Sacred Ground

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MISSION: To advocate the importance of gender-specific residential drug treatment homes for women with children.

Our group has been working for several years on our latest project. We have researched, interviewed and compiled statistics. Our conclusion: Women with children need a gender-specific residential treatment home for alcohol and drug dependency.

Women often do not seek the residential care they need, because in many cases their children are taken away from them and put into foster care or lodged with relatives. Often these relatives are themselves stressed, due to family issues and poverty. The only solution is to provide a safe, professionally-operated residence where women and children can live, grow and thrive.

Often, substance abuse issues involve whole families in cycles of domestic violence, petty crime, sexual abuse and neglect. By helping women in recovery and working with children and families, we can help to break those cycles and heal many hurting people.

Imagine our delight when we found that other groups in Racine had come to the same conclusion! We have since joined forces with representatives of Meta House (a residential treatment center in Milwaukee), Racine Psychological Services, HALO, ADAM, City of Racine Office of Strategic Partnerships, Gateway Technical College, Women's Re-Entry Initiative, Kenosha County AODA efforts and various other groups that deal with substance abuse issues.

The Racine Community Foundation supports activities that will improve our community. At this writing, we are awaiting a decision from them on a grant we are seeking. The grant application stated that the money, if approved, would enable us to study the feasibility of joining forces with Meta House and the State of Wisconsin's Healthy Children Project.

Our next steps would involve doing due diligence to make sure we have experienced and knowledgeable partners in this endeavor and that our ideas are workable. Then we can begin to educate the community and community leaders; raise the necessary funds; find and license a proper facility; employ professional counselors, etc.

If you would like to be part of this exciting project, providing shelter and professional care for afflicted women and children, we invite you to join us. We meet regularly at St. Richard Parish House on the third Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m.

Members of Sacred Ground include: Bob Bagley, Lou Barrera, Jill Mengesha, Monique Monroe, Sandy Roberts, Faith and Howard Wirtz and Jane Witt.


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