Lifeworks NW, which provides treatment for mental health issues and addiction, will open The Center for Hope and Recovery at 3650 N.E. Mallory Ave. The center includes Lifeworks NW’s 36-bed project network and the 32-unit Home Forward Beech Street Apartments.
The set-up will allow patients to transition from the treatment center to drug- and alcohol-free permanent housing within walking distance of their outpatient treatment. On average, women stay in the Project Network program for six months.
The development will increase Project Network’s treatment capacity by 9 percent in the NE Portland. The center also includes an on-site child development center, a playground, computer space, therapy rooms, medical office and group rooms.
“Successful programs for women with substance abuse issues are rare,” said Mary Monnat, president and CEO of Lifeworks NW. “Programs that address the needs of both addicted women and their children are rarer still. For women, the single most important factor in sustained recovery is access to safe, permanent and affordable drug- and alcohol-free housing.”
The non-profit says that research conducted in 2007 on behalf of it and the Portland Business Alliance indicated a growing need for drug and alcohol treatment, with community surveys indicating that the center should be in the historically African American community in Northeast Portland.
Portland-based LifeWorks NW was founded in 1961 and provided services to more than 17,000 people last year. It has clinics and service centers throughout Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
O’Neill/Walsh Community Builders, LLC was proud to partner with LifeWorks NW, Home Forward, Gerding Edlen and Holst Architecture on the successful delivery of this exceptional community-building project.