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INDIAN RIVER COUNTY -- Thanks to funding from the Indian River Community Foundation Unrestricted Fund and the Walter and Lalita Janke Charitable Foundation, the Substance Awareness Center purchased a second home to expand their Transitional Living Program for women in early recovery from drugs and alcohol.
The program primarily serves women of little or no income, most frequently referred by the judicial system or the county jail re-entry program.
The Transitional Living Program does more than just provide a house to live in; it helps residents develop the tools necessary to live in recovery. In addition to providing stable living arrangements, the program includes counseling, social support, responsibility and accountability, structure and recovery integration. There is magic in learning interpersonal relationship skills only experienced in a "family" structured like environment.
The program provides a safe stress-free environment for this education, without which individuals are more likely to relapse.
Since the gift of the first house in 2011 from the Walter and Lalita Janke Charitable Foundation, 66 percent of the women completing the program remain sober, far exceeding the national average of 10 percent without the support of transitional living. Women are reunited with their children and families while maintain sobriety and find employment, which is the goal of the program. Our contact with the women remains intact beyond their stay in "The Home" through ongoing counseling and supportive services.
The Substance Awareness Center is grateful to both Indian River Community Foundation and the Walter and Lalita Janke Charitable Foundation for their portion of the funding of the new home. Additional funds are needed to support the services of the program.
Interested donors can contact the Substance Awareness Center at (772) 770-4811.