Based in Greenville, South Carolina, the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) has been offering its services for nearly 90 years. At two residential facilities, the Holmesview Center in Greenville and the Palmetto Center in Florence, SCVRD helps clients who are unable to get or keep a job due to substance abuse. The centers work much like sober living facilities, the difference being that the primary focus is on helping residents become employable. Clients must be referred to the program by a state-approved vocational rehabilitation officer in order to be accepted.
Accommodations and Amenities
SCVRD offers 30 beds for men and 14 beds for women, distributed evenly among the two coed locations. Genders are kept separate by floor in both facilities. All clients are housed in two-bed dorm rooms and each gets his or her own dresser and locker for valuables. Residents share restroom facilities, with four clients to a bathroom. According to SCVRD staff, the total census in both facilities is generally around 40 and a new bed tends to open once a week. No personal Internet access or any electronic devices are allowed, nor are any phone calls, except in case of emergency. SCVRD offers a 26-day length of stay for its program but clients may stay longer or cut their time short if they see fit. Clients receive breakfast, lunch and dinner that are prepared for them.
Rules and Regulations
Wake-up time at SCVRD’s locations is 6:30 am after which clients have breakfast and attend classes on addiction and how to overcome it. Group therapy sessions follow throughout the course of the day, with short breaks in between. Each client also gets his or her personal counselor for individual sessions on issues like stress or anger management, though these are scheduled on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, clients undergo a vocational assessment with a career specialist to determine how to break into or manage their return to the workforce.
During their stay, residents are expected to do some house chores. Smoking is allowed, but the use of any other substance is not tolerated and sobriety is verified through drug tests. The only computer and Internet access allowed at SCVRD is specifically for job searching or working on resumes. Clients are not allowed to leave the facility though they can use the exterior grounds for recreation such as basketball, ping-pong or jogging.
Both residences have registered nurses and residential aides on duty at all times. The residential aides conduct therapy sessions at SCVRD but they are not officially accredited as drug counselors. Aside from the on-site staff, a medical doctor visits both locations on Wednesdays to make sure clients are not experiencing health complications in early sobriety.
For those whose substance abuse has kept them out of the workforce, SCVRD should prove a very useful resource. Though it takes a state referral to be accepted, those who get in should benefit from the program’s many free services.
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
3799 Old Easley Bridge Rd
Greenville, SC 29611
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department Cost: Free (state-funded). Reach South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department by phone at (864) 239-6323 or by email at [email protected]. Find South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department on Facebook, YouTube and Google+
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