The Healing Place (THP) was established on November 9, 2000 to create a long-term residential recovery facility for homeless men with addiction. In October 2003, before our facility was open for use, we partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Health Systems to open a temporary 6-bed Social Detoxification Unit located on the grounds of the hospital. THP opened its doors at 700 Dinwiddie Avenue on March 2, 2005. The development of THP in Richmond was a recommendation of the Richmond Task Force on Homelessness. Richmond City Council created the task force in 1997 to make recommendations for improvements to the growing problem of homelessness in the city. In 1998, Homeward completed a Continuum of Care Study that estimated on any given night in the city of Richmond there are 1,600 homeless men, women and children. The 1998 study identified a demand for 578 long term residential recovery beds for the homeless with addictions - - currently, THP provides 214 beds. The task force reviewed approaches from several communities across the country and determined that the THP model from Louisville, Kentucky was worth replication in Richmond. This model was recognized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services as a “Model That Works” – a program that can produce better than average outcomes.
 A Homeward study conducted in Janaury 2007 showed that the number of homeless persons in the region decreased to 1,100, however the demand for services for chronically homeless (those with substance abuse and mental health issues) remains high.
The Residential Recovery Program lasts 9–14 months where clients work closely with staff to complete the Recovery Dynamics curriculum, which is based on the 12-Step program of Alcoholics Anonymous. Clients participate in a unique social model that relies on self governance to achieve individual change. The program design allows the group, guided by the Program Director, to be responsible for dealing with individual behavioral problems. This is accomplished through the ‘community’ meeting where attendance is required & behavioral issues are discussed openly in a structured format. Consequences for inappropriate behavior are suggested by members of the community & then voted on. All members must vote. The goal is to resolve issues & encourage clients to take ownership in the program. The result is two-fold: (1) clients begin to develop a sense of improved personal responsibility; & (2) barriers between staff & clients, that can often inhibit the recovery process, are broken down.
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