The Galilee Mission is a men’s only, non-profit, 12-step based rehab in the tiny town of Narragansett, Rhode Island. It was opened in 1984 originally for workers in the fishing industry with the primary intention of getting clients sober and employed. It also serves as an umbrella corporation for the Fishermen’s Relief Fund, which provides free soup for financially challenged fishermen at the docks in Galilee twice a week. To this day, fishermen and residents of Rhode Island’s South County are given priority at Galilee.
Accommodations and Food
Galilee is a homey 12-bed residential house with six bedrooms, a kitchen and dining room, lounge area, two bathrooms and two offices. It’s a beautiful Victorian home with hardwood floors and a massive staircase that greets clients as they walk in. Residents sleep two to a room on twin size beds in rooms with drawers, lamps and large windows. The living room has large comfortable couches, lamps and calming white walls. Clients can also sit outside on the large front porch with dark wooden benches and a green door.
A professional chef prepares dinner five nights a week; clients are responsible for making their own breakfast and lunch (and weekend meals) with food provided by Galilee. The food leans towards protein-based with an emphasis on health and recovery from damage done while drinking and using drugs.
Treatment and Staff
Galilee provides six months of treatment (though clients can leave at any time). All residents have to test negative for drugs and alcohol upon arrival. Once admitted, they’re assigned counselors for at least one individual therapy appointment a week. Group therapy meetings are held at the facility and emphasize recovery, address domestic violence and aim to enhance communication skills. Clients are required to attend five AA and NA meetings a week and there is an on-site 12-step meeting on Thursday evenings. Detox is not available at Galilee but, if needed, potential clients are referred to local medical facilities.
Residents wake up before breakfast at 8 am, which is followed by group or individual therapy, lectures on addiction and job hunting from 9 am to lunch at noon. After lunch, it’s more of the same: therapy, free time, lectures and classes. Dinner is served at 6 pm, followed by AA or NA before bed around 11 pm.
All Galilee staff members are licensed counselors.
There is a TV in the media room and cell phones and computers are allowed but there is no WiFi. Galilee is currently working on getting the men a computer to help with employment seeking. There are some weights on the premises but residents mostly take advantage of the free vouchers they’re given to use at the local YMCA gym and pool. There is no family program but visitors are welcome whenever there’s free time throughout the day.
The Galilee Mission is a great deal for the low cost of admission. The emphasis on employment and recovery is about as much as a client desperately hoping to build up a life could ask for. Its passion for lending a helping hand to alcoholic fishermen certainly indicates that Galilee’s heart is in the right place.
The Galilee Mission
268 Kingstown Rd
Narragansett, RI 02882
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