In 2009, The Counseling Center opened the St. Lucy Sober House for women in an effort to provide access to addiction treatment services. Since its inception, 100 women have been helped. Because of the success at the St. Lucy Sober House, The Counseling Center has opened a second St. Lucy Sober House for women. The first St. Lucy Sober House was made possible through the William C. Procter Fund of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Ohio. The church granted $20,000.00. St. Lucys was put into place because we had a waiting list for women seeking treatment that we did not have room in our residential program for, said Susan McComas, director of resource development at The Counseling Center.This was a way to help those women get the help they were seeking. According to The Counseling Center, United Thank Offering, a national womens organization of the Episcopal Church, also recently recognized the importance of sober housing for women when awarding The Counseling Center $16,000 to purchase a meeting table and chairs and a 15-passenger van. With the addition of the van to the program, staff will be able to transport clients to case-managed appointments and counseling and group activities. For more information about the St. Lucy Sober House for Women program, call Andy Albrecht, director of outpatient services at 740-354-6685.
WAYNE ALLEN may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 208, or firstname.lastname@example.org.