New Joelyn's Home Grand Opening
Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders and other key City and State officials joined Victory Programs staff, clients and friends to officially open New Joelyn’s Home, a state-of-the-art, 24-bed, residential recovery home for women diagnosed with substance addiction. The new facility is in a fully renovated Victorian home in Roxbury. The rehabilitated building provides comprehensive, direct-care addiction recovery services for women for up to a year. It will be staffed by skilled, clinicians and community case managers 24 hours a day.

“I am proud that the City of Boston investment helped create this beautiful new home complete with accessible recovery supports that are readily assisting these women and their families suffering from addiction," said Mayor Walsh. "This is not just a shelter but a front door to counseling, support and permanent housing that is a critical part of our strategy to end substance abuse and chronic homelessness in Boston. Together, we can make Boston a city where no one is left behind no matter your income, or your struggles."

“This is an exciting day for substance addiction treatment in Boston,” says Victory Programs President and CEO, Jonathan Scott. “If it takes a village to raise a child, it took the entire City of Boston to rebuild this magnificent program. We could not have opened this program so quickly without the full support of the City. It’s a miracle, really.”

The first clients moved in to New Joelyn’s Home on Monday, May 15, 2017, and enjoyed a home cooked dinner prepared by Program Director, Henryce Jackson-Gumes. The new program already has a wait-list of more than 70 women ready for residential recovery services, highlighting the continued need for expanded residential recovery home services across the state.

Special thanks to photographer Greig Cranna for capturing the event!
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