By now, we know the drill, yes? I tell you about a really cool organization doing important work, you leave a comment, I give them more money. Fun, right? More details here.
No GMMA extravaganza would be complete without an appearance by this next organization:
Like the Cara Program, the Women’s Treatment Center takes a problem — in this case, addiction — and provides concrete, essential services to help women address it. There are thousands of children in the Chicago area alone whose parents struggle with drug addiction. For women with children, beating drug addiction is not just about beating the substance- it’s about figuring out who is going to care for your children while you do, and repairing your relationship with them as you get better.
The mission of The Women’s Treatment Center is “to provide women with a continuum of care, recovery tools, and parenting skills to maintain a sober lifestyle as they rebuild their lives and mend the bonds with their families.”
TWTC provides essential medical, mental health, and social services in a setting that can accommodate children in residential treatment. That means that while they are receiving treatment, mothers receive parenting classes and guidance, and are able to continue to build and repair relationships with their children, rather than being separated from them for weeks or months at a time. TWTC is also one of the few facilities in the country that has a crisis nursery, which can provide 24-hour care for a woman’s children when she is unable to care for them herself. This reduces one of the major barriers to treatment, as a woman can enter detox knowing that her children are safe, well cared for, and close.
In short, The Women’s Treatment Center is committed to helping women conquer substance abuse while honoring, protecting, and building essential family relationships. Its programs address the parallel issues of treating substance abuse and taking proactive steps to prevent child abuse and neglect. It’s an important place, and I’m happy to support them every year. Thank you all for helping, too.