For those in recovery, exiting residential treatment directly to independent living can be unsafe, for many reasons. Chief among these is the fact that addicts need a safe and supportive space to practice the tools of recovery they have just learned. This is widely considered an essential foundation for long-term recovery.
Umbrella began addressing the urgent need for local supportive recovery in 2015 by taking over the operation of the aptly named Foundation House, a home for men leaving residential treatment – or, a ‘second stage’ facility. Since then, Umbrella has expanded its housing operations by adding two more recovery houses, Cooper and Potter. These houses, both ‘third stage’ facilities, enable Umbrella to provide continuity of care in recovery by offering a safe place for residents leaving Foundation House. Umbrella also added a second-stage home for women, Hudson House, which was eventually sold. Currently, Umbrella is seeking to re-launch its women’s supportive recovery program by purchasing a suitable home.
In 2019, Umbrella received the Housing Provider of the Year Award in recognition of the success of its housing program, and its role in fostering recovery.
The emphasis at each of our houses is individualized support tailored to the resident’s specific needs. For this reason, no limits are placed on duration of stay: in conjunction with support staff, each resident will chart a safe path and plan for exit. Further, residents do not have to comply with a rigid daily schedule. Provided that they focus on their recovery, they are free to pursue work, volunteering, or school while housed by Umbrella. Another focus of Umbrella housing is fostering of community. As such, residents must pitch in and complete daily chores, attend a weekly house meeting, and generally exhibit a friendly, collaborative and helpful attitude. Finally, Umbrella adheres to a philosophy that recovery should be affordable. Each resident thus pays an all-inclusive rent which is reasonable for those of limited means.
To learn more about our award-winning housing program, please call our office at 250-380-0595.