CaringWorks Hope House
Our CARF-accredited residential treatment program offers men over the age of 18 a safe and structured environment and the foundational skills to establish a new design for living.
Located in downtown Atlanta across from City Hall, CaringWorks Hope House is a 70-bed residential facility that provides quality housing and structured support to adult men who have experienced homelessness and are in recovery from substance addiction. Services are targeted to address the needs of individuals with co-occurring disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), deaf or hard of hearing, HIV/AIDS, and mental illness.
The goal of Hope House is stability and self-sufficiency. Some beds are reserved for emergency housing, however, the majority are dedicated to men who are rebuilding their lives through CaringWorks' residential treatment and transitional housing programs. They can stay at Hope House for up to two years.
Hope House offers an array of resources including:
Let some of our clients tell you about their experience.
Program: Hope House
Steven was born in Chicago, Illinois. At the age of 16, he revealed his sexuality to his mother and she made him leave the house. He was already abusing substances and that led to a 25 year journey of homelessness. Against all odds, Steven earned a college degree. While washing dishes and with housing help from his aunt, he obtained an apartment. However, the pressure of keeping up with rent and a life of drugs and “partying” ultimately led to bouts of homelessness and a positive HIV diagnosis in 2014.
In 2017, Steven found sanctuary at Hope House. After a stroke in June and a relapse in August of that year, he came back to Hope House. He has since maintained a place to live paired with a sober, healthier lifestyle.
“They gave me another chance. Even after I relapsed, they were still there for me. They showed me love,” said Steven about CaringWorks. “I am learning what love really is. I am able to get inside of myself and learn what that means for me. I’m learning to feel some of the feelings I coped with by using drugs. I’m accountable. I am able to have a network of people to talk to.”
When asked about the future, Steven said, “I plan on going back to school. In a few weeks I will be getting my Peer Education Certification actually. I would like to continue working on my speech so I can fix the damage from my stroke. Eventually I want to open my own treatment program for people affected by HIV/substance abuse. I would also like to chair meetings at N.A., which is something I started doing at Hope House before my stroke.
To be eligible for the program, you must meet the following requirements:
- Over the age of 18
- Currently homeless
- In need of substance abuse treatment, mental health services, and recovery support
Requirements for Prospective Members
If you have these documents, please bring them with you when we meet (we’ll help you get them if you do not have them):
- Proof of medical clearance from a doctor
- Proof of mental health history or co-occurring disorders
- TB and RPR verification (no more than 6 months old)
- Proof of Insurance
Providing Necessary Treatment Services
Executive Director Neil Campbell from the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse shares her perspective on CaringWorks programs.