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Bringing Hope and Healing for Women and Their Children

04/03/2024

“They gave me the tools I need to live a sober life and be a better mother.”

Jane* came to SouthLight’s Women and Children’s Residential program seeking a better life for herself and her 16-month-old daughter. After struggling with addiction from age 14, she knew this time around she needed to seek recovery to secure a better future for herself and her daughter. 

SouthLight’s counseling intern, Megan Snapp, shares this story as she takes you inside a day in the life of a program client.

Offering a Path to Recovery: Inside SouthLight’s Women & Children’s Program

Jane faithfully applied herself to the program by attending Substance Use Comprehensive Outpatient Treatment (SACOT) five days a week for the first 16 weeks. In addition, she participated in parenting and life skills programs provided by community groups including Triple P, Circle of Parents, and Caring Connections Ministry. During this time, she also attended individual therapy to work through some difficult issues from her past. 

Jane shared this testimonial: “SouthLight has been life-changing for me. This was my second rehabilitation program, and it was absolutely everything I needed that I didn’t get my first go-around. The residential and clinical staff are amazing and truly care about each one of their clients.

They gave me the tools I need to not only live a sober life but to be a better mother and a productive member of society. I will forever be grateful to them for saving my life!”  

“SouthLight has been life-changing for me…They gave me the tools I need to not only live a sober life, but to be a better mother and a productive member of society. I will forever be grateful to them for saving my life!”  

—Women and Children’s Residential Program Graduate 

A Typical Day

6:15 am – Waking up and getting her child to daycare
Return to campus, clean apartment, prepare for treatment
After treatment picks up daughter from daycare
Engaged in virtual NA meetings, and focus on a safe and secure transition into the community

After completing the initial recovery treatment, Jane attended more treatment three days a week and secured a job. Next, she was able to increase her hours at work and secure housing. She prepared to transition out of the program while participating in SouthLight’s Behavior Health Outpatient program. In addition, she was able to secure a car from Wheels-For-Hope, one of our community partners. 

Residents are expected to obtain and maintain employment and/or enrollment in an educational program after the completion of recovery treatment. Since graduating from the Women and Children’s program, Jane has been promoted to a manager position at work, enjoys her own beautiful apartment, and continues to work on her recovery using the skills she received while in the program.  

Providing a Safe, Sober Environment  

The mission of Southlight’s Women and Children’s Residential Program is to operate a community-based program that increases our resident’s awareness, accountability, and empowerment in a safe, sober environment, giving each family the foundation for long-term sufficiency, sustained recovery, and improved quality of life. 

Participating in this program demonstrates the mother’s first step to addressing substance use, and her commitment to her journey of sustained recovery and being a better parent.

Our Program Director, Denise Thompson, shares her passion for this program which she has nurtured and managed for the past several years.

“I love what we do at the Women and Children’s program; helping mothers and helping children is one of the most critical tasks around. We give opportunity to people who feel there is none. We create the foundation for HOPE to live. The staff goes above and beyond, and we are vested in seeing these families soar. I am proud and honored to work with this group of people. What we do matters; for us to move freely towards the present, we have to work through the past.”

“We give opportunity to people who feel there is none. What we do matters; to move freely towards the present, we have to work through the past.”

—Denise Thompson, SouthLight’s Women’s Program Director

Each resident is expected to commit to at least a nine-month stay, but extensions can be granted. All clients are expected to participate in all aspects of the program. 

Southlight’s Women and Children’s Residential Program is truly a special place for women and their children to receive the support and tools they need to improve their lives.  

Learn more, including how to apply to or refer someone to Southlight’s Women and Children’s Residential Program

About Megan Snapp

Megan Snapp is a counseling intern in SouthLight’s Women and Children’s Residential Program. When she isn’t at work, she enjoys spending time with her two boys as well as spending time outdoors and at coffee shops.