The Santa Monica-based CLARE Foundation has opened an expanded and newly rehabilitated treatment facility for women battling substance abuse.
Santa Monica city officials and social service executives were in attendance Dec. 13 when the CLARE Foundation dedicated its new Women’s Treatment Program facility at 844 Pico Blvd., which will provide gender-responsive detoxification services for women suffering from substance abuse issues. The women, many of whom are homeless or at risk of homelessness, can also receive primary care and long-term residential services at a single location.
The $2.5 million facility, which was renovated from a former sober living residence, expands the number of beds from 15 to 40. The Women’s Treatment Program began in 2003 and offers women short- and long-term residential treatment designed to address underlying issues specific to women in recovery, according to CLARE.
“Through this newly renovated facility, CLARE will be able to provide effective, cost-efficient treatment and recovery services to nearly 275 women each year,” said Nicholas Vrataric, executive director at CLARE.
The project was funded in part by a $1 million contribution from the Community Development Commission of the County of Los Angeles. The CDC also helped install a solar Photovoltaic system and a solar hot water system, which officials say will result in a reduction in operating costs.
Others providing support to the project included The Annenberg Foundation, the California Department of Housing and Community Development Emergency Housing and Assistance Program Capital Development county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky and the city of Santa Monica.
“We are so grateful for this new facility,” said Andreau, an alumna of the Women’s Treatment Program and a senior resident who now assists program staff.
“I now have the opportunity to help give the women in this program the opportunity that was so freely given to me. Every day, I walk through these doors knowing that I am a productive, dignified woman.”