November 10, 2010 - First Lady Mary Pat Christie Opens New Women’s Supportive Housing Building at Integrity House

For Immediate Release: Contact: Michael Drewniak
Kevin Roberts
Date: Friday, November 10, 2010 609-777-2600 Bookmark and Share
Trenton, NJ – Applauding the mission of Integrity House and its Initiative for Women and Children, First Lady Mary Pat Christie today cut the ribbon to officially open the organization’s $3.5 million Women’s Supportive Housing facility. The newly renovated and furnished apartment building represents Phase II of a multi-faceted effort to offer substance abuse treatment and recovery services to women and their families.

“Providing an environment that is safe, stable and supportive is key to a successful recovery process,” said Mrs. Christie. “I am impressed by the work of Integrity House to help these women become stronger, more independent individuals who will make the positive lifestyle changes required to build a future for themselves and their children.”

The facility, located on Martin Luther King Boulevard, will house 22 women and 24 children.

“On behalf of Integrity House, I express my sincere pride as we open the doors to our Women’s Supportive Housing Facility,” said David Kerr, Founder and President of Integrity House. “A safe and comfortable environment of which women and their children can be proud is critical to the advancement of care and support at Integrity House, and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to provide that for our student members.”

Phase I of the initiative was completed in June 2009 with the opening of the Women’s Outpatient Treatment building. The $1 million renovation is a hub that now provides treatment and support services to approximately 100 women annually.

Integrity House, founded in 1968, is a Therapeutic Community that serves individuals and their families suffering from substance abuse. The foundation of the Integrity Initiative for Women and Children is based upon a program that encourages family stabilization, substance abuse and mental health treatment, long-term transitional housing and individualized wrap-around services.

Overall, Integrity House treats a total of 1,500 individuals yearly at their Newark and Secaucus locations.

More information about Integrity House can be found at www.integrityhouse.org/.