Program Spotlight: Hart House

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A transitional housing program for women in recovery

Hart House helps women in recovery build stable and independent lives. Founded in 2001, the program has served hundreds of women in a transitional housing program by assisting them in making the long and difficult journey from a life of chemical dependency and homelessness to a stable and self-sustaining future for themselves and their children.

Our location

Hart House is a 24-bed facility located in the University and Marion neighborhood of St. Paul and is the only recovery program exclusively for women in Ramsey County. Its urban setting offers easy access to transportation, healthcare providers, the courts, and other resources.

Who we serve

The women at Hart House face many challenges. All are in recovery from chemical dependency, and most are homeless. Some are victims of lifelong trauma and domestic violence. Others have experienced prostitution, abuse, and abandonment. Many have mental healthcare needs. Despite these challenges, the women we serve are courageous, determined, and committed to change.

What we do

The services provided by Hart House include the tangible, such as meeting basic needs for food and housing, as well as the intangible, which includes creating a relationship of mutual trust and providing a non-judgmental atmosphere that fosters growth and well-being.

Each woman who enters Hart House is greeted with a caring and professional staff, consisting of Women’s Advocates, a RN consultant, and the Program Manager, who enable progress through a recovery plan developed with and for the resident.

Hart House has been a tremendous source of stability and support for me. There is so much here and I take advantage of it all.

– Hart House Resident

Hart House helps residents make connections that lead to better lives: connections with dedicated staff and volunteers; connections to programming outside of Hart House, such as 12-step programs, educational resources and parenting support groups; and connections with each other. These connections are invaluable to residents as they build a strong foundation for the future.

What residents do

Each resident steers her own recovery plan, and with the help of her Advocate works toward self-identified goals. These goals often include staying sober and committing to a lifetime of recovery, reuniting with children and other family members, enrolling in an educational program or college, and securing stable employment and housing.

We believe our effectiveness is possible because of the determination of those we serve; the leadership of our staff; the commitment of our volunteers, many of whom were former Hart House residents; and a growing network of community support.

For more information or to arrange a facility tour, talk with a staff member at 651-227-0638.