Real Life’s first client Corey Smith greeted me at the door on Main Street during the center’s open house last night. “And I’m trying to take a different approach at life you know and Sarah, she’s helping me get my life together,” Smith said. “I’ve been through a lot.”
Sarah Scarbrough is the center’s founder, and says all clients first receive a criminogenic risk assessment. “It literally identifies what their highest risk factors are that would relate to them either reusing drugs or reoffending and probably going back to jail,” Scarbrough said. 15 days after intake, clients will be reassessed to see if any risk factors have decreased.
Scarbrough’s non-profit opened a recovery home for men in May.
The non-profit CARITAS also announced yesterday (12/5) they’ve raised $10 million of a $14 million goal to build a new headquarters. Once complete next year, it’ll house the female counterpart to the 214-bed male recovery home The Healing Place for Men.
The organization is also seeking volunteers to help out at the front desk, serve as mentors and teachers and more.