Verdun House Continues Outreach Through The Holidays
The Verdun House team is working towards the holidays on a hopeful note and looking to the New Year to continue their efforts in recovery for those affected by addiction. The team is expanding its educational fund and putting plans in place for the opening of a women’s facility next year. Speaking about the work at the […]
By Verdun House
December 5, 2013
The Verdun House team is working towards the holidays on a hopeful note and looking to the New Year to continue their efforts in recovery for those affected by addiction. The team is expanding its educational fund and putting plans in place for the opening of a women’s facility next year.
Speaking about the work at the facility, Director of Human Resources, Communication and Client Development, Marietta Carrington shares that “Verdun House is a residential substance abuse treatment facility for men affected by the social disease of addiction. By providing a place where healing and restoration occur, we are seeking to maintain the quality of life in Barbados by taking drug, alcohol and other substance abusers into a supportive space and often away from a life of crime.”
To support their outreach, the Verdun House team has developed and is seeking to sustain an educational fund to support clients in learning valuable life skills and training. This project will help clients transition into the workplace and continue the recovery process.
Speaking about the fund, Marietta notes that contributions to the fund will be used to pay tuition fees and to purchase books, CDs, DVDs and other audio-visual materials to support the process. One of the initiatives within the educational development project is to participate in the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Second Chance Programme. The Second Chance Programme gives clients the opportunity to complete their formal education. This training comprises technical and non-technical elements that are tailored specifically to high-risks groups.
As the Verdun House team continues to support clients with a comprehensive recovery support program, the team is also expanding its outreach in 2014 with the eagerly anticipated development of a women’s facility, which will be located ten minutes away from the men’s facility in St. John. According to Verdun House’s Clinical Director, Jacqui Lewis, this facility will be a great resource. Jacqui shares that “in the last ten years, it has been our experience that the number of women affected by substance abuse has almost doubled. It is crucial that we develop a facility to support our women, most of whom are the foundations of our families.
As the Verdun House team continues to work on the development of the women’s facility and the educational development fund, which will support both communities, the team looks forward to your continued support and openness to learning about addiction and recovery.