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A Sober Journey (Excerpt)

July, 2006

A New Era at Harbor House

The Board of Directors of Harbor Houses of Jackson, Inc. is pleased to announce that the organization has begun to do business as Harbor House Chemical Dependency Services. The decision to rename the organization was one outcome of a strategic planning process.

In support of the new name, Harbor House has updated its mission statement, modernized its logo and launched a new web site at The organization’s new mission statement is to offer a continuum of high quality, affordable and effective chemical dependency treatment services and programs for adults and their families, including those who cannot afford private treatment facilities.

The new name better reflects the range of services and programs that Harbor House Chemical Dependency Services provides, especially in the area of residential treatment, and its longstanding role in helping our neighbors to learn how to live sober lives and return to the community as productive citizens. Dr. J. Stacy Hughes, President of the Board of Directors, reaffirmed Harbor House’s commitment to continue to be one of the region’s premier community-based nonprofit addiction treatment centers.

Harbor House was established by a group of forward-thinking business and community leaders from the City of Jackson and surrounding areas as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation in the early 1970s. At that time, there was a lack of affordable and accessible community-based residential substance abuse treatment services in the region. Since the doors opened in 1973, Harbor House Chemical Dependency Services has provided compassionate care to over 10,000 individuals.

Harbor House’s treatment philosophy continues to focus on rehabilitating the mind, body and spirit. M. Trost Friedler, Harbor House’s Executive Director, stated that as an organization we believe strongly that addiction is a treatable illness, that it can be overcome by following a Twelve Step recovery program and that residents of our community have a right to have access to high quality treatment services, regardless of their ability to pay. He continued by stating that we are where we are today because of years of widespread community support, the dedication and commitment of the Board of Directors and the passion of our staff to offer quality addiction treatment services.

Harbor House is certified by the State Department of Mental Health to operate 77 residential treatment beds at two locations in Jackson, Mississippi. The State also certifies the organization’s Outreach and Aftercare programs and a DUI Diagnostic Assessment Service. Harbor House receives financial support for its services and programs from the Mississippi Departments of Mental Health and Rehabilitation Services, the City of Jackson, Hinds County, private foundations and individuals.

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