The SELF, Inc. Community Room was designed to provide a safe haven and other supportive services to homeless participants who have not yet made a commitment to services, treatment or may have just recently begun treatment and are seeking additional supports. This safe, nurturing and non-threatening environment helps participants feel supported in making a commitment to seeking housing-related services or permanent housing, drug and alcohol treatment, making the most of their treatment experience and receiving other essential social and supportive services.
SELF, Inc. believes the key to effective service for participants of the Room is the creation of a “peer culture environment.” Peer Mentors are selected from among the participants and serve as role models in the community amongst their peers. Peer Outreach Workers promote positive principles, share the message of hope and recovery with participants, and use the Sanctuary Model each day as a support for those in attendance.
Realizing that social and recreational activities are crucial to their recovery process, various activities have been added to increase the participants’ awareness. Every Tuesday and Thursday is “Recovery at the Movies” where movies with positive life lessons and recovery themes are shown, and refreshments such as popcorn and hot dogs are served. Board games, such as Recovery Bingo, Chess and Checkers are available throughout the day and Tournaments are organized with recovery literature and materials as prizes. All of these activities highlight the importance of associating fun with recovery so participants can learn to avoid boredom that may lead to relapse. SELF, Inc. continues to be innovative and creative in attempting to incorporate a therapeutic model that attracts participation and fosters commitment to housing, treatment and recovery.
The SELF, Inc. Community Room is open weekdays Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM and closed on weekends and holidays.