Sober House Renovations Update

Published: September 28, 2017

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In September, Bridgewell invited the funders to tour one of our three Sober Houses to show the impact their funding had with providing women who leave treatment with a sober, supportive and safe transitional housing environment to continue their road of recovery.

Funding from Mass Housing (CCRI), the Gerondelis Foundation and the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development made it possible for Bridgewell to renovate one of our Sober Houses in Lynn, which creates a supportive living environment for women. This provides a home that they can be proud of and give them confidence to maintain their recovery.

Funders in attendance:

  • Ed Chase, Mass Housing (CCRI), gave $75,000
  • Greg Demakis from Gerondelis Foundation, gave $100,000
  • Peggy Phelps, Don Werner and Jon Thibault, Lynn Housing Authority, gave $50,000

The three-story wood frame building in Lynn includes 14 single person bedrooms, a common kitchen, 3 shared bathrooms, 1 first floor office and a lower level with 2 additional rooms for counseling and group meetings and a half bathroom.  The building is conveniently located in downtown Lynn within walking distance to shopping, services and public transportation.

Renovations to this 6,900 SF building constructed circa 1910 included:

  • Extensive interior improvements – flooring, ceiling replacement, wall repairs, painting, repairs to fire damaged bedroom
  • Replace all three bathrooms
  • Replace exterior back deck and stairs
  • Replace all windows, roof and repairs to siding and chimneys

Future projects include:

  • Replace driveway
  • Updating ceilings, walls and stairs in entry way
  • Replace/repair front deck and stairs

Since the renovations we also received a Sober Housing Designation by the state for this program.

Thank you to all the funders for their commitment to our community!

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