HOC: the heart for helping the homeless

A Heart for Helping the Homeless


Having a heart for helping the homeless who are recovering from chemical dependency issues, HOC recognizes the need for and value of teaming up our donors’ compassion, with insightful planning, and the will to make a difference through our outpatient day by day program.

It is important to know that with the right programs, people can succeed in staying sober after treatment ends. One example of how this works is seen in this article from the New York Times, which points out the need for finding better ways to serve those that are struggling to find transitional housing while in recovery.

Understanding that no one expects people with chronic diseases like asthma or diabetes to be cured after 30 days in the hospital, we wonder why we generally expect people who are suffering from an addiction to drugs or alcohol to be able to get better without the time and the tools that match the need. The efforts from our compassionate heart for helping the homeless will be enhanced by adding a strategy that helps people to find a decent place to live during the transitions by using the tools that support sobriety for those in recovery.

Read and share this article that elaborates on this issue. HOC’s Day by Day Outpatient program works with individuals with the understanding it is an on-going “day by day” process and focuses on trauma, mental health, and harm reduction.

A clip from the New York Times article:

Staying Sober After Treatment Ends


The HOC blog entry, "The Heart for Helping the Homeless": A heroin user participates in a program that helps addicts through recovery.

“This heroin user participates in a program that helps addicts through recovery.” Credit John Minchillo/Associated Press


“Getting sober is hard. Making sobriety last is much harder. Most people who go into a residential rehab treatment manage to detox and stay that way during their weeks- or months-long stay. But problems begin when they leave. Many patients walk out the door—and fall off a cliff.

“They go back to their old drinking or drug friends and places. The stresses of normal life resume. And exactly at the moment they need it most, they’re essentially on their own.

Typically, what people have been told to do is go to a lot of Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meetings,” said James McKay, director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Center on the Continuum of Care in the Addictions. “The usual line is 90 meetings in 90 days, and once-a-week group counseling in some sort of outpatient facility.”

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