Founded by John and Janice Morrell in picturesque Binghamton, New York, Fairview Recovery Services first opened its doors in 1970. It’s first clients were three alcoholics and the facility operated on a paltry daily budget of $4 per resident. Now a thriving nonprofit, Fairview provides inpatient care for adult men and women, as well as sober living and long term housing for those in recovery.
Accommodations and Amenities
Fairview Recovery Services provides sober living for 11 women and their children, as well as transitional living for 30 men in apartment complexes on the campus. Typically, there are two clients in gender-specific apartments. Women with children reside in there own apartments with their children. The furnished two-bedroom apartments include a living room, and kitchen.
Residents must be eligible for food stamps. Staff gives them a monthly food allowance, taken from their benefits, used towards the purchase of groceries. Smokers are out of luck. The entire Fairview campus, including sober living apartment buildings, maintains tobacco-free grounds. Clients are responsible for getting their own televisions and phone services. They must also supply their own linens, pillows, bedding, personal hygiene and cleaning supplies. Residential managers live on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment. In order to be eligible for the housing program, applicants must have undergone 30 days of primary care at a drug rehab. Length of stay varies per client. Individuals who are heavy smokers or tobacco users are assessed to determine their level of nicotine dependence. Those requesting tobacco cessation products are provided with support. Additionally, all new clients must watch an educational seminar on the effects of tobacco use.
Within 30 days of admission, clients receive individualized recovery plans which highlight the areas of their lives that they need to work on, including getting a job, focusing on physical health, working on their recovery, regaining custody of their children and other concerns. Clients meet on a regular basis with assigned case managers and review their plans.
Requirements include attending between three and five 12-step weekly meetings, performing household chores, participating in 20 weekly hours of community service or an assigned part-time Workfare position. Workfare is a government program where people receiving disability or other government benefits must work or participate in vocational training. Clients must also take part in community meetings and case management groups.
Other services provided include peer support, individual therapy and parenting training. The curfew is 10:30 pm seven days a week. Fairview Recovery Services operates on a zero tolerance policy. Clients are subject to random drug and alcohol screenings. Those who relapse are immediately evicted from the premises.
At Fairview Recovery Services, the housing plus care program provides permanent housing for eight residents, ages 18 and older. Sometimes residents who have successfully completed the sober living program are transferred to permanent housing.
Career Choices Unlimited is a program that helps recovering alcoholic and addicts find work. Services include vocational and educational assessment, career planning, resume writing, group workshops and application methods.
Fairview Recovery Services provides highly safe and structured sober living for financially challenged men and women who are in recovery. It is great opportunity for those who want a second chance at a new life. Staff works hand in hand with clients, to ensure that their journey through recovery is a successful one.
Fairview Recovery Services
5 Merrick St
Binghamton, NY 13904
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