Georgia’s Healing House Opened September 2015 and is providing a safe, structured living environment to assist women in recovery from drug and/or alcohol addiction, and from the wounds of trauma and mental health challenges that often accompany such addictions. Women need a home to heal and become healthy, self-reliant and productive members of our community. Our house is built on evidenced-based models for women in recovery and is providing this.

Georgia's Friends Announces:
2019 - An Exciting Direction for Georgia’s Healing House

The Board is pleased to announce that Mary Anne Grant joined Georgia’s Healing House as Interim Executive Director on January 7, 2019. Mary Anne has 30 years of experience in nonprofit development and management and actively volunteers with a number of local organizations.

The Board wishes to acknowledge outgoing Executive Director, Sue Hess, who started working at Georgia’s Friends in 2015. Sue’s contributions during the early days were very important for the growth of Georgia’s Healing House.
Georgia’s Healing House continues to be well-served by Heather Kellams, Director of Development, Community Relations and Programming, and Kimberly Wilson, Office Administrator. Mary Anne, Heather, and Kimberly can be reached at our new office number: 434-284-7817.

​​​​A memory lives on...

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Georgia's Friends​


Jane Avary Barbour​​


February 3, 1951 - June 8, 2006

​​Georgia’s Friends came together in 2006 after their friend, Georgia, died in a jail cell following a long struggle with alcoholism. We believed that Georgia would be alive if she had a safe house in which to recover and heal from her disease. ​​​

We founded Georgia’s Friends, receiving non-profit 501(c)(3) status in 2010. Our vision is a healing house for women, providing them with a supportive living environment as they maintain sobriety and build a new life after treatment or incarceration. This year, 50 committed community folks, with support from Mental Health America   of Charlottesville-Albemarle, formed a community council to launch Georgia’s Healing House.

Our Mission: Georgia's Healing House, a signature initiative of Georgia's Friends provides a safe,        therapeutic and structured home for adult women in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse and mental health challenges.