DoorWay Recovery Center
George Steed, MBA, MNPL, MRT, LCDC-I
Certified Christian Counselor III
Open Door Mission’s DoorWay Substance Abuse Recovery Program
To rescue men enslaved by substance abuse disorders, co-occurring illnesses, and homelessness, the Mission’s 7- month residential DoorWay Recovery Program (DoorWay) provides services to heal body, mind and spirit. The goal is to assist each student in making a successful transition into stable recovery and a lifetime of self-sufficiency and independent living.
The DoorWay Program provides intensive and supportive treatment services and The Mayfield House provides transitional living aftercare treatment for up to an additional 6 months to employed graduates of the DoorWay Program. The Mission’s Social Services Department caseworkers assist the students while in residence and post-graduation by reducing or totally resolving the issues that have been mounting over years of ignoring medical, dental, legal, past taxes, and child support. The DoorWay Program has 148 beds and the Mayfield House can accommodate 16 graduates.
- Sustained sobriety
- Sustained independent living
- Sustained employment
- Sustained self-sufficiency
- Family restoration
- Church affiliation and involvement
- Mission and community involvement
- Upon intake the client undergoes the Addiction Severity Index (ASI) assessment.
- Meets with a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) to create an appropriate treatment plan.
- Meets with a Caseworker to create an appropriate social services plan.
- Attends daily AA or Celebrate Recovery session.
- Genesis Phase 1: These first 72 hours are spent in the observation dormitory for rest and acclimation to the environment. It also provides staff the opportunity to check vitals on a regular basis.
- White Badge Phase 2: Month one is in the Intensive Treatment Phase in the emergency homeless shelter. The day starts with physical fitness at 6 am followed by breakfast. The first class starts at 8 am and last class finishes at 8 pm. Lights out at 9:30 pm. Student is confined to the property in the White Badge Phase.
- Green Badge Phase 3: Months 2, 3 and 4 the student is in the Supportive Treatment Phase. Student has job assignments on campus half of the day and attends substance abuse treatment classes and academic classes in the Education and Technology Center the other half. A list of job assignments and classes are found below. Off campus passes are permitted at the discretion of the LCDC assigned to the student on a limited basis.
- Yellow Badge Phase 4: Months 5, 6 and 7 are spent off campus during the daytime and attending and facilitating evening classes after dinner while still residing at the Mission. In Month 5 the student is performing community service as a volunteer at the Houston Food Bank or other non-profit agency. During Months 6 and 7 the student is in job readiness, job preparation, job search, and ultimately employed by the time he is to graduate. These last two months are spent with men attending these pre-employement classes at partner organizations’ locations. Each student is expected to have a job at the time of graduation or some form of supportive income. It is possible for the program to be extended beyond 7 months if the student is not employed.
Mayfield House Transitional Living
Seeing a need to bridge the gap between in-patient care and self-sufficiency, Mayfield House was opened in August 2014 to house 16 employed graduates of the DoorWay Program for up to six (6) months. The Mayfield House provides the aftercare treatment service component to complement the DoorWay Program. Residents of Mayfield House must meet the following requirements:
- Men must be graduates of the Open Door Mission DoorWay Program.
- Men must have verifiable employment/income.
- Men must have church affiliation with regular attendance.
- Men must participate in designated DoorWay classes and activities acting as leaders, teachers, facilitators, and mentors. Eventually they can become sponsors.
- Men must abide by Mayfield House rules including curfew.
- Men must pay the Mission weekly rent of $100.
The rent includes 3 meals per day at the Mission, the opportunity to participate in all programming – 12-step meetings, support groups and church and are encouraged to save money for an apartment down payment or a vehicle. They also have access to the Social Services Department.