Located about two hours west of Macon in Columbus, Georgia, House of T.I.M.E., Inc. has offered long-term residential treatment for women since 1994. House of T.I.M.E. clients must be at least 18 years old, homeless and have a history of substance abuse. Many have also experienced sexual, physical and emotional abuse, as well as lack of education and poor health care. The community welcomes women from all walks of life, all races and all religions. The facility’s name, TIME, is an acronym for This I Must Earn.
Accommodations and Food
House of T.I.M.E residents are accommodated in one of four houses, which are each shared by four to seven women at a time. The homes are all located in the same neighborhood, forming a small recovery community. Usually women bunk two to a room. All meals are prepared in the on-site kitchens and provided for the clients. Snacks are available between meals.
Treatment and Staff
To enter House of T.I.M.E., prospective clients must be and test clean of substances and be without housing. Clients fill out an application which requires medical documents (a basic physical, health history, hospitalization records and family history) and also must have a TB, pregnancy and venereal disease test. Clients must also write a letter of application for themselves and provide one from a relative or good friend explaining her homeless state and lack of resources due to addiction. House of T.I.M.E. clients may bring a maximum of 10 outfits of clothing, as well as shoes and personal hygiene items. Everything else is provided as needed. Clients may visit House of Time “clothing closets” to exchange pieces in their wardrobe, depending on changing needs or weather.
Length of treatment is based on individual need and progress, but the maximum stay is two years. Typically a stay is nine to 24 months and is broken down into three phases. Phase one requires clients attend at least four weeks of structured day and evening treatment. Group therapy addresses topics including life skills, relapse prevention, recovery principles and addiction education. The women must also take part in six off-site AA/NA or CA meetings each week. Transportation is provided.
In phase 2 clients look for work, continue their minimum of six 12-step meetings a week, are required to open a savings account with the goal of securing permanent housing upon exiting House of T.I.M.E. Phase 3 focuses on making clients self-sufficient, while maintaining regular 12-step participation. Clients will search for and obtain housing with the help of the residential manager. They also learn life skills like cooking and cleaning, as well as practice budgeting skills for paying rent, utility and food bills.
House of T.I.M.E. employs two LADCs, a residential manager, a clinical coordinator and a life skills counselor.
The women are provided instruction on meditation and weekly organized recreational events. They may also chose to attend GED instruction, parenting classes and nutrition classes.
House of T.I.M.E.’s aftercare program runs an additional six months after graduation. The House of T.I.M.E. aftercare manager and life skills counselors monitor clients and offer individual counseling as needed. The alumni program is designed to help prior clients give back to the community the tools that they received while in the program. The alumni are very dedicated to helping in fundraising efforts and volunteering at the facility.
House of T.I.M.E., Inc. is a special place, offering a very unique program for women. Services are only offered to women and those who find themselves struggling to stay clean and sober without a home. But for those who qualify, House of T.I.M.E may be the perfect place to go for sisterhood and support. While the program is considered free of charge, after the client is gainfully employed, 30% of her paycheck given back to House of T.I.M.E. to pay for services.
House of T.I.M.E., Inc.
1200 Wynnton Rd
Columbus, GA 31906
House of T.I.M.E., Inc. Cost: Free (30% of paycheck once clients have income). Reach House of T.I.M.E., Inc. by phone at (706) 327-6836 or by email at [email protected]. Find House of T.I.M.E., Inc. on Facebook
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