Addicted mothers are the greatest under-served population in DC.
- Nearly a thousand families with 2,000 children are homeless in DC
- Almost all of these families are female-headed
- Approximately 50% of homeless mothers are drug and/or alcohol dependent
Without options for childcare, mothers face two bad choices: either give up their children in order to undergo treatment, or continue to parent while addicted.
In response to this critical need, Samaritan Inns is beginning a new program that allows mothers to bring their children with them as they undergo treatment.
- In addition to traditional services such as addictions counseling and life skills training, mothers will receive trauma therapy and training in cooking, parenting, and family health
- On-site professional care provided for young children
- Older children receive support with school and homework, mental health services, and drug prevention counseling
The new program will serve 75 women and children per year in the renovated A. James Clark Inn facility and accompanying carriage house, owned by Samaritan Inns.
- Allows mothers and children to share meals and sleep under the same roof
- Creates a pathway for self-sufficiency as a family