Community Organization Spotlight: Stephen’s Place
Stephen’s Place is a halfway house and reintegration program for men leaving prison and recovering from substance abuse. It helps these men get a strong start as they transition back into the community. Stephen’s Place focuses on empowering the residents to internalize a strong recovery program, develop a good work ethic, and improve basic life skills in a safe, spiritual environment.
The First Phase Program covers the first 90 days of a resident’s stay at Stephen’s Place. It covers room and board until they are employed, and provides a monthly bus pass for use in their job search, employment, and treatment. In addition to clothes and personal care items, the First Phase Program provides group and individual counseling. Opportunities for recreational activities that help to teach participants how to interact with each other without drugs and alcohol so they can develop a healthy lifestyle once they leave Stephen’s Place are also offered. Examples include a trip to the New Jersey shore, bowling, go-cart racing, or simply enjoying a meal together at a family restaurant.