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About the Program
Mission: To provide a 24-hour service that meets the needs of the individual, whatever they may be.
Values: The participant’s willingness to recover is enough to receive help from Dee’s Place.
Beliefs: “We live for the love to serve and serve to live.”
Goals: To serve people seeking assistance in recovery from alcohol and other substances.
Objectives: Dee’s Place aims to assist people seeking help with recovery by hosting 12-step meetings, referring individuals to appropriate drug treatment programs and connecting them to appropriate support services for their housing, legal, health and mental health services, job training and other needs.
Format: 1:1 and Group
People served: Individuals seeking recovery services
Program location: Baltimore, MD
People in the Program
Dee’s Place has 10 staff members who run group meetings, offer 1:1 counseling and peer support.
Recruitment & selection: Staff and volunteers have been through a recovery program themselves and are recruited to help others.
Motivation: Staff and volunteers may be motivated by the recovery successes they see and the difference they can make; they may be motivated by each other to do the best they can; and they may be motivated to continue their work because it can help with their own recovery.
Sustaining the Program
|France-Merrick Foundation provided the critical funding that enabled the start-up of Dee’s Place, and the funding to keep it going for the first four years. Current funding for Dee’s Place is provided by Baltimore Substance Abuse Systems, Inc. and The Abell Foundation.|
Challenges and Solutions
Funding and resources: Dee’s Place actively works through the Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition to find funding and partner programs.
Participants who come in for immediate help but might not be ready to commit to recovery: Because the staff and volunteers have been in their position, they provide understanding and are ready to offer support as and when needed
Mentors and counselors are affected by the struggles of participants: The staff and volunteers support each other and give each other the time and freedom to step away and recoup.
Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC)