Jane Avary Barbour
February 3, 1951 - June 8, 2006
Georgia’s Healing House Opened September 2015 and is providing a safe and 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.
Our Mission: Georgia's Healing House, a program offered by Georgia's Friends provides a safe and structured home for adult women in the early stages of recovery from substance abuse and mental health challenges.
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 to have a supportive living environment as they maintain sobriety and build a new life after incarceration or treatment. 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.