This past year has been filled with new leadership, new friends, technology advances, and more inspiring stories of hope. It has been overwhelming how much love and strength Sue Bright, Executive Director, has shown our staff and women in just the few months she has been with us. Sue spent her first two weeks on campus participating in “life as a patient” where she stayed in each home on campus and went through the entire Clinical Schedule all day with the women for over a week. She spent time getting to know our women in residence, staff, and community partners through afternoon teas; it was a wonderful time of fellowship. To find our favorite recipe from those teas read this year’s full Annual Report. She reviews her goals and vision for our future, including the expansion of outpatient services and negotiating with insurance companies to pay for the services that our women need and deserve.
We are excited to announce that we have created an Endowment Fund thanks to a family foundation from a generous community member Christian Foreman Ellis this year. This endowment will allow us to help even more women who are in need of a scholarship to meet their clinically recommended time of treatment. We feel blessed to have served over 200 women this year, as well as twenty children who joined their mothers to receive healing addiction treatment services as a family at NDFW. We have also advanced the way our women receive family support from afar.
We featured our therapy dog, Lola, who is a wonderful care partner for our women. Therapy dogs have long been used with children, in hospitals, and in nursing homes. Lola works with individuals and family member suffering from addiction. As stated in the annual report, “Unconditional puppy love is a great antidote to the shame and guilt that oftentimes comes hand in hand with substance use disorders.”
Thanks to the Mihaylo Family Foundation we have been able to develop a technology lab at our free-standing Outpatient office, as well as a “kiddie corner” in our Daycare which can be used for age-appropriate technology use for children up to the age of 13. There will also be tablets for our clinicians to use on-site. This abundance of technology will allow family support for sessions when women are far from their families. It will allow them to also work on their resumes and job searches once at an IOP/PDP level. They’ll be able to work on their resumes, look for employment or education opportunities, create professional LinkedIn Accounts and more. Technology opens the doors to economic and social freedoms, and we are grateful to have this new resource available to us.
Our patients while in our care learn much about what true self care looks like. They learn that they must fill their own mind, body, and spirit with love and care so that it may overflow into the lives of those around them. Two of our community partners have taken this message to heart and have dedicated time, talent, and treasure to help our women. Beauty From Ashes and Brown Forman have come on our campus to have spa days, trivia nights, painting for art therapy, and so much more to help beautify our campus, and improve our patients’ self-esteem.
To read the full Annual Report, click on the Annual Report image below.