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Women’s recovery center opening in L’Anse

Photo provided by Great Lakes Recovery Center Shown is the Ripple Recovery Residence, which is run by the Great Lakes Recovery Centers, in L’Anse. The residence will be holding an open house Thursday.

L’ANSE — A new house for women looking to recover from substance abuse is opening in L’Anse.

The Ripple Recovery Residence is holding an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday to celebrate its opening this week. The home, located at 346 North Main Street in L’Anse, can house six to eight residents.

“It’ll be a really good event for everyone to come out and check out the house and learn more about what recovery housing has to offer and how it’s beneficial to the community,” said Tayler Tankersley, marketing coordinator for Great Lakes Recovery Centers, which operates 16 outpatient offices, treatment facilities and recovery houses across the Upper Peninsula.

In addition to having a supportive environment for women, the house will offer weekly outpatient counseling and case management. They can also bring their children up to 11 years old.

Applications are available online at greatlakesrecovery.org.

The women must be at least 18 years old, and be able to live in a shared housing environment. As house residents, they must do weekly chores and attend weekly house meetings. They have to have been in recovery for at least 30 days; once at the house, they must also attend four self-help meetings a week.

Within two months, they must have found employment for at least 32 hours a week. Rent is 30% of gross income, though they can make alternative arrangements if necessary.

The recovery house has had a large amount of support from the community, Tankersley said.

The house is a collaboration between the locally organized Drug Abatement and Rehabilitation Team (DART), Great Lakes Recovery Centers, and grants by Superior Health Foundation and Portage Health Foundation. Additionally, NorthCare Network, local donors, and community support have helped support and fund recovery housing.

Beyond financial support, “lots” of volunteers have come out to help with tasks like painting the building, Tankersley said.

“There’s a lot of community support, and without the individuals who have volunteered, financially and with their commitment to the project, it wouldn’t be possible,” she said.

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