Children of Addicts Recovery Program (CARP)
.After 37 years of providing shelter for abused children and their mothers, the Anaheim-based Eli Home implemented a new program in September 2019. The Eli Home Residential Recovery Program provides housing and extensive case managed program services to homeless children and their mothers with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs). Recovering mothers may also be victims of domestic violence, and children are victims of abuse and neglect. This program fills a critical need in the continuum of care for the homeless in the City of Anaheim, and in the wider community. No other shelter program serves abused and neglected children and their recovering moms together. Participants come from the City of Anaheim and the surrounding area in Orange County. Participants are from extremely low, very low, and low-income categories, make less than $25,000 annually from all sources, have limited or no support systems, and have no other housing option. The Eli Home has provided services to homeless families since 1983.
Programming addresses critical barriers to independent living by helping clients maintain sobriety, improve self-esteem, manage legal issues, locate and secure stable housing, and gain initial job skills and teaching financial literacy and parenting skills. With help from the program staff, clients develop individualized treatment plans addressing any legal or custody issues that may complicate employment. Included in the treatment plan is a preliminary employment action plan. The preliminary plan remains flexible and is discussed and reviewed regularly with client and Case Manager.
Staff trains family members to recognize and avoid stressors that could cause relapse and to trust and cooperate with each other in that effort. Activities include assistance with finding safe, stable housing from the time moms enter the program, life skills training, including budgeting and financial matters that may affect housing placement and retention, including how to estimate and maintain a monthly budget, balance a checkbook, access and review on-line bank statements and credit reports, maintain a bank account, and improve a good credit score and maintain it, job training, as appropriate, which can include interviewing skills, resume creation, workplace etiquette, job search/placement, weekly meetings to evaluate moms’ adherence to the signed management plan at client intake. If off-site activities are required by the treatment provider, on-site staff coordinates and/or provides
The three main objectives of the Residential Recovery Program are:
1. Decrease homelessness and child abuse in the community by providing residential recovery services to recovering addicted mothers with children that address recovery needs and children’s needs together in a safe, stable living environment, eliminating additional trauma to the child and recovering mother caused by the separation of the family unit.
2. Increase recovering addicted mothers’ achievement of long term sobriety by giving families the knowledge, structure, and support they need by providing evidenced based, trauma informed individual and conjoint sessions, early recovery skills groups, relapse prevention groups, family education groups, and social support groups, provided by Twin Town Treatment Centers(or other licensed SUDs provider organization) and the Residential Recovery Shelter program.
3. Increase recovering addicted mothers’ successful re-entry into the community through addressing the impacts of substance use in all major life areas, employment, legal, family, medical, financial and offer alternatives to past dysfunctional behaviors through implementation of evidence-based programs that improve social skills, increase social responsibility, increase parenting skills, allow better understanding of emotions and their effects on decision making and communication with family members, co-workers and loved ones, and support location of safe, secure housing.