Local Addiction Recovery Program Announces Expansion

| September 23, 2012
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In celebration of over 40 years of service, the Samaritan House, a residential care facility for men suffering from alcohol and drug addiction, is launching a “Campus of Recovery” campaign to raise funds for expansion.

The $600,000 expansion plans include the construction of an additional dormitory and space for out-patient counseling and support programs, establishing a one-stop location for comprehensive treatment services.

“Our goal is to build on the recognized quality of the Samaritan House and create a model program of comprehensive recovery care,” said Kirk Noonan, president of the Samaritan House Board of Directors. “Currently, we support over 60 clients a year for 2 months or more of transitional counseling and there is always a waiting list. The need is out there.”

Samaritan House was founded on West Street in Annapolis in 1971 by a group of recovering addicts who saw the need for residential care. The operation moved to eight wooded acres off Forest Drive in 1986. In this serene location, clients participate in counseling, relapse prevention and life-skills training under the guidance of professional staff. Samaritan House is the only certified halfway house in the Annapolis area exclusively for men.

The current Samaritan House property includes a 16-bed living facility and 9-bed transitional house. The expansion will allow for up to 16 additional beds as well as space for out-patient counseling and support activities.

To date, almost $300,000 has been committed toward the $600,000 goal. A state challenge grant of $100,000 will offer a dollar-for-dollar match of new monies committed to the campaign. The public launch of the Campus of Recovery campaign will take place at the Samaritan House’s celebration dinner on October 26 at Quiet Waters Park, where artist renderings of the new campus will be displayed.

“Our motto in working with clients has always been ‘we can do together what I can’t do alone’,” Noonan said. “That same idea applies to the growth of Samaritan House. With community support we can aid more local families affected by the ravages of addiction.”

For more information about the dinner or how you can contribute to the Campus of Recovery Campaign, contact Kirk Noonan at kirknoonan@comcast.net. Information is also available at www.samhouseannapolis.org

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