Approximately 15% of all individuals entering the dependency and addiction program at Siena/Francis House remain drug free. This is roughly the same percentage of success enjoyed by nationally known dependency treatment programs. "In many instances, the Siena/Francis House makes the difference between life and death. They give us food, shelter and even medical attention to those of us who cannot afford to get it anywhere else. We can get counseling and support for alcohol and drug abuse. We work when we visit the facility, which gives us valuable skills that we can use later in life. Everyone here has access to educational opportunities and worship services. They even help us with legal issues. They don't just take care of us, they motivate and prepare us to take care of ourselves. We are treated like guests, with respect and dignity. They give us the ability to move forward with our lives."
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The Siena/Francis House is unique in that it cultivates the kind of responsibility required for productive lives. A result of this initiative is that our shelter is run almost entirely by homeless people in recovery. It has proven to be an excellent motivating factor, with many guests in our wet shelter anxious to join our therapeutic community and acquire job skills and training, By daily interactions with people in the work/recovery program, guests who are still caught in the homelessness and addiction cycle can see clear evidence of the potential to regain control over their lives. Our belief is that by finding value and untapped abilities in people society has overlooked, we help them find value in themselves. With education, job training, counseling, and peer mentoring, we hope to furnish the tools that help residents recover from the primary problems that brought them to the doors of the emergency shelter, reducing recidivism rates among the population served. The primary goal of the Siena/Francis House is to work towards successfully ending the homeless cycle rather than providing only short-term, stop-gap treatments.