The Healing Place

 The mixture of opportunity and responsibility allows for our exceptionally high success rate.

How It Works

Now a nationally-recognized recovery program for men and women, The Healing Place was founded in 1989 as a homeless shelter and medical clinic for men. Every day we provide food, clothing, and shelter at no cost to more than 600 clients seeking help for their addictions. 


The primary purpose of Detox is to detoxify and stabilize the individual from drugs and/or alcohol.

The secondary function of Detox is to prepare him or her to participate in the Recovery Program and to a life in recovery. Here they begin to identify a common problem and a common solution.

During their stay, we supply clients with food, shelter and clothing; familiarize them with the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous; talk to them about withdrawal; and orient them to The Healing Place’s unique program.

Off the Streets

Clients accepted into The Healing Place's Recovery Program begin their Off the Streets (OTS) expeirence in the OTS - Safe Haven portion of the program. During this 14 day period, clients feel more protected by remaining on The Healing Place property, except for court dates and medical appointments. During this time, clients attend approximately 80 classes and 12 Step meetings while they become acclimated to The Healing Place environment. OTS Safe Haven clients are housed with OTS clients and begin bonding with those who have already begun the motivational phase of The Healing Place Recovery Program. 

OTS is the motivational phase of the recovery program of The Healing Place. Once in the long-term residential program, clients work with peers in similar circumstances to motivate one another to adopt social skills and to learn core principles central to Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous programs.

Our OTS program is where clients come to understand the concept of the physical allergy. Day classes are held off campus at the Healing Centers at 4th and St. Catherine (men) as well as 15th and Kentucky (women). These classes are where clients begin accepting their self-centered-disease problem and its spiritual solution. Our clients also learn the basics of responsibility and move away from a "street" mentality. Along the way, they make a commitment to the solution.

The Recovery Stage

The Recovery Stage (Phase I) is where clients learn how to apply the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous in their lives with the program curriculum. This curriculum consists of classes and written assignments. All clients are assisted through the process by Peer Mentors, which are men and women who have completed the program.

The first part of this stage stresses personal accountability – being on time for classes and meetings, completing job assignments, etc. – and encourages clients to look at their own behavior. This is facilitated at the Community meeting.

The second part focuses on interpersonal skills, stressing concern and accountability for others in the program. This is achieved through role modeling, holding peers accountable for their actions, and by giving support to others.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are men and women who have completed the program.

They volunteer to serve as leaders and role models for those who are newer in the program. Peer mentors teach classes, monitor assignments, coordinate job assignments and work one-on-one with people who are moving through the recovery process. Peer mentors demonstrate The Healing Place philosophy that the best solution is one alcoholic/addict reaching back to help another along the journey to recovery.

Overnight Shelter

The Overnight Shelter provides meals and a safe place for homeless men and women. It is designed with few barriers and rules in order to allow as many overnight guests as possible. Both men's and women's overnight shelters are "wet," i.e. a man or woman may spend the night while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Emphasis is placed on role modeling positive change for the overnight guests to demonstrate that people can change their lives and get off the streets.