In May of 2011, Jericho Project became the first provider in 20 years to open a housing program in New York City dedicated solely to serving military veterans. Since then, 11 veterans who received substance abuse treatment at Phoenix House have found a supportive environment to continue their recovery in Jericho Project’s Veterans Communities, located in the Bronx.
Jericho Project began its veterans’ initiative in 2006, in response to the high rate of homelessness among America’s veterans. In 2009, Phoenix House began our own veterans’ initiative, establishing Military Services Programs to address the staggering need individuals returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had for substance abuse and mental health treatment.
Building on the recovery capital that clients accrue at Phoenix House, (along with vocational and other skills), Jericho’s Veterans Residences offer our clients the opportunity to seek strength from their peers during that fragile time when they are transitioning from treatment back to the community, and to gain additional resiliency by accessing Jericho’s support services.
The rate of relapse for individuals in Jericho’s housing communities is extremely low — 13% as compared to 40-60% according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse — which is why Phoenix House considers this partnership such an important part of our continuum of care. We are also fortunate to have Jericho’s Executive Director, Tori Lyon, as a member of the Phoenix House Military Services Advisory Board.
“Phoenix House and Jericho are both innovative organizations and I’d love for us to continue to collaborate to stop the cycle of treatment, relapse, and return,” Ms. Lyon stated.
There is no doubt that we can achieve more when we work together to ensure that America’s veterans have access to the high-quality care they need and deserve.