Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he often disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Woman's House

Around 10 years ago TLC opened its first women's house at 1045 East Main, in Mesa.

A few years later the women moved to Pepper Street, near downtown Mesa. Yet later, it moved to a different location, still downtown, where it is today. About 60 women live there.

Now, to  extend our services to women, we're opening a 50 bed facility in North Phoenix.

This location has been a long time coming. Normally, the way things happen around TLC is that we decide we need a new facility in a certain area. Then we spend a few years chattering and planning.

The main requirement for a facility at TLC is staff. And growing staff takes months – sometimes years.

The primary quality we seek is dedication to recovery. And lately we've been blessed to find women who excel in that area.

We have a core of women who carry the message. Everything else they can learn on the job.