In 2008, a group of women in the recovery community were recruited to discuss how they could better assist women suffering from substance abuse disorder. The group quickly identified the need for long term, gender specific recovery residences.
In 2009, after working nine years in local treatment centers, a member of the original group of women opened the doors of her home providing eight beds to women in recovery. Within a month, Homestead had their first resident and the dream of many became a reality. Soon after a Board of Directors was recruited and Homestead Women’s Recovery, Inc. became incorporated and received its 501(c)3 status from the State of Georgia.
In 2014, through the generosity of many individuals Homestead acquired property and a new 12 bed facility was constructed. Since then over 140 women have completed Homesteads 12 month program. Over the years, we continue to receive generous donations of bedding, supplies, furniture and items to make the facility and grounds more therapeutic, useful and beautiful for our residents.
2008: “The Dream”
A group of professional women identifies the need for a recovery residence for women.
2009: “The Dream Initiator“
Sandy Lyndon secures the rental of her family home, thus the name Homestead.
2009: “The Dream Makers”
Volunteers update rental house for eight residents;
Board of Directors recruited.
2009: “The Dream is a Reality”
First residents admitted in April ;
Homestead approved by THOR (Transition Housing Offender Reentry).
“The Dream Continues”
2011: Homestead receives Georgia Incorporation and IRS-approved 501(c3) status.
2013: Construction begins on new residence to house twelve women.
2014: New residence completed and residents move in.
2015: Approved by GARR (Georgia Association of Recovery Residences).
2016: Business Manager hired.
2018: All Policies, Procedures, and Bylaws updated and published.
The Dream Celebrated
2019: Ten year Anniversary Celebration!
Presentation of first annual Recovery Advocate Award to Sandy Lyndon.