Richard Jones Recovery House

Fredina Scott
Program Manager 

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Addiction Services (OAS) serves as the sole referral source for program participants deemed appropriate for Richard Jones Recovery House program. Participants are screened through the standard OAS Intake Center process with additional questions and information collection as needed along with being interviewed by the recovery house staff before admission to ensure that it is a good fit for him.

RJRH serves single, adult men between the ages of 18 and 60+ who are experiencing homelessness.  The average length of stay for participants staying in the 12-capacity shelter is three months. While there are a number of social and emergency related services available for families with children, there remains a significant gap in similar services for single men.


Richard Jones Recovery House team members and partners:

  • Provide supports and a comprehensive array of services designed to facilitate participant movement toward self-sufficiency by providing a bridge to long-term, permanent housing.  

  • Provide Housing Focused Case Management (HFCS), which is critical to moving participants to permanent housing. HFCS includes, but is not be limited to an assessment of participant housing and housing-related needs soon after they enter they recovery house; the development of an individualized housing plan that includes housing directed goals and timetables; assessment of other service needs and referrals to the appropriate resources and regular; and consistent follow-up.

  • Offer timetables for completion of the goals that are ambitious and coordinate with the 90-day target for movement to permanent housing.

  • Provide an environment in which services and programmatic activities are designed to support participants in preparation for permanent housing.  

  • Address the need of the participant to develop the skills necessary to transition to independence and permanent housing.


RJRH participants have access to an array of services that include skill building platforms, personal and character development opportunities, behavioral and physical health services, education, independent living preparation, permanency planning, and access to resources and community contacts.


Evidence-based programs at RJRH include:

  • Education Training (offered by the Office of Adult Education)

  • Structured leisure (evening and weekend) time

  • Employment Opportunities

  • Health Initiatives Offered by Temple University Medical Students

    • Wellness

    • Health Education

    • Resolving Medical Issues

  • Life Skills Development

    • Men Groups

    • Upkeep of home and surrounding property

    • Recovery

    • Overcoming and Concurring Barriers

    • Personal Appearance

    • Grooming

    • Personal Hygiene

    • Budgeting

  • Community Connections and Supportive Relationships

    • Familial Engagement and Involvement

    • Community Engagement and Involvement

    • Involvement with Local Civic, Cultural and Religious Institutions


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