Since Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic’s first clients gathered in a church basement 50 years ago, this Arlington-based organization has continued to develop a strong and lasting relationship with the local faith-based community. Without the generous support of the many faith/religious-affiliated over the years, PHMA would not have been able to effectively help thousands of individuals and families along their roads of recovery. Arlington’s Mount Olivet United Methodist Church is just one recent example of this benevolence. An ardent advocate of community outreach and social justice, Mount Olivet just awarded Phoenix Houses of the Mid-Atlantic a grant of $1,000 this month in support of purchasing therapeutic books for clients in all residential programs.
For many years, PHMA staff has been distributing therapeutic books to all clients in the residential programs. These books, including the Alcoholics Anonymous Big Book, the Narcotics Anonymous Basic Text, and Living Sober (which includes methods that A.A. members have used for not drinking), are all integral parts of many treatment programs. However, recovery does not end when clients are discharged. Instead, clients must continue to work the steps, to grow intellectually, and to stay on their recovery paths. Generous grants like Mount Olivet’s allow these clients to do just that! Clients are able to take this recovery literature with them, at no cost, so they can continue their development far beyond their stay in the PHMA programs.