New recovery home for women opens in Walla Walla

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WALLA WALLA — A new place for women, including those with children, to recover from addictions and get a new start over will open its doors Dec. 1.

Oxford House Inc. has been readying a Portland Avenue house to be home for up to seven families headed by women, according to Jason Bliss, outreach services representative at the Tri-Cities Oxford House office.

The program is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction emphasizing self-supporting and drug-free homes that are democratically run by residents.

Having a place to live that is semi-permanent greatly aids relapse prevention, Bliss said.

“At traditional shelters they can’t stay very long,” he said. “And not having housing to go to, they return to the streets or family members with active addictions.”

Two Oxford House residences for men are already established in Walla Walla, he said. “Both are doing well and are full, actually.”

Residents of the homes elect officers yearly and learn teamwork to keep things functioning. They can stay as long as they remain clean and sober and can pay an equal share of house expenses. The average stay is 15 months, Bliss said.

“Extensive studies have shown if a man or woman moves in and stays 15 months, they have an 87 percent chance of success,” he said.

The new house for women needs donations of household supplies and furniture, such as beds, dressers and seating. For more information call Bliss at 509-430-1155.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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Jo99362 9 months, 1 week ago

I wonder what the average payment the women are responsible for paying? I wasn't even aware there were group homes for adults in Walla Walla.

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loplover 1 month ago

I haven't been involved in Oxford House for some time, but lived in one in Tri-Cities for about two years after I got out of rehab, and credit much of my success at remaining sober long-term to the organization. At that time, the expense share members paid was based on a formula that tried to make it affordable for those on fixed incomes and minimum wage workers, usually $300-350 monthly. At that time, most people who got out of treatment in Washington were able to get GAU for 3-6 months at $397 per month, but I understand that's no longer available. Women with children are probably able to get TANF until they can find jobs. It's one of the things that make getting back into society so difficult for those who have been on the streets or in the criminal justice system. Once one has a criminal record, it's very hard to find a job or a place to live. At least the Oxford House will give someone a place to live. Finding a job, however, is still a struggle.

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