Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic’s Demeter House Has Some Autumn Fun

Friday, November 8th, 2013

pumpkins in wagonPhoenix House Mid-Atlantic’s Demeter House program is designed to help break the cycle of addiction and empower women to re-enter the community as responsible citizens. Phoenix House Mid-Atlantic has a contract with Arlington County to provide custom-designed art classes for our clients. While the classes were on a hiatus this summer, the staff got creative coming up with fun Friday activities.

“I have very creative staff members,” said Kelly Rankin, Demeter House Program Director. “In fact I had a staff member, Dawn Bower, suggest a cooking class. The past two Fridays we were cooking with pumpkins.”  To give the house that autumn feel and have a little fun while doing it, the clients and staff at Demeter House baked pies, carved pumpkins and made pumpkin seed brittle over the weekend.

The fun they had with pumpkins also had a purpose–teaching the clients life skills. “It’s nice to sit back and watch the ladies have fun. The clients have a very rigid schedule and this gives them the opportunity to learn a new skill without it feeling like treatment,”  said Rankin.

An innovative, nationally-accredited residential substance abuse treatment center, the Demeter House serves women in a gender-specific setting that is comfortable and feels like home. Every day, Phoenix House Mid‐Atlantic helps hundreds of people who are suffering from addiction in 17 programs in Virginia, Maryland and DC. Find out more about our programs and services, or call us today at: 1 888 671 9392

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