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Our History: Creating a safe, sober place for women

In June of 2015, Pamela Coffey, the founder of nonprofit 501(c)(3) Healthy House, opened a transitional home to support women in need of a safe place to live while in recovery. 

 

The project came about as a result of Pamela’s desire to share her own experience of recovery, healing, and growth with vulnerable women in the area. She began by working with experienced members of the community to plan, implement, and evaluate activities for women in transition.

As of 2021, Healthy House has provided services to over 120 women, developed an internship program, welcomed two interns from local universities, and hired a resident assistant member of the healthy house family.

HISTORY
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After seeing a greater need in our community, we purchased a new home in 2020 with the intent to expand services and provide much-needed haven with in a beautiful rural setting. We are raising support to renovate and prepare the new home, with the goal of opening its doors in 2025.

Healthy House has been featured in major magazines and receives support from major community members, organizations, and businesses who see the value that it brings to the community.

"Ms. Pam is very caring.

She’s got a heart as big as Kalamazoo, and she genuinely cares about each and every one of us. She hurts when we hurt. She’s fantastic. God works through her very well.”

–Former Resident

A group of women smiling gathered together with the Executive Director of Healthy House.

Miss Pam (center) with past Healthy House residents

Praise for Healthy House

What is Healthy House for Women?

A letter from our Founder & Executive Director, Ms. Pam

Healthy House offers a safe, sober, structured, and nurturing environment with,  case management services, supportive services, basic life-skills training, employment support, trauma and cultural education, domestic abuse prevention, and empowerment training. Healthy House is built on the model of women empowering women. We are led by women who have their own stories of recovery and healing and are knowledgeable and passionate about supporting women going through similar experiences.
 

At Healthy House, our goal is to support our residents so they can reach their personal, educational, employment, and housing goals, and find reliable emotional balance. Our residents achieve measurable progress towards these goals and towards personal fulfillment through the Healthy House program.

 

Our work with each resident will result in measurable progress toward personal fulfillment. Our residents will feel whole again and become strong and positive actors in their respective communities.

 

Sober women, free women, healthy women, well-adjusted women, empowered women are the backbone of every community. Healthy House is here to do its share.

 

Welcome to our family!

Ms. Pam, Founder & Executive Director

 

 

Addiction in women

Women in vulnerable situations are at a higher risk for: 

  • physical, mental, and sexual abuse 

  • homelessness

  • poverty

  • victimization

  • low education

  • low economic attainment 

 

This vulnerability is often due to underlying issues encountered in their life span, including:

  • substance abuse

  • domestic violence

  • mental health issues

  • unemployment

  • lack of education

  • inability to access or navigate the available transitional services and supports in Kalamazoo

  • lack of trust in larger organizations

 

Addiction, homelessness, family instability, domestic neglect, and domestic abuse are issues of public health concern, gender equity concern, and overall social concern that affects us all. When women are not well, families and communities are not well.

 

Let us work together and eliminate substance use in Kalamazoo!

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