Keystone Halls offers transitional housing in Fort Lauderdale, Florida that serves both men and women who have struggled with chemical dependency and homelessness in conjunction with specialty programs for veterans. Ron Malec founded Keystone Halls back in 1998 as a way to give back to the recovery community of South Florida after he got sober himself. Keystone Halls is a not-for-profit facility that offers a safe housing alternative with support.
Accommodations and Amenities
Keystone Halls is a 90-bed co-ed facility with 38 of those beds specifically for veterans. Everything is provided for clients, including toiletries, bedding, linens and food. They are also close to several transportation hubs and within walking distance of hundreds of 12-step meetings. Clients have apartment style residences within the campus setting that are shared dorm style. The building and grounds are brightly colored and cheerful and include a courtyard, area for cooking out, fitness room, garden and group therapy rooms.
All food is provided by Keystone Halls and is distributed daily.
Rules and Regulations
The initial step to receiving treatment at Keystone Halls is the intake process provided by case workers who assess what each client’s needs are. From there they are evaluated for a number of social services programs and are provided with the basic necessities with the intention to reduce stress and therefore a relapse. For veterans staff works classes with the VA to provide the most in-depth treatment and fulfill the daily requirements that are required to keep them healthy and focused on recovery.
Keystone Halls operates in a group setting for the most part. There are three house meetings per week that serves as a way to gauge community and form connections within the facility. On Tuesday evenings there are relapse prevention groups that address triggers and introduce new coping skills. Wednesday evenings are devoted to life skills, which works on communication, accountability, and teaches ways to reintegrate into society after leaving the program. Thursdays is the spaghetti AA group that serves dinner followed by an on-site AA meeting. Clients also attend regular support meetings within the community three times per week, get a sponsor and submit to regular drug screenings.
The small staff oversees operations and runs house meetings. Most of them are sober themselves and are able to offer guidance in that arena by showing the clients that there is definitely a life on the other side of addiction.
Keystone Halls was started as a way to give back to an underserved community and to provide a safe respite from the stressors of living on the streets and struggles of being caught up in a cycle of addiction. It promotes kindness within the programs and offers insight to those who are in the middle of getting out of their dependency from drugs and alcohol by giving a structured day to day schedule and case management services.
1420 SW 3rd Ave
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
Keystone Halls Cost: $150 (per week). Reach Keystone Halls by phone at (954) 763-2300. Find Keystone Halls on Facebook
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