The five-bedroom two-story, fully-furnished house, will become home for up to four survivors. There is room for a survivor to bring two small children. Rent will be a $100 a month with survivors eligible to stay up to two years.
Currently, Willow’s crisis shelter only provides 30 to 60 days care.
“We have found that’s not enough time. People have to rebuild an entire life, find work, find a place to live they can afford and have money and stability,” said Stuke. “It’s not enough time, that’s why we have repeat customers or they end up back with their abuser.”
Restoration House will give clients more time to recover and create pathways, such as finding work, childcare and build savings. There will be a full-time site case manager Monday through Friday, plus access to Willow’s 24-hour hotline services and support. There will be house rules including no guests in the house and an extensive security system to help protect the residents.
The goal, according to Stuke, is for the case manager to work closely with the tenants and help set goals.
“They will determine what will help the survivors meet their goals,” Stuke said. “Do they need ongoing substance abuse counseling? Or, ongoing therapy or ongoing peer mentoring?”
Living in Restoration House should allow survivors time to build up credit and rental history.