Adele House is a men’s only transitional housing program located in the New South Wales, Australia. It serves those who have struggled with addiction in addition to dealing with homelessness or being in danger of becoming homeless. The program offers a number of services including an introduction to 12-step, and a series of life skills and workplace training.
Accommodations and Amenities
There are three residences that coincide with each stage of the program. They are Coffs Harbour, Bucca and Werrington. The facilities are home-like with dorm style bedrooms that can accommodate up to 60 men. The homes have living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and outdoor spaces. Bucca and Werrington also have vocational training facilities on working farms. In the first phase, clients are permitted to watch TV, however there are several rules around the content, volume and duration.
Breakfast and lunch are up to the client to make for themselves, but the staff prepares and serves dinner every night. By the second and third phase, they encourage clients to work and buy their own food. In the first phase, they provide everything.
Rules and Regulations
As previously mentioned, the entire program is broken down into three phases. Clients usually stay in treatment for nine months to a year, depending on their needs.
The first phase of treatment is at Coffs Harbour. Clients have limited privileges and freedoms, as they are acclimating to the program and getting used to the rules. They are not allowed to have their cell phones or really leave the facility unless they have express permission from staff.
After this initial stage residents can move into Bucca, which is strictly a phase two house. It has a hands-on training program on the working farm. Clients learn horticultural and agricultural skills, in addition to landscaping and farming.
The Werrington facility can house all stages of the program. It can specifically provide stage three clients with finding permanent housing and securing employment.
During the first phase clients have to go to AA and NA meetings every single day and get a sponsor. The second stages require clients attend five times a week, unless they are unemployed, then they have to continue going every day.
Residents can expect anger management and relapse prevention workshops and classes. They also learn life skills like budgeting, meal planning and cooking. Adele House also aims to help clients improve their social skills. If necessary, the staff can help connect clients to an outpatient program to attend during their stay.
The staff at Adele House includes case workers, house directors and managers. They all boast extensive training working with addiction issues, trauma, grief and loss.
Physical fitness is an essential part of the program at Adele House. There are on-site gyms at each location. The staff encourages clients to exercise every day.
The Adele House is a non-profit venture that helps adult men find a life balance that might have been disrupted by addiction. The facilities are clean and private. Residents learn a bevy of valuable life skills at every stage of their stay. Adele House is a good first step for those who were at risk of losing their livelihoods due to substance abuse.
Adele House (mailing address)
PO Box 28
Moonee Beach NSW 2450
Adele House Cost: Call for details; takes Centrelink. Reach Adele House by phone at 02 9677 7999.
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