- James – many of us have had a long history with Kenny Moultry, previously with Sober Solutions
- Kenny Moultry –Recover Foundation - firstname.lastname@example.org
- In 1999 - introduced to people helping other people – was getting out of prison and into treatment – was inspired by the folks who helped him. I thought it would be easy and I could help a lot of people – not so easy. But it is a real honor to be here today.
- I was overwhelmed at one point, and I might not have been able to be here, but I was able to do self-care to keep myself healthy.
- The Recover Foundation formed by trial and error.
- We were based in Auburn, but were encouraged to start up in Pierce County
- The Recovery Foundation is a Therapeutic Community – Working to teach at risk folks to help others reach their personal goals.
- This program is Transitional Housing – and my belief system has changed and evolved over the years
- Recovery Foundation is long-term, shared housing – some people will be there for the rest of their life
- It is the cheapest, quickest way to get folks off the streets.
- It is a Clean and Sober facility, but Harm Reduction is of interest for future projects. It is important to treat people like they are human.
- When people worry about where they are going to sleep and eat, it is hard to work towards reaching their goals.
- Clients in the program live with trained staff that are living in the house 24x7.
- When clients arrive, we need to build trust. Until there is trust, until folks are honest, it is challenging to help them.
- To build trust, clients hang out, cook together, watch movies together – it is a family setting
- Belief is that the residents and the people that need these services, they are challenging to navigate. We have navigators to help this with this work.
- Base plans on what people want to do. Work with client to identify what services in Tacoma would best fit their needs.
- House Managers transport folks to and from the appointments – to counselors, outpatient services. We show folks how to utilize the services.
- You enter the program by contacting us and filling out an application form. Currently full and have a waitlist. Looking to get more properties to expand housing openings.
- An agency can fax an application in.
- Can have clients come in, fill out paperwork, make sure we know what their needs are.
- Want to help the folks using your services to stay connected to you. Try to be good partners.
- In the house, we assist clients to stay on their meds.
- We are long term, and goal is for folks to stay long term.
- Cost is $500 per month – everything included, soap, cleaning supplies, everything.
- Folks supply own food and tobacco (wow, I didn’t know how to spell tobacco – bless you spell check. Not a word I type a lot, I guess. –ed).
- Martha – do you background check? Kenny – Yes, for arson and sex offender convictions – but will allow those folks in on a case-by-case basis.
- Sherri – how many beds? Kenny – have 21 beds. Goal is to have 50 houses like this.
- We Help folks to budget their money and food and tobacco and such.
- Clients can’t continue to use at Recover House, but if folks are willing to work to remain sober, will work to keep them housed while they are working to stay clean and sober.
- Focus on safe housing and connecting clients with the agencies to help clients meet their goals.
- Martha – do they have a lease? Kenny – yes they do, and they build a rental history
- Currently have women houses and men houses. Looking at couples houses.
- Any families or couples? Not now.
- How can we help you? We can Partner with your agency. You can write us in for our housing services. If you need a housing piece, that can be us.
- Patricia – how long is the program? Kenny – they can stay forever.
- Patricia – do you allow animals and gardens? Kenny – cats are OK, gardens are at the houses.
- Coley – how many houses? - 3 currently. Work with landlords – always interested in partnering with landlords.
- Sherri – can we hear from Ken? Ken – I have 2 ½ acres in midland – was zoned open space basically. It has mowed grass, possibly available for homeless housing, temporary shelters or however we want to set it up. Want to see how folks would want to go about it. Have to convince the community out there, though. The community has problems with theft and opioid use. Need to convince the residents around it that it would be a good thing to have out there. It is going to have to be pretty heavily policed. Site is located in Midland (98444). James – don’t send everyone to the property out at Midland yet. Maureen – you should contact Doug Richardson (County Councilmember) or his staff assistance – (https://www.co.pierce.wa.us/1405/District-6) – give them a heads up quietly before this hits the neighbors or the media.
- Kelley – is there no structure on the property? Ken – there is a barn for hay storage. The site has gas, power and storage. Kelly – can use youth build to build tiny homes.
- Ken – if you are interested in moving this forward lets meet. James – let’s have a meeting about this.