Founded by executive director Jody Davis in 2006 in New Britain and Berlin, Connecticut, Coram Deo Recovery offers transitional living for women who struggle with substance abuse and addiction, as well as criminal justice clients. Besides housing, clients also learn basic living skills, so that they can successfully shift back into society. Davis who has over 25 years of sobriety, is a certified life coach. Coram Deo means “Before the Face of God,” and besides housing, the facility offers recovery management services and peer support.
Accommodations and Amenities
Coram Deo has a 61-bed capacity and has six residences. Accommodations vary per house, but rooms include twin or full beds, dressers, nightstands, mirrors, cork boards, lamps, and closets.
The organization has a food pantry, which provides additional nourishment for those in need. Clients typically qualify for food stamps, and assistance is provided in applying for benefits, as well as obtaining clothing, and other essential items. Meals are prepared by residents in fully-equipped kitchens. Amenities include all utilities, cable TV, Wifi, laundry facilities and some transportation.
Rules and Regulations
Coram Deo offers clients individualized recovery protocols. Length of stay is typically between six months and one year, with many residents staying two, three, four and five years. Requirements include regular attendance at recovery-based meetings, regular attendance at house meetings and performing household chores. Clients are encouraged to leave the house each day and look for work, attend outpatient treatment, perform community service or enroll in vocational training classes.
Other services besides housing include peer recovery support, case management, outpatient treatment referrals, job assistance, medical and dental referrals. Coram Deo is an affiliate of the Urban Alliance, a Christian-centered non-profit network of churches and other social service organizations, as well as The Connection, one of Connecticut’s leading private, nonprofit human service and community development agencies.
Coram Deo focuses on helping women who struggle with substance abuse and addiction get back on track with their lives, while they work on their recovery. The 12 steps are incorporated in the protocol, and mentors work closely with their clients to give them the attention and services that some women need in early recovery. Coram Deo does not disclose the addresses of their homes, for the safety and privacy of clients.
Coram Deo Recovery Office
363 Linwood St
New Britain, CT 06050
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