Alpha Project: Casa Raphael was founded in 1986 as a community project aiming to provide employment for the homeless in Vista, California. Over time it has grown into a large state-funded agency providing numerous programs and services to San Diego County, including a residential substance abuse treatment program for homeless or formerly incarcerated men called Casa Raphael.
Using a three-step recovery process, clients recover using a combination of educational workshops, developing employment skills and transition into independent members of the community with gainful employment, ready to take on financial responsibility.
Food and Accommodations
Casa Raphael clients are accommodated in a dormitory-style facility in double-occupancy bedrooms. Men share communal bathrooms, a recreation room with a cable TV, a large kitchen, a dining hall and plenty of outdoor space. Clients receive three meals a day that usually consists of standard American-fare like soup, pasta dishes and a meat entrée.
Treatment and Staff
Treatment follows a unique three-phase program over a period of nine to 12 months. The first step of the program typically lasts three months and focuses on general recovery. Clients attend daily educational workshops, group therapy sessions and weekly individual therapy sessions. Additionally, men are encouraged to journal their daily progress. Dental and basic health care as well as assistance with any legal or financial issues are also included in this phase.
The second step of the program focuses on employment counseling and job training in one of four areas: Casa property crew, general maintenance crew, graffiti cleanup or “Takes Back the Streets”—a service crew which provides community service tasks like homeless and gang outreach, assisting low-income seniors, security and debris cleanup.
The last step requires the men to transition out of the program and into the workforce as self-sufficient individuals. Clients are still attending recovery sessions, but also seeking employment and saving their funds. Once they have accumulated $1,500 and obtained a job, they are considered ready to graduate the program.
In addition to Casa Raphael, APCB also offers a variety of housing programs including permanent supportive housing, transitional housing, rapid re-housing and an interim housing program. Outreach services for the homeless community are also available.
APCB’s residential program is a no-nonsense recovery program offering an opportunity for a second chance to men who were previously indigent or incarcerated. This three-tier treatment focuses on giving clients their best possible chance to obtain a job as a sober and healthy individual. Upon exiting the program clients should have the skills and finances to successfully live independently and maintain sobriety for the long haul.
Alpha Project: Casa Raphael
975 Postal Way
Vista, CA 92083
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