Dove Recovery House Helps Women Face Down Addiction
At a recent site visit to Dove Recovery House, Women’s Fund had the honor of being able to tour Dove’s brand-new location at the corner of 34th & Meridian. This new building, generously donated to Dove, will allow them to increase their capacity from 23 women to 37 women. Dove knows women have died of overdose while waiting for a bed at the agency, so this increased capacity may be a literal lifesaver for some. They have a wait list 10-15 women deep at any given time.
Dove provides transitional housing for women with substance abuse issues. The organization is seeing an increase in women coming to them with opioid addiction, but women struggling with all varieties of substance abuse are welcome. The average age of residents is 35, but staff reports that they are seeing an increase in younger women come to them, generally as a result of opioid addiction. Women at Dove receive a variety of services from therapy to financial counseling and much more. Women need to stay a minimum of 90 days to complete the program but can stay for up to 2 years.
Executive Director, Wendy Noe made it very clear that Dove is intended to be a home for these women, not a prison. This is a welcome change for those women who come to them through referral from the justice system. Women spend the first 30 days in a larger community sleeping space and then move to a 2-person room. These rooms definitely sparked some college flashbacks for me!
During the tour, it was easy to see how Dove’s work fits with Women’s Fund’s mission. Not only does Dove provides wraparound services for their residents, but they do so with an emphasis on self-sufficiency. With its new facility, they are able to expand that mission even further by providing two studio/efficiency apartments that women who have graduated from the program are able to rent. Given how stressful trying to make it on your own can be for anyone, let alone someone struggling with addiction, I am sure these women appreciate the chance to be able to practice self-sufficiency in a safe space.
And for those of you who are concerned about how much organizations spend on administrative costs, I think you can see below your dollars are well-spent by Dove.
But this sad card table set-up will have a happy ending. Wendy Noe’s husband is making her a desk out of a door from Dove’s former house on Highland Ave.
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