WI and the Green Bay Packers Foundation allowed us to redesign and reintroduce our program to successfully assist young women in recovery,” says Susan Pierce Jacobsen, board president of the AJM Foundation.

Grace House reopened in January with an in-house mentor to oversee life at Grace House; and the first residents moved in shortly after. House mentor Alicia Buskirk has worked as a direct care staff member in a substance abuse treatment program. She has experience working with an interdisciplinary team of therapists, probation officers and families, and will be living with the residents to support, yet hold them accountable in their recovery.

Grace House has five bedrooms and is equipped to support young women in recovery who would like to pursue post high school education. As a recovery residence, the model is a social, not medical model for recovery living. This is different from a traditional transitional or halfway house. Women accepted to live at Grace House pay an occupancy fee, and have access to the House Mentor and Clinical Director. Women age 18-26 can apply online to live in Grace House at ajmfoundation.org.

Aaron’s House and Grace House are substance use recovery housing options for 18-26 year old men and women who are ready for higher education, meaningful employment, improving relationships, and healthy living. Both homes are one block from the shores of Lake Mendota, near downtown Madison, Wisconsin, close to Madison College, UW Madison, Edgewood College.

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If you would like more information about Grace House or Aaron’s House, please contact Erin Helms, Director of Resident Services, 440-527-3624 or Susan Pierce Jacobsen, AJM board president, 608-512-2668.