The men of P III were frustrated in their attempts to help other men (and their families) they encountered on 12th step calls due to the inability to place the men in a sober home environment. Some of the men had nowhere to go and others had been asked to leave their homes because of their drinking.
The group began renting rooms in rundown hotels in downtown Kansas City and passing the hat (at their AA meetings) to pay the bills. In 1972, they secured permanent housing (a 2 story, 3 bedroom house at 2540 Holmes) that provided a clean and safe space for other men to find sobriety. After also acquiring the house next door, capacity expanded to sixteen men. In just 3 years, Welcome House had become a vital resource in the recovery community.
The men of P III were committed and “hands on” in their efforts - bringing these men to meetings, helping them find jobs, sponsoring and counseling them along a sober path of recovery. As residents realized the benefits of sobriety (and stability), they were asked to pay a subsidized rent, so others could receive the support they desperately needed. The men of P III believed there was dignity in paying your own way and earning your keep. They also refused any government subsidy to fund their mission and relied on private donations to make up any shortfall. At capacity for the next decade, and with the need for more beds continuous, Welcome House purchased and moved to a 3 story apartment building at 27th and Charlotte. Doubling again, the bed capacity was now thirty four. In 1986, the current property at 1414 E. 27th Street was purchased from Catholic Charities, and through remodeling, total capacity has grown to 81 residents.
In the 44 years since its humble beginning, Welcome House has received over $6,000,000 in private donations, served 1,200,000 meals, held more than 40,000 12 step meetings, and helped over 15,000 men seeking sobriety and a place to turn their lives around. The men of PIII believed that service to others, lending a helping a hand, and paying your own way was, and is, the path to living a rich and fulfilling life. Sober.
The Welcome House program provides adult male alcoholics and addicts, 21 years of age and older, with a safe place, the support and the direction
necessary to build a foundation in recovery. The program includes the following components:
Resident realized short-term achievements and improvements that result from program participation include the following:
The Welcome House Court Ordered program has proven to be one the most successful programs in the history of the Welcome House. Evidence of that success is demonstrated by the following:
2011 to 2015 Success Rate:
According to the SAMHSA Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2009 to 2013, 8.4% of Missouri adults over the age of 21 report heavy alcohol. This is higher than the national average of 6.8%. This same survey showed that more males have greater illicit drug dependence or abuse (3.4%) than females (1.9%). SAMHSA’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) identifies that most substance abuse treatment admissions involve alcohol abuse (41.4%), in comparison to heroin and other opiates (20%), and marijuana (17%). Of these admissions, 88.4% are adults over the age of 20.
The Council of State Governments, Justice Center states that, “The majority of people in prison and jail have a substance use disorder”, and that “encouraging community-based aftercare will ensure better outcomes for people released from prisons and jails, and the communities to which they return”. SAMHSA’s “four major dimensions that support a life in recovery” are all key components of the Welcome House program. They are as follows:
The Welcome House sober living recovery program houses up to 80 men nightly and is operating at capacity. All of the men that are admitted to Welcome House are struggling with active alcoholism and/ or addiction (and associated issues); most have no job, no money, and no support of any kind; and each is seeking a safe environment, with the support, direction, and guidance required to build a foundation in recovery so they can change their lives.
Upon admission to the Welcome House program, men have access to a “safe” and structured community environment, on-site recovery meetings (AA and NA) and counseling (“lay” counselor program), random urine and breath analysis (UA and BA), curfews, job search and network assistance, and the rehabilitative support to return them to productive society free of alcohol and drugs.
The Welcome House collaborates with several organizations in the Kansas City and surrounding areas. Some examples of those organizations include the following:
Artists Helping the Homeless (AHH) – AHH is a not-for-profit organization that works with the chronically homeless, from the street to success. Many of their homeless clients have high rates of behavioral health problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse disorders. Together, AHH and Welcome House work with Kansas City’s homeless adult males seeking sobriety, recovery and a place to change their lives.
Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Addiction Assessment Center (Heartland RADAC) - Heartland RADAC is a licensed alcohol and drug treatment program that provides assessment & referral services as well as care coordination & case management services for individuals seeking substance abuse services. Together, Heartland RADAC and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.
Swope Health Services (SHS) – SHS provides primary healthcare and behavioral health services to improve the well-being of individuals and families. They also coordinate services for the needs of all who seek care. Together, SHS and Welcome House help adult males struggling with active alcoholism and addiction.
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