The YWCA helps empower women with Substance Use Disorder through the Hawley House and related Project New Start. These programs build stronger communities by rebuilding broken lives and reuniting families. Outcomes sought for clients of these programs include the following: better physical and mental health, gainful employment making a living wage, reliable housing and reunification with families when appropriate.

Hawley House: The Hawley House is the only state-licensed residential substance abuse program for women in Forsyth County, and Project New Start is a program for incarcerated and post-release women. Staff and volunteers in the YWCA’s Supportive Services for Women Department provide integrated solutions for Hawley House and Project New Start participants to help them become physically, mentally and spiritually healthy women, free of substance abuse and employed.

Comprehensive program includes healthcare referral, counseling, life skills training, connection to employment/educational opportunities, transportation, and 12-step programs through AA or NA
75-80% of graduates remain substance-free, employed, and reunited with their families

Project New Start: Project New Start has a target population of women — 15+ years in age who are currently incarcerated at the Forsyth County Detention Center or are post-release and seeking residential or outpatient services to become healthy and productive members of our community.

Served 720 women at the Detention Center
Served 225 women and their children post-release

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