The Gate House, a non-profit organization that provides behavioral health services to people suffering the disease of addiction, is pleased to announce that its residential extended care programs have been awarded a matching grant for $100,000 from The Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission. This grant, to be used for physical plant and technology upgrades, will enable The Gate House to improve both the quality and efficiency of its services. The Drug & Alcohol Commission will match each dollar spent on an agreed upon set of improvement projects. These funds will be used for upgrades at both The Gate House for Women in Mountville and The Gate House for Men in Lititz.

The Gate House for Women plans to use the grant funding to upgrade the clients’ kitchen and dining room, and to replace aging flooring and carpeting. The Gate House for Men plans to use the grant to upgrade furniture, replace the clients’ kitchen, and to obtain new appliances. Both facilities also intend to use grant funding to purchase computers for client education and use, making client job searches easier, and providing a platform for client computer instruction.

Fern Wilcox, clinical supervisor at The Gate House for Men, commented, “This grant from the Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission will not only improve the lives of our clients while they’re here, but will provide a basis for returning them to productive lives with a greater set of skills.”

Rick Kastner, the Executive Director of the Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission stated, “My office has contracted with The Gate House for the past 35 years and we have always been impressed with their staff and treatment services.  Their focus on recovery, housing, and employment is very impressive.  Many addicts and alcoholics are on a good path to recovery, when they graduate from The Gate House.”

The Gate House’s mission is to provide effective gender-specific behavioral health services to help chemically dependent people establish lives in recovery. In addition to drug and alcohol counseling, The Gate House also addresses related issues such as homelessness, legal involvement, mental health diagnoses, family separation, and physical health complications. In addition to its residential extended care programs, The Gate House provides outpatient and intervention services for women and men recovering from chemical dependency.

For information on the Lancaster County Drug & Alcohol Commission, please click here.

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