'Haven at the Peer' provides home for the homeless

Published 09/24/2012

FHR Director of Clinical Services Pam Daisey presents Steve Dettwyler of the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health with a piece of artwork from Studio 35 at the Open House.

Open House celebrates opening of new housing program in Seaford

Seaford, DE – September 24, 2012 – With its broad range of services readily available at FHR (Fellowship Health Resources) in Delaware, “Haven at the Peer” is just the latest example of FHR’s innovative approach to helping those recovering from mental health and substance abuse disorders.

While FHR provides behavioral healthcare services in seven states from Maine to North Carolina, “Haven at the Peer” is the agency’s first peer-run residence for the homeless. The program is designed to provide safety and security to those transitioning back into the community who may otherwise have no place to live. The six residents of “Haven at the Peer” will have access to all of the Peer Support Services available at FHR.

“Although this particular housing program is new, Peer Recovery Services is not something new at FHR,” says Director of Clinical Services Pam Daisey. “Literally right next door to Haven at the Peer is FHR’s Acceptance, Change, Empowerment (ACE) Center. Most of FHR’s peer-run activities in Delaware funnel through this center. The close proximity of the programs will make it easy to assist those transitioning back into the community.”

Residents of Haven at the Peer, which accommodates six, will pay $100 a week in rent. Following the peer-initiated, peer-run model, residents will cook meals, draft resumes, socialize, and attend groups or counseling at the ACE Center next door.

FHR Peer Specialist Jim Martin explains the importance of peer support in one’s journey to recovery. “When you’re working with peers, you can share stories and help each other understand that you’re not alone,” he says. “The peer approach takes you from feeling like a nobody to a somebody,” he says. “We want people to sit in the driver’s seat.”

Daisey explains how the residents themselves will be responsible for maintaining the home. “It’s up to them to make the house work,” she says. “There will not be round-the-clock staffing because the residents who live here do not require that type of supervision. Instead, the peers will have one another for support while learning to restore their lives independently.”

For more information about this program and other programs at FHR Delaware, please contact Pam Daisey at 302-422-1530.