To provide housing and services to overcome homelessness and addiction.
A community where a pathway toward self-sufficiency exists for women, children, and families.
“If it weren’t for DWC, Lord only knows where my life would be at this point and my child’s as well”
Christal, Abba house resident along with her 18 month old son.
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DWC is prepared to tackle the problems of homelessness and addiction in our community:
- Abba House and Haven House recovery programs are making a big difference in the lives of homeless women in recovery and their children
- The Transitional Housing Program offers case management to families and individuals as they begin working toward self sufficiency in housing situations.
- The Meridian apartments are a positive choice for low-income individuals including the elderly the handicapped and the disabled.
- Our retail stores offer on the job training and employment for a segment of society that is considered ‘unemployable by many.
- Our case managers work closley wih Texas Panhandle Centers ( TPC ) to meet the emotional and mental health needs of our clients.
DWC is the only long-term (2-year) addiction recovery program for homeless women in the Texas Panhandle. Haven House is the entry level for the program. We provide regular one-on-one counseling with a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) well as four group meetings a week. The women are also required to attend four 12-step program meetings each week. The case manager at Haven House helps each woman with social services – obtaining proper identification documents, enrolling for District Clinic medical assistance, applying for HUD (the waiting list is 24 months), GED or college level courses, etc.
Once a woman has successfully completed several months of recovery at Haven House, she is given the opportunity to move to Abba House. The Abba House program still provides counseling and social services and the women are still required to attend 12-step program meetings. However, they only participate in one weekly meeting. They also live more independently in a very small apartment. There is also the prospect of having one of their children live with them at Abba House.
The DWC Addiction Recovery Program is a continuum of care. When a woman successfully completes the program, she is given choices about her next step, including DWC’s Transitional Housing Program and/or Meridian Apartments.
DWC is offering healing and hope to the women in our program by providing them with education about their disease, counseling to overcome issues in their past, and spiritual guidance for the future. We have a proven success record in that 81% of the women that graduate our program are clean and sober five years later.
DWC provides the case management for the Transitional Housing Program while the City of Amarillo provides the rental assistance. All of the families participating are considered homeless up to completion of the two-year program. Homes or apartments are located throughout the city and the rent is based upon income and the number of persons in the family. All participants are required to attend a monthly group meeting and in-office meeting with the case manager. The case manager also conducts one home visit to each family per month. People entering the Transitional Housing program must currently be living in a homeless shelter with the referral coming from such. Upon successfully completing the program participants qualify for Section 8 (HUD) housing.
Meridian Apartments is a 34-unit complex providing quality, affordable housing for low-income individuals. Many graduates of DWC’s Recovery Program choose to move to Meridian Apartments. Meridian Apartments is a positive living environment for many elderly, disabled, and mentally-handicapped individuals. DWC offers social services counseling to any resident upon request.
DWC’s retail stores have three purposes: to provide jobs for the homeless, handicapped, and others deemed ‘unemployable’; to tithe out of our donations to those in need; to provide funding for the programs and administration of DWC. Our stores also offer job skills training to the women in our Recovery Program, providing them with a safe place of employment in the journey towards sobriety. Our stores work closely with over sixty area agencies and churches by donating clothing, household items, furniture, and appliances to the poor. Since opening in 2003 DWC has given away over $364,000.00 in merchandise.