Home For Women In Recovery Opens In CantonPosted: Updated:
They came to take it all in. They came to congratulate – even to play. They came to learn about Grace House – St. Lawrence County's first home for women in recovery.
“This is really to help get them back into the rhythm of live in a safe, supportive way. So they can work. They can come and go freely,” said Erin White, Grace House live-in director.
It has been eight years in the making. People from churches across St. Lawrence County were behind it. It will have a Christian, faith-based approach.
“Felt very often the spiritual dimension was something that was missing in treatment that people were receiving,” said Carolyn White, New Hope Transformation House Ministries:
It's in the former Grace Episcopal Church parsonage in Canton. Women there will have already undergone inpatient or out-patient addiction therapy. This will be the last step before going to their own home.
The founders of Grace House had to overcome many obstacles. One of them was Canton's zoning. They had to obtain a special use permit and, in six months, village officials will evaluate how it's going.”
People were concerned how the home might affect the neighborhood. Erin White emphasized the women are screened; not everyone can come. They're hoping for success with everyone that does.
“A lot of people out there that are struggling. And we exist to help them cross that threshold to thriving, instead of just surviving.” said Erin White.
No one could say for sure why there has never been something like this for women in the county before. Now there is.