Monday, the Destiny Recovery Center will realize its long-awaited dream of opening a sober living facility that provides education, support and hope for women through continued sobriety.
Founder Judy Cavnar says women who enter the sober living facility will find a safe, secure and encouraging atmosphere that allows for women to become strong in their sobriety.
“We will be empowering her to empower herself,” Cavnar says.
Cavnar started the Destiny Recover Center, a non-profit organization with the goal of providing a place where alcohol- and drug-abusing women could go to beat the addiction by becoming productive members
of the community. After spending years on the board of Broadway House, a sober living facility for men, she saw a need for developing a similar facility for women. She says there are less facilities specifically designed for women, despite the growing need of women turning to structured sober living programs.
“Broadway House led us here,” Cavnar says about the support and guidance by the Ardmore non-profit. “We could not have done this without the Broadway House. They carried us until we could carry ourselves.”
The Destiny Recovery Center will be able to house 14 women at a time. Women who enter the center will have already completed treatment and have a desire to remain sober. Each woman will undergo an individual needs assessment once they arrive. For some women, the assessment could concentrate on continuing their education for achieving the employment they desire. For others, it may concern how to get their children back, removed from their care due to addiction. Each assessment will end in a plan with goals for which the woman will strive while living at the center.
Weekly, the women will go through a variety of classes. There will be classes centered on how to avoid risky behavior, identifying domestic abuse and how to develop healthy relationships, but other classes will center on basic life skills. A health-educator will instruct the women on parenting skills, nutrition, finances, cleaning a home and personal hygiene.
Cavnar said some women become addicted to drugs and alcohol early in their lives and may never have written a grocery list, balanced a check book or cooked a healthy dinner for their family. The curriculum taught will get the women back on track for becoming independent women able to take care of themselves and their families once they leave Destiny.
The center believes the most effective way of a person achieving lifelong sobriety is through encouragement and strength through education. At the center, women will find a social support system to whom they can turn for guidance and comfort.
“Our job is to help you become the best you can be,” Cavnar says.
Women will also be encouraged to find a “church family” while living at the center, which is not a faith-based entity. Women may choose the faith and church to attend. A dozen churches have already made contact with the center to arrange rides for services on Sundays.
“We believe a church family is extremely important because the church family will stay with you after we are gone,” Cavnar says.
Ardmore is already home to Naomi House, a Christian-based non-profit with a recovery and rehabilitation program for women. Cavnar says programs like Naomi House, Broadway House and now Destiny are key for many men and women achieving lifelong sobriety and becoming productive members of society.
“We have to lose the stigma that comes with addiction and the incarceration of our men and women, and think more in the way of support and rehabilitation,” Cavnar said. “Places like this are a wonderful start. Your tax dollar is not spent on housing them. The alternative is they become employed, thus becoming taxpayers. They become parents again. They become self-sufficient, off public assistance, thus becoming members of society. It is a win-win situation. And the people who win the most will be the children and the family.”
The center received a grant to fund the purchasing of the building, located on Republic Street in Ardmore. Additional grants have gone toward operating costs and renovations of the building, which is now home to living quarters, restrooms, an office, kitchen, dining area, laundry room and living room. Private donations from the community and local businesses have helped with the purchases of furniture, appliances and supplies for the center.
The center is still seeking donations, such as bikes, which will serve as transportation for the women to go to work. Other needs of the center include a couch, recliners, television, towels, twin sheets, blankets, tables and end tables. A sponsor-a-room fundraiser is under way, providing individuals in the community and local businesses the chance to donate $300 for naming rights. Plaques with the sponsor’s name will be placed on the doorway.
Cavnar said the center will strive to not only help the women living in the facility, but the entire community. Another goal of the center is to become a community asset, a place people turn for learning about different resources concerning addiction, treatment or the warning signs of use and abuse. Staff will be able to recommend treatment facilities and different programs for both men and women.
At the end of the month, the center plans to have an open house, inviting the community to tour the facility and learn more about the services provided.
From the grants received, donations of toiletries and handmade quilts from local churches to businesses providing applications and those interested in employing women who enter the Destiny Recovery Center, the community has been very supportive and awaits the Monday opening, Cavnar said.
Also anticipating the opening are the women the center will serve, who strive to grow strong and live sober.
“It is every woman’s destiny to have her family and life back, and we will give them the opportunity to provide for not only themselves, but their family,” Cavnar said.
To ask questions about Destiny Recovery Center, call (580) 798-4421.