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April 24, 2019

4/2/2019 9:41:00 AM
Dodgeville's long term recovery house is now a go!
Iowa County has been faced with an opioid epidemic that has plagued its rural communities for the past decade or more. This epidemic has resulted in an increase of medical emergencies, and deaths resulting in accidental overdoses.
In many situations, recovering individuals from rural southwestern Wisconsin often times return to unfavorable habits, due to a lack of long term recovery homes in this area. The nearest recovery house is in either Dubuque or Madison areas.
Efforts have been made to address the problem, and a local organization has been hard at work for the last couple years to provide a safe environment for those recovering from their addictions; and also lessen the risk of reoffending, hospitalization, incarcerations or fatal overdoses.
Soon, that will become reality.
Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, Inc. (SWCAP) is announcing that Dodgeville will soon be a location for a long term recovery house, for four to six women fighting their battle against addictions.
Kimberly Hill, Director of the Recovery Pathways Program through SWCAP, announced that they closed on the property on March 7, and the hope is to be open by April 1.
"It is has taken a little time to get the wraparound services in place so that the women can be successful in their new home," said Hill.
In December of 2017, SWCAP received a five year grant that created the Southwestern Wisconsin Recovery Pathways program, which provides wraparound services for individuals struggling with alcohol and drug addiction problems.
The wraparound services include working with medical and counseling services, and providing job skills services through the Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR); as well as sessions with Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), and other recovery meetings.
The house was the focus for last fall's SWCAP annual fundraiser. Bridget Mouchon-Humphrey, Project Director for SWCAP said that funds raised from the 2018 gala went towards a down payment for the property.
"The house will be one of two properties in Dodgeville, one for each gender," Mouchon-Humphrey said. "There will be two other properties in Richland Center."
The house will be self run, with full time peer specialists on site. Peer specialists are individuals, hired through the initiative, who have had real life experience with recovery and will give ongoing supportive case management.
The Opportunity House, the name of the residence, will be located on West Merrimac Street in Dodgeville.
"We wanted somewhere central where people can get their groceries, go to the pantry, or attend drug court," Hill said.
Hill added that individuals coming to the Opportunity House are in transition from inpatient to outpatient services.
"They have to be in some type of treatment," Hill said. "The house is for people who want it, not need it."
Residents are expected to help with house duties and pay a $400 program fee-and attend evidence-based recovery support groups. This is all done to help individuals living and participating in the Opportunity housing program, and remove them from unsafe environments and establish a new and healthier way of living.
Now that the property is acquired, works are being made to have the property comfortable by the time residents arrive. Hill said that the beds and dressers have been purchased. A hotel from Platteville also made donations of end tables.
Donations still can be made and the house is looking for gently used, or new towels, dishes, small appliances, brooms, mops, twin size comforters, sheets, pillows, and games for adult women. There is also a request for a dinette set, as women will make their meals together.
Hill said there have been many donations to date, and she is grateful to all who have helped along the way.
"We've had quite a bit of people giving an outpouring of community support, and wanting to help," Hill said. "We're just getting our ducks in row now, and we'll see how this goes."
To learn more about The Opportunity House, or to donate items, please contact Kimberly Hill at k.hill@swcap.org.






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