When asked about the genesis of our newest residential program, House of Hope, our Associate Executive Director Cynthia Adams said it best. She gestured to our mission statement hanging on her wall and said: “our mission calls us to serve suffering children of the street and to protect and safeguard all children.”
The word we focus on is “all.” ALL children, not the brightest children nor the hardest working children, or the children that don’t cause heartache and headache. We are called to serve all children.
This is where the idea for House of Hope (HoH) was born. A residential program specifically to treat young people with co-occurring disorders, mental illness plus substance abuse in addition to being homeless.
These young people are at the scariest moment in their lives. They have most likely untreated mental illness and are trying to cope with it by using illegal substances to dull what they’re feeling and try and make their problems go away. These same young people are shut out from all other shelters because they act out or are difficult to control.
These young people have nowhere else to go. So we welcome them.
Once they come to Covenant House Michigan, they will be put into a smaller cohort of their peers, in a smaller building on our Detroit campus. Residents will utilize the Clubhouse Model of Psychosocial Rehabilitation which empowers people with mental illness by focusing on their strengths and abilities, not their illness. At HoH residents, will have access to art therapy, pet therapy, group, and individual therapy, medication management, and sobriety and recovery programs.
As part of the Clubhouse Model, they will all contribute to the daily function of HoH, which is integral in making sure meal preparation, laundry, cleaning, and group activities will be planned and completed together.
By treating both addiction and a mental health disorder at the same time, we will be able to address each resident’s unique relapse triggers such as depression, mood swings, or panic attacks as well as continuing to strengthen their critical ability to overcome their illness while moving through the sobriety process.
Through generous donations from the DeGroot Family Foundation, Mission and Ministry-Daughters of Charity, the Center for Arab American Philanthropy-Teen Board, the Flinn Foundation and the Hugh and Helena Brogan Foundation, Covenant House Michigan has been blessed with the funds to help make this dream a reality.
We plan on opening House of Hope in the first quarter of 2019. For the last 22 years, we’ve been known as a safe haven for young people in Detroit. House of Hope is here to make sure ALL children, no matter what, are treated with absolute respect and unconditional love.