Founded in 1965, the MAAC project in San Diego County serves the underprivileged community with transitional living facilities, education resources and drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Along with its many contributions to the community are two rehabilitation centers, one for men and one for women.
Casa de Milagros is a two-story rehabilitation home for women located in a quiet part of Southcrest, and Nosotros is a multi-level bungalow for men sitting on top of a hill with a lovely view of Chula Vista. Both focus on building personal responsibility, community and restoring self-esteem so residents can stand on their own two feet and merge back into society. The homes function as full-on rehabs with structured activities, but there are no doctors on staff and they do not offer medical detox.
Accommodations and Food
Nosotros houses up to 17 adult men in a dormitory type setting. There are two rooms devoted solely to senior citizens, which are double occupancy, and two other large rooms that house six to seven men in each. Casa de Milagros is a large one-story home that houses up to 18 women in semi-private, double-occupancy rooms. In both homes, the kitchen, dining room and courtyard area are communal areas encourage residents to build relationships with each other, thereby creating a strong sense of community. All of the daily meals are cooked by the residents, and the menu is provided by staff members, consisting of simple foods that are served family style.
Treatment and Staff
Individual and group counseling are frequently available on-site at the homes, and each is facilitated by a trained staff member. In addition, residents are required to attend regular AA or NA meetings, along with classes in relapse prevention. All residents share household responsibilities like cooking, cleaning, manning the front desk and scheduling activities. The latter of these is designed to give clients a sense of accountability, and to instill in them positive habits to help them succeed after they’ve graduated from the program. Typically, clients stay for six months to ensure a full recovery.
In addition to their counseling sessions, Casa de Milagros and Nosotros also offer workshops on a variety of topics including health, parenting skills, conflict resolution, anger management and domestic violence. Residents participate in team-building activities and peer projects to help build healthy relationships and foster a sense of community. Three staff members are on-site at all times in both houses—24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Community resources like food vouchers and continued education and housing are all offered to residents as well. With the help of these resources (along with their newfound six months of sobriety), house alumni are able to reunite with their children, gain employment and obtain permanent housing.
MAAC Project’s Bridge to Employment program has joined forces with many agencies in the San Diego County to grow careers in the field of phelbotomy, medical billing, dental assisting, among other professions in the healthcare field. Tuition reimbursement is offered to participants in this employment program.
The rehabilitation homes offered by the MAAC Project are a very affordable option for anyone looking for in-depth treatment at an affordable cost. With an emphasis on personal responsibility and community, residents walk out the doors well-equipped to succeed after their stay, bringing with them life skills in addition to their sobriety.
MAAC Recovery Homes
1127 South 38th St
San Diego, CA 92113
MAAC Recovery Homes Cost: $400 (30 days). Reach MAAC Recovery Homes by phone at (619) 262-4002. Find MAAC on their website. Nosotros: $400 (30 days). Reach MAAC by phone at (619) 262-4002. Find Nosotros on their website.
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