The Women’s Home in Houston is a 50-bed facility that serves women who typically suffer from both mental and addiction-based illnesses and require long-term care. Over an extended period of time, they can regain their stable footing in the world through supportive residential and transitional care programs.
Accommodations and Food
During the residential program, women live in a colonial 26-bed house. Rooms are basic and shared between two clients, featuring two twin-sized beds and dresser space for personal items. The home also has a large eat-in kitchen where staff members prepare three meals per day for clients. During free time, residents can hang out and watch television in the communal living room.
The program does not offer many on-site amenities for recreation, but women can get in walks and smoke breaks around the property.
Treatment and Staff
The Women’s Home offers both residential and transitional housing programs, with up to 18 months of support free of charge. The residential program begins with weekly group and individual therapy sessions. The groups address life skills goals in six wellness areas: emotional/mental, physical, spiritual, vocational and financial. A variety of chemical dependency services is offered, including individual assessments, relapse prevention, recovery life skills, seeking safety, dual-disorder groups and other chemical dependency psycho-educational groups. Clients can also attend five AA/NA meetings per week.
As far as vocational training and education, clients are able to learn business skills working in the campus shop and administrative office. Volunteer-led classes such as basic computer skills, job search skills, budgeting, assertiveness and conflict resolution are also offered.
There is also a chapel on campus where weekly non-denominational services are held.
Once clients are ready to leave the residential program (typically after four to six months), they can step down into the transitional housing. This part of the campus features four houses with six beds in each and the program allows women who are employed or in school full-time to have their days free. While living in transitional housing, clients are able to create budgets, open a savings account, purchase food and pay rent and utilities. While most of their schedule is now focused on work or school, they still receive a small amount of group and individual therapy, chemical dependency group and goal groups and attend weekly meetings with their case counselor.
For those who have completed the residential program and desire a drug, smoke and alcohol-free living environment, The Women’s Home recently added a 87-unit housing complex. While living there, residents follow house rules and maintain employment while having access to community resources. The rent is modest and can be adjusted according to the individual case.
Family therapy weekends are offered by both the residential and transitional living programs. During this time, family members can come on-site for individual therapy with the client, group therapy and psycho-educational lectures.
In terms of staff, Bachelor’s level support is available on-site 24/7. Clients in need of medication management can see a consulting psychiatrist and nurse practitioner who make weekly visits.
For those who are homeless or cannot afford a traditional treatment facility, this program allows women to rebuild their lives in a positive way. From life skills to mental health support to intensive chemical dependency work, women can leave treatment knowing how to maintain long-term sobriety and good health.
The Women’s Home
Houston, TX 77006
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