Transitional housing program changing lives while keeping families together

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“I truly appreciate all the things Y’all have done and do for me, turning me into the woman I always wanted to be. God bless all.” – a current resident of the Centerstone Transitional Housing and Treatment Program for Women

In January, the Community Foundation awarded a proactive grant to Centerstone for a new transitional housing and substance abuse treatment program for women. The six-bed program is Bloomington’s first to serve women recovering from substance abuse disorders who are pregnant or who have young children. This recovery option enables mothers to keep their young children with them, rather than leave children with family members or in foster care.

We are happy to share that all six resident beds are occupied, with five potential clients on the waitlist. Since the program’s launch in April, Centerstone has served 13 women in recovery from substance use disorders, including one pregnant woman. During her time in the program, her case manager helped her obtain baby care items such as clothing, a car seat, a pack-n-play, and other essentials that she could take with her when she left. Centerstone program directors were also able to connect her to a recovery coach, health coach, rehab specialist, and psychiatrist. This young woman will continue to have access to Centerstone care teams to connect her to additional services to further her recovery and safely care for her new child.

“Our work with our community’s most marginalized and vulnerable children and families is possible thanks to funding from the Community Foundation,” said Beth Rodriguez, Centerstone Director of Advancement. “At Centerstone, we see firsthand the power of the Community’s Foundation’s generosity and the passion of their leadership and donors. They are truly changing and saving lives and, for that, we could not be more grateful.”