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.
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.
Jane Avary Barbour
February 3, 1951 - June 8, 2006
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One evening during a weekly staff meeting Georgia's Healing House, (GHH) community dinner, women residents shared the various reasons why living at this home and working a program was helping them in their journey of recovery. An abundance of responses were shared. Some of these included; peer support, stable housing, structure, accountability, finding jobs, assistance with health & mental health care, and reconnection to family and friends.
The one universal response however, was that GHH provided them with HOPE; the feeling that what is wanted can be had; the expectation that things will go well in the future; the belief that difficult challenges and adverse conditions can be overcome. This seemed to be the most vital reason for the women's positive changes in their recovery journey.
It is our belief at Georgia's Healing House that having, "HOPE" is the foundation of recovery.
This Spring Georgia's Healing House, a home for women in the early stages of recovery from alcohol and/or drug addiction will launch our, "Hope Health One Day At A Time" campaign.
The women at Georgia's Healing House, "HOPE" you will support our campaign, so we can continue to stay in recovery, reunite with our families, findsafe and affordable housing, maintain and acquire employment and conduct meaningful, healthy, joyful and purposeful lives.
The women of Georgia's Healing House thank you so very much for your support!