Dear friends and supporters:
As we continue to ‘flatten the curve’ during the coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves continuing to place our focus on the devastation of addiction. Especially during trying times for the city, state and country as a whole, we must be vigilant in keeping women’s recovery at the top of the agenda.
Substance use disorder is a health care emergency of its own – effecting the whole state of Ohio. Women have felt trapped indoors for months at a time, with only their addiction to seemingly ease their pain. Our doors are open, our staff is working on campus, standing by with treatment for mental health conditions as well as to achieve sobriety. We are offering wraparound services for women and for their children, up to the age of twelve, to support a new way of life in sobriety as well as family therapy.
We also provide vocational services for our clients and note how women are still being treated unequally with pay in Hamilton County and throughout the state. 53% of working women do not earn enough to make it without some form of public assistance due to the ‘cliff effect.’ The cliff effect shows that as low-wage workers begin to earn more money – they often lose essential benefits they have had, such as food stamps, childcare and/or housing benefits. Thus, the net result from increased pay can form a deficit in being able to cover basic living costs. (The Women’s Fund, July 2020)
We seek to bring women’s salaries up to a living wage, even during the pandemic, while we support our clients to move into recovery and balance on mental health issues.