The YWCA provides a highly structured four-phase residential program for homeless women in recovery from substance abuse. In 2011, YES! provided approximately 10,000 nights of safe shelter. The typical client entering our program is unemployed and without resources. She has very little contact with her family and has likely lost custody of her children due to her history of substance abuse. Our case managers immediately begin working with new clients to assess their needs and develop personal goals for them. Clients create an Individual Development Plan and they review their progress with their case managers. The overall goal for the YES! clients is that they will comply with all program guidelines, remain sober, and complete the program. During this time, clients are attending daily NA/AA meetings, meeting with their sponsors, struggling to achieve/maintain sobriety and seeking employment. Therefore, it is imperative that the YWCA provide them with the essentials such as food, clothing, personal care items, counseling and recovery educational materials.
In providing support to clients for these basic needs, the YWCA provides a foundation for success. Each client is able to focus on her personal goals and recovery. We have provided housing and services to several pregnant women who gave birth to drug-free babies while participating in this program.
In 2011, 75% of the women who remained in the program at least three (3) months obtained employment or secured income through Social Security Disability. 36% completed the eight month program and 25% remain in the program today maintaining sobriety and employment, completing personal goals, and ultimately planning to move into permanent housing. There is a very high recidivism rate for this hard to treat population; however, in 2011, 88% of the women who exited the program were employed or receiving SSI.
Call the YWCA for more information at 812-422-1191.