Located in the heart of Montrose, our residential treatment program serves homeless women struggling with addiction and mental illness. Becoming a resident at The Women’s Home Residential Treatment Program requires commitment, dedication and serious work.
Each of our treatment program tracks are designed to support homeless women who have a substance abuse addiction or who have a substance abuse addiction and mental illness. During the program period, our goal is for each woman to achieve mental/emotional stability and sobriety. To accomplish this, we developed our unique WholeLife® model of care that addresses the emotional, physical, social, vocational, fiscal, and spiritual wellness of our clients.
These goals are accomplished through:
Residential Services: Upon admission all clients reside in a dorm setting and are provided meals daily. Intensive program participants will reside in the main dorm. Through our Supportive treatment track, clients have the opportunity to move into transitional homes with greater independence including shopping for and preparing their own food, gaining employment and acquiring weekend passes to slowly integrate back into the general community.
Case Management Services: Clients are connected to resources to meet their physical, psychiatric, and other basic needs. Case managers meet regularly with clients to help them set and achieve their goals for all areas of wellness. Clients learn how to navigate basic need systems and to advocate for themselves.
Clinical Services: Each client has an individualized treatment plan that includes both individual and group therapy to support their mental stability and journey to wellness. Therapy at The Women’s Home is based on approaches that are trauma-informed, recovery-oriented, gender-specific, and client-centered.
Vocational Services: Clients are offered a variety of classes including computer training, resume building, and interview techniques in order to improve their ability to gain competitive employment. One-on-one meetings with a vocational counselor help clients choose a career path that is supportive of their other mental health and recovery goals, and develop tools to overcome some of the challenges that many of our clients face in the workplace.
Aftercare Services: Our staff conducts periodic follow-up calls to former clients after discharge as a regular part of aftercare. This outreach is designed to stay connected with individuals and to provide resources and support. After successfully completing our program, graduates have access to vocational and therapeutic support and referral services for life.
Supportive Treatment Track
- 6-18 month residential treatment program
- Dorm setting with opportunity to progress towards more independent, transitional housing
- 60 day sobriety requirement
- Our goal is for each woman during her time in the supportive treatment program is to achieve self-sufficiency and to graduate our program with income, permanent housing, mental and emotional stability, improved physical and social wellness and prolonged sobriety.
Intensive Treatment Track
8 of our 50 beds are available for women just starting their sobriety journey.
- 89-day residential treatment program
- Dorm setting
- No sobriety requirement for admission and most program applicants arrive with a few days to a few weeks of sobriety
- Focus on helping participants manage co-occurring substance and mental health issues
- Program goal is to establish mental/emotional stability and sobriety without relapse
Program Eligibility and Requirements
Potential residents must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for our treatment program:
- You must be between 22 and 60 years of age.
- You must participate in group and individual counseling.
- You must seek vocational/educational assistance.
- For the Intensive Program, you can have zero to 60 days of sobriety, must have 60 days abstinence from harmful behavior to yourself and others, and must commit to an 89 day program.
- For the Supportive Program, you must have a minimum of 60 days sobriety from substances and 60 days abstinence from harmful behavior to yourself and others.
- You must be able and willing to function in a structured program.
- You must follow the recommendations of the treatment team as it relates to appropriate timing to pursue employment
To Apply Follow The Steps Below:
- Call our admissions coordinator at 713-328-1954 to complete a telephone screening.
- If you qualify for an in-person interview, the admissions coordinator will schedule a psychosocial assessment and a comprehensive evaluation to determine your mental health, addiction history, social status, and functional capacity. The assessment lasts approximately three hours. Bring a photo ID, social security card and a copy of any financial award letter.
- After the in-person interview, the admissions coordinator will contact you, notifying you of your admission status and, if applicable, your tentative admission date.
- If you are offered admission, you must submit a letter of homelessness from an emergency shelter prior to admission. The admissions coordinator will provide details as to how to obtain the letter during the interview.
What to Expect
At The Women’s Home, each resident is working to earn self-confidence, independence, income and a place in society. As a result of her own efforts, doors open. We expect you to adhere to the following:
- We require you to complete drug testing the day you enter the program and at random intervals during your stay.
- Once you obtain employment, we require you to pay rent and a portion of utilities. If you have income upon admission, you are required to pay 10% of your income while living at the Main Residence and 30% while living in transitional housing.
- We require you to participate in individual therapy, group therapy and chemical dependency groups based on your diagnosis.
- We require you to participate in the vocational program, which includes job search training and other job retention classes.
- You will be given the opportunity to participate in the spiritual development program, which may include working with a volunteer spiritual companion.
- You must work a number of shifts per week at the reception desk and at the Cottage Shop until you have full-time employment.
- You must obtain approval from the staff to begin a job search or to research any training certification opportunities. Job search certification programs begin only after the staff feels you are emotionally stable enough to proceed. You may not attend school before starting to work.
- You must complete daily household responsibilities; we require you to submit a weekly schedule of activities and respect curfew.
- A resident takes another step toward self-sufficiency when she symbolically exchanges her room key in the Main Residence for a key to residency in one of the four smaller transitional homes that mirror independent living.