The Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Community Action Group has provided faith-based community services to men and women in the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1988. The principal founder, Harold “Hal” Gordon, was president and chief executive officer from the beginning until his death in 2008. Since its inception, the community action group has assisted 1,100 individuals. The men’s transitional housing program began in 1998 while the women’s program opened in 1999. They also offer residential substance abuse treatment and outpatient programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
Transitional housing is offered at CAG’s three-building campus on 13th Street SE. The facility is a renovated apartment complex consisting of three buildings with living spaces designed to house four to eight residents sharing bedrooms, kitchens and private baths. Common areas have TV and cable, as well as computers and Internet access. Residents are responsible for keeping all living spaces and clean and for providing their own meals. Dietary and nutritional counseling is available.
Rules and Regulations
The application process for transitional housing is referral-based, generally from a probation or parole officer. Transitional housing is offered to men and women who have completed a sanctioned treatment program, but who require additional time and further assistance while securing safe housing, employment and long-term sobriety.
Program participants attend daily individual and group counseling sessions focused on building self-esteem and teaching parenting skills and relapse prevention techniques. These sessions also address the effects of illegal substances on the mind and body. Those accepted into the program commit to all of its phases, as well as to staying sober and respecting the health and safety of others in the program with whom they share housing.
Participants are assisted with finding employment or volunteer opportunities during their stays. All work and leisure activities are monitored by the program director and probation and parole officers. Those who fail to fully participate in and progress through the program may be returned to a full-time residential treatmentl program or a correctional facility.
In addition to the sober living options, one-month residential recovery is available to men and women in separate facilities. There are also outpatient recovery services.
The alternative Access to Recovery (ATR) program offered to those who are not making progress through standard treatment programs. The program offers a full range of treatment options, though with a focus on the power of faith. The CAG Community Center offers education and training, a range of cultural and special youth events and exercise classes.
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Community Action Group provides faith-based transitional housing for men and women in substance abuse recovery regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status, with some treatment available as well. The organization has received numerous awards for their services the diverse communities of Washington, DC. For those involved in the criminal justice system, CAG can be the last step in institutional intervention, and the first in a new life of lasting sobriety.
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Community Action Group
325 34th St SE
Washington, DC 20019
Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian Cost: Varies by referring agency (30 days). Reach Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian by phone at (202) 543-4558, women’s transitional housing at (202) 373-0656 and men’s transitional housing at (202) 575-0185, or by email at [email protected].
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