Grace House is a transitional, supportive living environment for six women in early recovery from addictive disorders. The women live together in a family-like setting with the support of a “house mother” who mentors and guides them toward the final steps of reintegration into full community life.
The building has been generously provided by Grace Episcopal Church of Canton (https://www.gracechurchcanton.org/). It is located next to their church at the corner of Main Street and Church Street in Canton, NY.
The women, all over the age of 18 and residents of St. Lawrence County, will be referred by treatment centers, families, and other sources and should have recently (and successfully) completed inpatient rehabilitation, and if having been discharged, should be fully engaged in outpatient services. The women of Grace must be committed to abstinence, including abstinence from nicotine, and to following the program of Grace House which involves faith-based services.
Grace House is not a treatment facility so if the women are still receiving outpatient services they will be expected to maintain these appointments as well as maintain any appointments concerning their physical well-being. Because of the location, there is plenty of opportunity for self-help activity. In addition, we cannot guarantee admission to every applicant that comes to us. Housing opportunities may be limited due to lack of vacancy, limited staffing and resources, or in-compatibility with admissions criteria.
All women are expected to be in school/vocational training, have a job, or perform 20 volunteer hours in the community each week. Upon admission, women will meet with staff to develop a plan of discharge/re-entry into the community. This plan will chart the course of her stay here at Grace House. Ultimately, the goal for each woman is to successfully discharge to safe, appropriate, affordable housing with full-time work and/or college enrollment for those who are able.
Inside the house women will learn how to live and work together collaboratively. The women of Grace will be assigned daily tasks that contribute to the daily rhythm of the household. They will learn how spend their days productively working toward their personal goals. They will develop, and adhere to daily routine, including consistent wake/sleep times. They will learn how to skillfully cook, and clean, sew, knit, paint, and crochet – perhaps not always for themselves, but to gift others. They will be encouraged to develop thoughtful ways of interacting with one another (ex: hosting event/game nights, trying new recipes etc.). There will some opportunity to garden and learn house repair. Each woman will learn how to manage her life responsibly, by making and keeping her regular appointments, adhering to her own customized service plan, and furthermore will be encouraged to seek out life enriching experiences that will promote both spiritual growth, and competence in various aspects of life. Many volunteers have offered their services in many ways to share their knowledge and expertise with the women residents.
…I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them and not uproot them… (Jeremiah 24:6)