In 1954, Minneapolis resident Sally DeVay founded The Wayside House as a crisis shelter for impoverished women who were being abused or facing homelessness. They called them women who had “fallen by the wayside.” Chemical dependency services were added in 1963 and, today, this facility serves more than 500 women and children each year. Through evidence-based treatment methods, women can receive help for mental health issues, chemical dependency and trauma. From residential treatment to permanent housing, many levels of care are available through this organization.
Accommodations and Food
Wayside’s residential program is located in a historic mansion near a park with a beautiful lake and walking paths. Bedrooms are shared between two women, featuring twin-sized beds and adequate closet space. The building also features therapy rooms, offices, a dining hall and a common area with a TV. Smoking is permitted outside during break time.
The supportive housing program is located in the pretty Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park, offering affordable, permanent housing to women and children. The building features 18 two-bedroom and two three-bedroom apartments. Each unit includes a kitchen, dining room and living room.
The residential program provides clients with three meals per day. Special dietary requests can usually be accommodated. Coffee and snacks are provided throughout the day. Those who live in the supportive housing are responsible for shopping and preparing their own meals. Nutrition classes and vouchers for local food banks are available.
Treatment and Staff
Wayside offers several levels of care, ranging from residential to family treatment to permanent housing. Through evidence-based, gender-specific care, clients can safely recover from addiction and mental health issues. Detox is not available.
The 30- to 90-day residential program includes daily group therapy, individual therapy once a week and frequent 12-step work. Group topics include parenting, relapse prevention, self-esteem, coping skills, trauma and the 12 steps. The program also includes lectures on the dangers of addiction and clients are required to attend several off-site AA/NA meetings per week.
Upon completion of the residential program, clients can continue on to a 12-week maintenance program. During this time, the women continue with weekly individual check-ins and receive support in becoming self-reliant, employed community members. This includes help learning to write resumes, dress for interviews and pursue educational opportunities.
The family treatment program is a long-term residential program for women at risk of losing their kids to child protective services. Children ages 11 and under are permitted to live on-site while their mother receives treatment. This program includes all of those services provided to residential clients.
The supportive housing program is available to those who have completed residential or family treatment, offering safe, affordable permanent living for families and their children.
The staff includes certified substance abuse counselors, nurses, recovery coaches and social workers.
Wayside helps women with tasks such as employment placement, securing housing, adult basic education, working toward a GED and negotiating with landlords. There is also a 14-week program for the family members of addicts.
The Wayside House provides comprehensive treatment to help female addicts. By allowing mothers to bring their children to treatment, rehabilitation becomes a viable option. Through a safe, nurturing environment, affordable treatment and trained staff, a new life is made possible for women and their children.
Wayside Women’s Treatment Program
3705 Park Center Blvd
St Louis Park, MN 55416
Wayside Family Treatment Program
2120 Clinton Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Wayside Supportive Housing Program
1349 Jersey Ave South
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
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