In May of 2016, a meeting was convened by the 317 Board in Athens County to address the need for recovery housing for women with substance abuse issues in Athens County.
Resoundingly concluded by all agencies present: the need is critical. The foster care system is overloaded, the number of babies born with neonatal abstinence syndrome is triple the state average, and too many young women are dying in our region. A call to action ensued. The founders’ groups, comprised of local woman with considerable experience in the recovery community, are personally and deeply familiar with the individual stories behind the grim statistics. Further, the founders have professional and personal backgrounds in creating institutions from the fruits of innovative discussion.
Women for Recovery became a 501c3 nonprofit organization in March 2017 and closed in July on their primary location: Serenity Grove. Located just outside the city of Athens and nestled among stately oak, hickory and chestnut trees, the house can accommodate up to eight women in a safe, secure, and sober environment. At Serenity Grove, women dedicated to the eventual goal of transitioning back into independent living will hone the skills necessary to live free of drugs and alcohol.