Sees the Day
Sees-the-Day operates transitional housing programs, also known as Recovery Houses, for men and women in the south-central Pennsylvania region. Partial Residential programs, providing a more structured environment as well as therapeutic services, are also available.
Transitional housing differs from the halfway house, in that no professional counseling is provided onsite…
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SEES – THE – DAY Recovery Newsletter
A Year in Review at Sees the Day
Well…here we are again-the conclusion of another year at Sees the Day. Without a doubt, 2013 has been a year of many challenges, opportunities and changes at Sees the Day. We began the year with a new sheriff in town. Joe Racett, who superseded Beechie King as Director of Operations. Joe has spent the year learning the operations and establishing his presence among the residents. which has not been any easy task given the fact many of our new residents initially have difficulty following the rules and are subject to lies and manipulation. His learning curve has been compounded by the fact that the majority of our new residents are millennials (18-25 year olds) who rome to us with their own unique set of baggage and offer some distinct challenges. l”m pleased to say that Joe has found his stride and is working diligently to keep ahead one step ahead of the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram generation….we just had computer 1-hip inserted in his head to stay ahead of the competition. Just eall him Rube Joe (lol).
Throughout the year Sees the Day has opened the door to recovery to hundreds of people and their families. Some have walked through that door and have made a home in recovery while others unfortunately took a brief look around and decided they needed to experience the cold, cruel elements of addiction for a little while longer. Many residents achieved their six month milestone and have transitioned into one of our sober houses. All are leading healthy. productive lives and working toward the next step of full integration into the community….
Amazingly. the year saw Jeannie F.. who had been in the recovery and sober house for a total of 5 1/2 years, move back home to Virginia to take care of her sick mother. Jeannie upended Bob B°s length of stay record (3 V1 years) by Z years. And where is Bob today? He is a professor at one of the local colleges. proof that the longer your stay, the better your chances of success. Sees the Day entered the 21″‘ Century this year by revamping its Facebook page and adding a twitter account. We reached 51,000 people last month and have 235 friends. Please friend us or go to twitter. https://twitter.coni/SeesTheDayY0rk. I just. sent my first tweet the other day…amazing to say the least.
Another first this year is our Employment, Mentoring and Empowerment program conducted by Martha Wilson. The program came about because many of our residents, particularly those with felony charges, were having difficulty securing full-time employment as a result of their records. Martha Wilson came highly recommended by State Parole Agent Bill Meneses who had seen her in action at Crispus Attucks. There she developed and implemented an ex-offender employment program and, as she says, “found her passion.” Unfortunately (but fortunately for us) Crispus Attucks couldn’t financially support the program so Martha struck out on her own and made her way through the Grace nfCn1i and Bill Meneses to Sees the Day.
The program meets two hours on Monday and Tuesday (5-7 pm at the office) and covers topics like resume writing. job interviewing techniques. appropriate interview attire. coaching and supplying leads for employment. Martha has the rare ability to keep our resi- dents engaged during her two hour training. What’s most impressive is 95% of our clients show up for the Tuesday session with their homework assignments in hand without any threats or coercion.
Many of our homes are undergoing renovations. We are in the third year of a five year plan to upgrade our homes, an expensive and disruptive proposition but part of our commitment to creating a better living environment for our residents. I’d like to take the time right now to personally thank everyone for being patient with this perpetual mess. Let me assure everyone that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Sees the Day’s Alumni Association known as “Giving Back“ was recently resurrected after a three year hiatus. We have many exciting activities planned; starting with going door to door to our recovery houses to sing Christmas carols. We will be meeting at one of the houses on December 17th at 10 pm. For mo1′e details call the office (717-354–T337) or visit us on Facebook. Ashley H., the newly elected alumni President, has also developed a Facebook page for the Alumni but it is through invitation only. Email me at email@example.com to be invited.
The Holiday Season would be incomplete without the Sees the Day Christmas party, which will he held at Cottage Place this year. Please stop by on December 21st, 7-10 pm. for fun, food and fellow- ship and perhaps a visit from the bearded fellow. Call the office (717- 354-7337) for more details.
Sees the Day has many things to be grateful for this Holiday Season. As owner and operator of Sees the Day, what I’m most grateful for is the incredible staff who selfishly and tirelessly on a daily basis carry out Sees the Day’s mission of providing a Safe, Supportive, Drug Free Living Environment. It can often be a thankless job without many pats on the back. They carry out this mission. often in the face of criticism. lies, manipulation and false accusations from our residents and their families, They also because of their unwavering commitment to helping the newly recovering at diet and alcoholic and a new life by helping them lay the foundation for long-term recovery. Lawanna, Kelly, Joe. Paul and Charlie are truly the faces of hope and inspiration to many of the lost souls who eome to us. The improvements we executed in 2013 will only strengthen Sees the Day in the year ahead. I truly believe 2014 will be an incredible year for our prngrmn and nnr residents. Hope everyone has a safe, peaceful, clean and solver Holiday Season. Peace and Prosperity for the New Year.