The facility also features a day-care center.
By NORMAN LEIGH
VINDICATOR SALEM BUREAU
LISBON -- Officials are preparing to dedicate a $1 million housing facility for troubled women and their children.
The facility began taking clients last month, Eloise Traina, director of the Family Recovery Center, explained Thursday. The private, nonprofit agency will run the facility.
Work on the 10-apartment complex began in the spring. The dedication is set for 1 p.m. next Friday.
Tours will be conducted and refreshments will be served from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fleming House is at 7300 Rose Drive, behind McDonald's restaurant on state Route 45.
The facility is named for Luceille Fleming, the director of the Ohio Department of Alcohol & amp; Drug Addiction Services and an advocate for women's treatment in the state.
Fleming is expected to attend the dedication and open house.
Traina said the facility already houses six women and their children. The staff is at full strength with three full-time and two part-time employees.
The facility features one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. Its purpose is to provide temporary homes for women who are trying to overcome substance abuse.
Women who qualify to stay there include those who are homeless or are just getting out of jail, battered-women's shelters or long-term substance-abuse treatment centers.
Their children are allowed to stay at the facility with them.
Stays will be limited to two years maximum, during which occupants' rent will be based on their ability to pay.
During their stay, women will receive help in overcoming substance abuse and guidance in matters such as developing job and parenting skills.
The facility also houses a day-care center for community use.
The recovery center funded most of the construction with state and federal grants. The agency also is borrowing $100,000.
A $200,000-a-year renewable federal grant has been obtained to operate the facility.