Children’s Program for Parents in Rehab

Knowing that women and men in treatment are often a forgotten demographic, Patricia stumbled upon another important group that is overlooked… the children living with a parent who resides in sober living housing. This was discovered with the addition of Community Bridges, Arizona Women’s Resource Center and Hushabye Nursery into Purse-Impressions program.

Of the 18 campus facilities that Purse-Impressions works with, 8 facilities are sober living moms with infants, children and teens residing in these homes with them. This represents over 300 children.

Starting in 2022, with a holiday toy and book drive for the kids, Patricia knew she wanted to do more and she knew exactly who to turn to for help.

“These children need more than just toys. They require backpacks, school supplies, diaper bags and basic hygiene,” Patricia stated, “I just knew Kiwanis Club of Carefree was the first place to turn to as their focus is on helping children.”

When approached about the project, Kiwanis was enthusiastic about supporting the children living in a rehab environment and has subsidized the program developed by Purse-Impressions with a yearly $7,000 grant in 2023 and 2024.

Funds provided by Kiwanis are used to purchase:

  • Diaper Bags and Infant Hygiene
  • Back to School Backpacks and School Supplies
  • Holiday Gift Bags filled with Goodies

Purse-Impressions is extremely grateful for the generosity of Carefree Kiwanis Club Benefit Foundation and looks forward to working together on this and future children’s programs.

Facilities and Campuses Currently in the Children’s Program

Women who become pregnant while using opioids – both illegal and medically-monitored – are typically prescribed opiates throughout their pregnancies due to the risk of prenatal withdrawal and miscarriage. As a result, their babies are born into an opiate dependent state known as Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) which requires a complex and painful detoxification process in the days following birth.

In the state of Arizona, two babies are born every day withdrawing from opioid dependency.

  • Sally’s Place is a supportive housing program for pregnant women struggling with addiction. The program provides a supportive environment in which women are given the opportunity to parent their newborn. The goal is to re-introduce the woman and her child into the community with safe housing, support, and continued resources.
  • Weldon House is an innovative program that provides women and their children with a safe place to live while on the road to recovery.
  • Terri’s Place allows families to heal together from the devastation caused by addiction, homelessness, mental illness, and domestic violence. Our families enter our program broken and hopeless, but leave independent, self-sufficient, happy, healthy, and intact.
  • Starfish Place is a healthy home for survivors of human trafficking and their children, where they are treated with dignity and respect. A place to renew their spirit, learn essential life skills and begin recovery.
  • Center for Hope Transitional & Center for Hope Apartments; Women who are homeless, pregnant or postpartum, and have a substance use disorder can begin the process of recovery in safety, dignity and respect at CBI’s Center for Hope’s 2 facilities.
  • City Place is additional housing for families in treatment.