While so many individuals leaving treatment clean and sober is very beneficial for those members and the community, many of them return to the same circumstances they came from; unemployed, poor or no housing, and no transportation. Many referrals to the treatment center would be through the jails and judicial system, completing treatment with no employment, no housing and no drivers license or means to get to/from work. Sobriety can only get them so far in re-integrating back into the community.
Semper Li grew out of the recognition that those in early recovery in rural areas like West Virginia needed three additional resources to succeed: recovery supportive housing, transportation, and vocational services.
Since forming in 2018, Semper Liberi has acquired grants for all three areas of service. It has hired a vocational re-entry specialist to assist with employment, purchased and opened the Ashley House for women, and provided transportation to its clients to acquire necessary documentation such as a social security card, ID card, and attend interviews.
With so many graduates coming out of the MBH treatment facility, more entry level housing was needed, additional vocational services were required, and more transportation needed. In 2020, Semper Li opened the Ashley House. This home provides six women with a recovery residence with supportive services from recovery peer who manages and oversees the house.
The Ashley House has been a tremendous success, providing women with a stable launching pad from which they could gain employment and stability, and also provided employers with stable, reliable, and competent employees. The success of the Ashley House and the demands for more like it led the Board of Directors to develop the Recovery Village concept.
The Village idea is to provide a neighborhood of residences for people in early recovery that could also include a fellowship hall and training center for technical schools as well as provide a centralized place for employers to provide transportation to/from their places of employment.