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Georgetown, DE… The lack of affordable housing is particularly difficult for people who are often rejected because of their personal history. This fuels a homelessness crisis that fuels a cycle of drug and alcohol relapse and criminal activity. According to the Delaware Criminal Justice Council, the state's three-year recidivism rate is nearly 65 percent, the second highest in the country (behind Alaska); When it comes to drug crimes, the rate is alarmingly higher at almost 80%, and it's getting even worse. Last year, the Delaware Continuum of Care found homelessness increased statewide by 35 percent, with the increase worst in Sussex County at 128 percent.

There's good news from Georgetown, where supportive housing is making a positive difference. “A safe home with peer support and employment opportunities is critical for those returning from drug treatment or incarceration,” says David Forman, president of Christian Grace, a company that provides supportive, sober living spaces.

“Christian Grace is both our name and our mission,” Forman says. “If you have addiction or crime, the chance of finding affordable housing is great. We help despite all adversities.”

The company's success rate, measured by residents moving into self-sufficient housing before a relapse or relapse, turns the statistics on their head. Forman says more than 60% of residents are clean, sober and employed after two or more years.

Christian Grace homes are self-managed by equal residents. “If one person relapses, not everyone around them will miss it. Some events may be grounds for immediate exclusion or trigger a house meeting for discussion; From then on, democracy reigns.”

One New Street is the company's newest and most ambitious project. The nearly 130-year-old historic building has been completely modernized from the crawlspace to the roof and will house ten men in private and shared rooms and two women in a separate apartment. A memorial courtyard with gardens and a koi pond separates the apartments and serves as the main common area for residents to hold meetings based on AA and NA principles.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is now the accepted method for healing and changing thinking and leaving addictive behavior behind. At its core, DBT helps build four life skills; Mindfulness, stress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional regulation. “Living among peers in a supportive home, 12-step-based meetings, and an environment that promotes inner peace through mindfulness, DBT takes DBT from classroom theory to real growth opportunities in real time,” says Forman.

Andrea Broomall, the company's housing manager, said: “Anyone willing to start their journey with us will find understanding and compassion, regardless of their past.” We just ask people to leave their egos at the door and attend meetings and trusting that they are exactly where they are supposed to be.”

According to Broomall, an accepting community is critical to growth and progress. She says the company also recognizes the unique needs of those recently laid off and offers resource programs to assist with employment. “For those who rely on others to manage almost everything in their daily lives, routine is important,” says Broomall. Residents have a work schedule and ground rules are designed to help everyone get along. “We provide a safe place where they can exercise their new freedoms while learning how to navigate the new reality in today’s outside world.”

If you or someone you know is in need of a sober, supportive life, please visit christian-grace.com for more details and to apply.