The Sage Center
In 2013 EHC partnered with The Family Recovery Program, a nonprofit that seeks to reunite families whose children have been placed in court ordered foster care due to substance abuse issues. Of the many hurdles these families face, finding a place to live is one of the most daunting. Many have criminal records, poor or no credit, and low incomes. Additionally, in order to participate in the Family Recovery Program, client families must attend a variety of classes and group meetings to ensure that they remain drug and alcohol free and that they develop the life skills necessary to become fully self-supporting.
To facilitate all of the above, the Family Recovery Program purchased the former St. Katharine’s Catholic School at 1209 Rose St. in East Baltimore. EHC provided development services during the entire renovation of the 28,000 sq. ft. classroom building. The three above ground floors were converted into 24 two and three-bedroom apartments. The basement level is reserved for classrooms, program areas, administration and community/conference space. Family Recovery Program staff provide 24-hour security and intensive case management to ensure the success of client families. Staff also connects client families with additional services as needed including healthcare, transportation, and job placement.
- Clients of the Family Recovery Program are more than 1.5 times more likely to achieve permanent reunification than non-FRP families.
- On average, children in families served by the FRP spend almost 100 fewer days in non-kinship foster care.
- Parents in the Family Recovery Program are twice as likely to complete substance abuse treatment.
- On average FRP parents spend 1.5 times more days in treatment than non-FRP parents.
These items combine to save the child welfare system an average of $5,022 per family served for a total net savings of just over $1,000,000 per year.