The sprawling campus once known as the Vince Carter Sanctuary, named for the NBA All-Star who donated $1.8 million in start-up funds, now houses Project WARM (Women Assisting Recovery Mothers), which offers long-term residential treatment for women who are pregnant, postpartum or parenting young children. Located 10 miles from Daytona Beach in Bunnell, Florida, the beautiful facility originally designed to be a private, high-end treatment center on par with Betty Ford is now home to a state-funded, multicultural program that welcomes children under the age of six, setting up families up in comfortable apartment units. Women spend their days in structured treatment, while the little ones attend on-site daycare. Through a broad range of therapeutic approaches, the clients become empowered and productive in this lovely facility.
Accommodations and Food
The main building on the Project WARM campus includes 16 primary substance abuse treatment beds, with 10 in a dorm-like set up and six in private apartment units. The bedrooms are basic, including twin-sized beds and dressers. The apartments feature comfortable living rooms and kitchens. The building also has a common room, dining hall, therapy rooms and a large kitchen. Smoking is permitted in designated areas.
Residents eat together in the dining hall and are involved in every aspect of food preparation, from meal planning to grocery shopping to cooking. Each week, the women are given a specific sum to spend during supervised grocery trips. Back in the comfort of the facility, they can choose to cook as a group or separately. Snacks and coffee can also be purchased during store outings.
Treatment and Staff
Project WARM is a long-term residential program, offering a gender-specific, individualized treatment program for substance abuse. The clients who attend this program must be pregnant, postpartum or parenting young children. Over the course of 90 to 180 days, they are immersed in group therapy, individual therapy, life skills classes, 12-step work and education. Detox is not available.
This highly structured program uses a wide range of therapeutic approaches, including CBT, Motivational Interviewing (MI), Seeking Safety, Moral Reconation Therapy and the Stages of Change Model, in both group and individual settings. Group therapy happens daily, with topics such as relapse prevention, parenting, self-esteem, trauma, domestic violence, introduction to the 12 steps and anger management. Individual counseling is weekly, with the client’s primary counselor. Clients are required to attend two on-site recovery support groups such as AA and NA per week.
The program has a strong focus on creating self-sufficient, independent clients. Life skills, parenting and family dynamics are addressed throughout treatment. Each week, the treatment team meets as a group to review the clinical progress of each resident including physical health, recovery development and social interactions. Prior to the client’s graduation from the program, the treatment team meets to create a well-rounded discharge plan.
The staff includes primarily female CSACs, case managers, nurses and program managers.
Project WARM aims to empower women to become productive, clean and sober people who can live independently and care for themselves and their children. With this in mind, the women are encouraged to find a job or pursue their education. Classes on how to write a resume and dress for an interview are available as well as computers for job searching and applying to college.
Project WARM truly is women helping women obtain the tools needed to live an independent life. Through the development of life skills, a variety of therapies, family involvement and education, the women are able to gain confidence for a new way of life. This program gives recovering mothers and their children a chance at a life free of addiction.
301 Justice Lane
Bunnell, FL 32110
Project WARM Cost: Free. Reach Project WARM by phone at (800) 539-4228.
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