Nobody goes through recovery alone.
I don’t remember where I first heard that phrase, or who said it, but it rings true with my experience. People need a community around them to reach out to for help in hard times, and few times are harder than when you are early in your recovery from addiction. One of the reasons that supportive housing works is that residents have so many people there who know what they’re going through and can be there to see them through it.
That’s because taking someone’s hand when they need help does more than just help them. It builds bonds. It strengthens communities. It reinforces our best values. The person you are when you are helping your fellow human beings is the person you want to be, and it’s through this coming together that we build the best version of our community.
No community can recover from addiction without coming together.
That’s why we’re proud to partner with the United Way of St. Joseph County. They’re bringing our community together to tackle the most persistent problems facing working families in our community—many of them issues that particularly affect residents of the Upper Room Women’s Home. With their support, we’re working together to help these women become financially secure, self-sufficient, and free from the cycle of addiction.
Here’s what that looks like:
Rent assistance – Many, if not most residents of the Upper Room have trouble affording housing when they arrive. By helping these women with rent assistance when they first arrive, our local United Way is helping to open up these supportive housing services to many more people who need it.
Case management – With the United Way’s help, we’ll be able to provide these women with program support not only to support their recovery, but to help them build financial literacy, develop professionally, and find safe permanent housing.
We can’t thank United Way of St. Joseph County enough for their support of the Women’s Home program! We count ourselves lucky to be counted as one of their partners.