Evergreen House is a women’s residential treatment facility run by The Catholic Charities Diocese of Harrisburg, PA. Located in Central Pennsylvania on the banks of the Susquehanna River, Harrisburg is the capital city of Pennsylvania. With several government agencies and manufacturing companies calling Harrisburg home, the surrounding area is prosperous, however nearly a quarter of the city’s residents live below the poverty line. Catholic Charities provides several community outreach programs including adoption services, emergency shelter, mental health services as well as a residential substance abuse program.
Accommodations and Food
Evergreen House treats up to 23 women at once in a three story modern home on a suburban residential street. Each resident has one or two roommates, and each room has its own toilet and sink with several rooms sharing a dorm-like shower room with private stalls.
The house has a common area with a television and offers exercise DVDs and gym equipment for working out. Staff prepare meals for residents, though residents are assigned individual cubbies where they can store personal food they’ve purchased for themselves. Residents typically stay in the program three to six months.
Treatment and Staff
On a typical day, residents rise at 6:30 am, perform chores then have a communal breakfast. Days are spent in group and individual therapy and life skills classes. In the evenings, residents can watch TV, read, exercise and attend nearby 12-step meetings. Lights are out Sunday through Thursday at 11 pm and at 1 am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Residents usually see their individual counselor once a week. Therapy groups use CBT and are led by staff who are LADCs. Group staff-to-client ratio is usually one-to-20. Residents with co-occurring disorders are taken to a nearby clinic for therapy and medication management and Evergreen House provides transportation for residents to attend nearby AA/NA meetings.
Cell phones are not permitted, but there is a house phone that residents can use with permission. Weekends usually offer an off-site recreational trip, such as movies or bowling, and on Sundays family members can visit.
Residents may stay at Evergreen House longer than most residential treatment facilities; in order to facilitate their transition into independent living, residents who have completed two months of successful treatment may work with their counselor to create a plan to leave the facility for work and/or school. Residents can also apply for Catholic Charities’ two nearby sober living facilities after completing treatment. Staff facilitate each client’s post-treatment transition by providing referrals for vocational training and other County Assistance agencies.
Evergreen House provides a safe and nurturing atmosphere where residents can spend several months cultivating skills that will enable them to chart new paths upon re-entry into independent living. Catholic Charities’ other assistance services and deep familiarity with resources in Harrisburg ensure that residents will have an easy-to-implement action plan to stay supported and motivated upon leaving residential treatment.
120 Willow Rd, Ste B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
Evergreen House: $3,570 (30 days). Most clients qualify for free state- and county-funded treatment. Reach Evergreen House by phone at (717) 412-4594 and by email at [email protected]. Find Evergreen House on Facebook
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