As a part of the substance abuse treatment organization Dawn Farm, Chapin Street Project offers transitional housing for over 140 men and women in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. Though it was originally a crack house, the location on Chapin Street has been appropriately transformed into a transitional home for those in recovery. The organization has since more or less taken over the street, having added several houses and small apartment complexes to its roster of locations. These communities value sobriety and responsibility, using the 12 steps as the guiding principles for residents.
Accommodations and Amenities
Because the facility is near downtown, clients have the convenience of being near plenty of bustling activity. Chapin Street Project operates 12 sites, with six houses and six apartment complexes. Altogether there are over 140 beds, and typically a four to eight-week waiting list for anyone who wants to get in. The properties offer all the amenities that a home would—comfortable living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms and a place to do laundry. Bedrooms and bathrooms are shared to promote bonding between residents.
When it comes to meals, all clients are expected to cook for themselves. A big part of the program focuses on independent living, though support is always available from the staff as well. From picking out grocery store items to financial budgeting, residents have help when necessary. For those who aren’t strong in the kitchen, meals can be prepared as a group.
Rules and Regulations
In order to be considered for admission, clients must fill out an application and then work with an intake coordinator to be added to the waiting list. During the waiting period, potential residents are welcome to attend a free weekly information group on Tuesdays from noon to 1 pm at Dawn Farm’s Spera Recovery Center. Upon arrival to the homes, clients must have completed detox. Any drugs such an benzos, opiates or medical marijuana are not permitted, even if prescribed. The homes also do not allow sex offenders.
The homes offer a structure similar to residential treatment, with volunteer house managers who live on-site and oversee residents’ daily activities. Additional therapeutic services are offered as needed in other Dawn Farm programs. Clients can stay from six months to two years. This program relies heavily on the 12 steps, requiring that clients attend at least nine meetings per week. They are also required to participate in a weekly house meeting to go over house business. Independent living is encouraged through daily work. Residents must be able to land a steady day job within the first two weeks and keep it throughout treatment. Community service is valued just as much as an occupation as well. In addition to the job, two to six hours of service per week is also mandatory. Smoking is permitted in designated areas and residents are welcome to bring personal cell phones and laptops.
Dawn Farm offers free drug and alcohol education series and family support sessions, as well as complimentary groups that are open to all Dawn Farm clients, residents and members. The organization also offers additional residential and outpatient programs for those in need of an earlier stage of care.
Overall, Chapin Street Project offers highly supportive transitional living programs. While residents must abide by more rules then usual, these are designed to help ensure everyone’s success. Thanks to a plethora of meetings, responsibilities and service work, long-term sobriety and a sense of purpose comes as a result.
Chapin Street Project
502 West Huron St
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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