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Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives SHAWL House


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Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives—or SHAWL House—was founded in San Pedro, California in 1990. SHAWL runs a six-month residential substance and domestic abuse treatment program for homeless women as well as a transitional living program that lasts up to two years. Treatment incorporates traditional therapy using evidence-based methods (such as CBT) as well as the 12-step framework.

Accommodations and Food

The residential facility SHAWL House accommodates up to 13 clients for six months of intensive treatment. The tidy colonial-style home is situated in a residential neighborhood in San Pedro, and rooms are typically double occupancy and bathrooms are also shared with at least one other resident. All meals are included in the price of the program. The home is furnished with comfortable, modern décor.

Clients who have completed the residential track can step down to one of SHAWL’s two transition houses: Haviland House, which accommodates up to 11 women and The Cottages, which sleeps up to four women and four children in two separate two bedroom duplexes. Both facilities allow clients to remain enrolled for between 18 and 24 months. Clients who progress into the transitional housing phase are responsible for purchasing and preparing their own meals, though typically government assistance programs cover the cost for food.

Treatment and Staff

While at SHAWL, clients attend regular individual therapy as part of an individualized schedule that is supported by case management. They also attend chemical dependency awareness and process/feelings group therapy, stress management, grief and loss, parenting, life skills, self-esteem building and general health as well as relapse prevention. Seeking Safety groups are also scheduled to help clients struggling with PTSD as are Celebrate Recovery groups for those who prefer a Christian-faith based recovery program.

Alternative therapeutic activities include meditation, exercise and yoga. Residents also attend on-site AA/NA meetings, and in an effort to establish themselves as contributing members of the community, participate in sober community activities and service opportunities as well as outside recreation.

SHAWL staff includes CDACs, four volunteer assistants and a driver who helps the women with all their transportation.


SHAWL provides referrals to outside mental health support groups and experts as well as domestic violence organizations. Residents are also given employment support and are connected with local job search agencies and the Department of Children and Family Services. Emergency dental services, bus tokens and taxi vouchers are provided to clients while enrolled in the primary program.

In Summary

With almost 30 years of serving the San Pedro community, Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives provides an intensive and well-rounded continuum of substance abuse care. With a range of treatment methods including traditional therapy, Celebrate Recovery, the 12-step framework and Seeking Safety as well as alternative therapy options, Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives clients are given a solid recovery foundation that supports lasting sobriety. Those who graduate from the six-month residential track are given the option to step down to a structured transitional living environment.

The program is funded by local community donations as well as Department of Justice and Office of Violence against Women awards, making treatment free and accessible for all regardless of their ability to pay.

Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives -SHAWL House Location

936 S. Centre St
San Pedro, CA 90731

Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives SHAWL House Cost

Free; $390 (30 days). Reach Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives SHAWL House by phone at (310) 521-9310 or by email at Find Support for Harbor Area Women’s Lives SHAWL House on Facebook

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