The Catholic Charities Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania operates two sober living homes for women: Willow Way in Harrisburg and Crescent Place in nearby Lancaster. Located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg is the capital city of Pennsylvania. Thanks to several government agencies and manufacturing companies, the surrounding area of central Pennsylvania is prosperous—but nearly a quarter of the city’s residents live below the poverty line. In an effort to offer relief to the low-socioeconomic community, CCDH provides many services in Harrisburg— including adoption services, emergency shelter, mental health services and a women’s residential substance abuse treatment facility, Evergreen House.
Many women who complete primary treatment at Evergreen House who are looking for sober support to transition back into independence step down to Willow Way and Crescent Place. The homes also accept those who have completed primary treatment elsewhere.
Accommodations and Amenities
Nestled on leafy suburban streets, both homes accommodate up to eight women in three double- or triple-occupancy bedrooms. Each room has an en-suite bathroom. There are fully equipped kitchens with microwaves (only the Lancaster house has a dishwasher). The facility provides kitchen staples such as flour and sugar and cleaning supplies and dishes. Women shop for their own food and prepare their own meals. As for housekeeping, staff provides a chore schedule that rotates every two weeks.
Rules and Regulations
Residents must observe quiet time in the common areas after 10 pm and return home by curfew—which for the first 30 days is 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and 12 am on Fridays and Saturdays. After the initial month, residents may extend their weeknight curfew to 12 am on and 1 am on weekends. Another privilege residents can earn after their first successful month is an overnight weekend-pass. Residents must apply for the passes and a case manager makes calls to visitors to ensure the trip will support their recovery.
Residents must demonstrate a commitment to maintaining sobriety in order to enter the homes and they are required to obtain a job and a 12-step sponsor within their first 30 days. Residents are also required to attend several AA/NA meetings each week; initially they must attend five per week then they may reduce attendance to three meetings per week after thirty days. Both homes provide transportation to two meetings per week and residents are responsible for finding their way to others—though several are within walking distance and both homes have easy access to public transportation.
On Mondays and Wednesdays the homes provide $1 education classes for residents on relapse prevention and the spiritual components of recovery. While there are no therapeutic services in the homes, PA Counseling is a nearby mental health clinic that provides options for group and individual sessions as well as support for co-occurring disorders.
Crescent Place and Willow Way are sober living environments that are ideal for women who have completed treatment through Catholic Charities Diocese of Harrisburg. These facilities provide safe and nurturing atmospheres in which residents can build the foundations of recovery in neighboring towns Harrisburg and Lancaster. With the facilities’ 12-step meeting requirements and easy to access off-site meetings, clients can be assured that they’ll build a strong social network of like-minded fellows to support their long-term sobriety.
Willow Way Sober Living
120 Willow Rd
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Crescent Place Sober Living
1509 Crescent Ave
Lancaster, PA 17601
Catholic Charities Diocese of Harrisburg Sober Living Cost: $420 (30 days). Reach Catholic Charities Diocese of Harrisburg Sober Living by phone at (717) 412-4594 and by email at [email protected].
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