Frequently Asked Questions

What is Harbor House and what is the Harbor House Plus Program?

  • A transition living environment for women recovering from substance abuse.
  • A place that fills the gap between homelessness, "at risk" living arrangements and permanent housing.
  • A program that encourages women to redirect their lives toward independence.
  • Program designed to utilize education, accountability, and support to overcome substance abuse.

What services are provided in the Harbor House program?

  • The program is comprised of two sections: 1) Developmental 2) Life Management. A personal Development Plan and Life Management plan is written for each resident. Individual sessions are held with each resident to track and update the plans.

How is the Harbor House Plus Program set up to achieve the goal for residents to maintain sobriety and move to permanent housing?

  • Each resident moves at their own pace, addressing individual needs as defined in their Personal Development and Life Management Plans.
    • Phase 1 - Written Personal Development and Life Management Plans. In-house groups discussing life-style and housekeeping skills. Referrals to chemical dependency education and physical and mental health clinics.
    • Phase 2 - Updating and revising of Personal Development and Life Management Plans. In-house group sessions of self-assessment and job readiness. Referrals to educational and vocational training.
    • Phase 3 - Continuation of updating and revision of Personal Development and Life Management Plans. Seek employment, permanent housing and successful completion of the program.

What objectives are set for women in the program?

  • Maintain their sobriety
  • Build a foundation in their recovery by attending daily in-house meeting, secure a sponsor and build a support system.
  • Complete a certified chemical dependency treatment program.
  • Ongoing participation in the in-house groups.
  • Complete an educational and/or vocational training program.
  • Secure employment sufficient for independent living.
  • Move to permanent housing.

What type of relationship is continued after women complete the program?

  • Harbor House offers a follow up service to residents that complete the program.
  • Case managers prepare plans, which include recommendations to women to assist them in their recovery from substance abuse, independent living, lifestyle, employment, etc.
  • Home visits and telephone contacts are scheduled for the first year after completion of the program.

What is the typical profile of women served by Harbor House?

  • Single women or women without custody of their children, in recovery from substance abuse.
  • Average age of women in the program 23 to 45. Racial make-up: 55% African American, 45% Caucasian. Average of 3-4 children. 90% are single parents.
  • Educational backgrounds: most have a high school degree or a GED.
  • The majority of women in the program have a history with the criminal justice and substance abuse systems.
  • Most have neglected their physical and mental health issues.
  • Many have limited Life Management and Personal Developmental skills.
  • All are homeless and lack a sober living environment.

Who refers women to the Harbor House?

  • Substance abuse treatment centers.
  • Criminal justice system.
  • Children Services Board.
  • Emergency shelters.
  • Social Services agencies.
  • Self-Referral.

What types of donations are accepted at the Harbor House?