In 2002, a special place in Tacoma opened its doors to some of the most vulnerable women and their children. It’s called the New Phoebe House and it is a safe haven for women and children impacted by homelessness, chemical dependency, and trauma.
Moms and their kids can stay at the home for up to two years. And the women can receive aftercare — support even when they move out. There is only room, however, for up to 15 moms and 11 kids; there is a waiting list of eligible and interested families seeking support and treatment.
The program is proving to be successful. A recent survey found that prior residents are doing well, with 93 percent of families who responded saying they live now in violence-free homes, and 83 percent are no longer under Child Protective Service supervision. Also, 67 percent of the mothers report being clean and sober. And 90 percent of the kids who lived at New Phoebe House also are abstaining from drug and alcohol use, according to the New Phoebe House survey.
The goal is to help moms and kids in crisis when they first enter New Phoebe House, but also to break the cycle for the kids they bring with them.
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South Sound magazine is a proud media sponsor of the New Phoebe House Gala 2019 Illuminating Paths: New Phoebe House Gala at Hotel Murano on March 2. Tickets and sponsorships are available now. The fundraiser will go toward expansion efforts so New Phoebe House can serve more women and children, and to establish a reunification center and provide onsite childcare. The event is actively seeking a variety of donations for the live and silent auctions. Past items have ranged from vacation packages to spa baskets. To donate an item, click here.