2018-02-01 / Community News

Milestone to open women’s recovery

Milestone Recovery has announced plans to create a new addiction recovery housing program for low-income women in the Portland area, made possible through a $400,000 grant from the Next Generation Foundation, as well as a posthumous gift from the Frank T. Cary and Anne C. Cary Charitable Trust. When opened sometime in mid- 2018, it will increase the availability of affordable addiction recovery housing opportunities for women in Maine.

According to a representative of the Next Generation Foundation, “this project closely fits with Next Gen’s mission to fund projects that serve vulnerable people in vulnerable parts of Maine. This recovery house is greatly needed and will serve women from everywhere in Maine.”

“This very generous grant from the Next Generation Foundation makes it possible for us to take the next step in our process, which is purchasing a building to house the program,” said Bob Fowler, executive director of Milestone Recovery. “We’re currently seeking additional funding to outfit the building and establish recovery support programs there.”

“This will be high-quality, gender- specific, addiction recovery housing for low-income women,” he said. “They are a group that has faced barriers when seeking stable, drug and alcoholfree living environments. Our new facility will enhance the services currently available to the recovery community.”

Locations for the new facility are still being considered. The goal is to locate it in Portland.

According to Fowler, women seeking addiction recovery housing in Portland have reported that existing programs either lacked openings or were too expensive, and the cost of private recovery houses were beyond the reach of many needing followup care.

Milestone Recovery operates a detoxification program, emergency shelter and homeless outreach program in Portland, and an extended care program in Old Orchard Beach.

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