Congressman Jim Moran, U.S. Representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district, recently visited Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic to speak with some of our current program participants. The purpose of this visit was to follow up with some of the men and women in treatment who have recently benefited from a federally-funded vocational program that Congressman Moran championed in fiscal year 2010.
Addressing the necessity of vocational services, not only for those in treatment, but for the community at large, Congressman Moran asserted, “Phoenix House works with local governments and other nonprofits to provide job training skills that put people back to work, improve our economy and the community. Not only does this program help individuals re-enter the workforce, but federal government investment in these community-building programs saves money in the long-term. Every $1 invested in addiction treatment programs yields up to $7 in reduced drug-related crime, criminal justice costs, and theft.”
Cheryl Jackson, Vocational Counselor at Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, reaffirmed the success of these job training programs, stating, “This funding has allowed us to enhance our services to our clients, providing them with the critical assistance and training they need in order to obtain employment, which is essential to maintaining their recovery.”
Indeed, the success of these vocational programs is crucial, as evidenced by the many men and women who have completed treatment. Entering Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic, emotionally vulnerable and financially desperate, program participants quickly begin their evolution, eventually emerging as strong, independent, and financially savvy individuals, ready to give back to the community. We thank Congressman Jim Moran for recognizing these program participants’ strengths.