Why the name Dirt City Sanctuary? Tyler was part of a band called Dirt City Rockers. Most of his band mates have since passed away from an OD or are in prison. Dirt City is tattooed across Tyler’s knuckles. It also represents were substance use disorder can lead (homelessness, literally sleeping in the dirt) and what a community can do to help someone facing substance use disorder (provide them with sanctuary).
What is DCS going to offer? A home, Community, Employment Opportunities, Healing and Purpose.
When will you be up and running? We are in the fundraising stage of development and working with an architecture team to have our first campus up and running as soon as possible. Interested in financially partnering with DCS? Please contact Stacy Peck at firstname.lastname@example.org or Wendy Botts at email@example.com
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How is DCS different? Each person we have the opportunity to serve is treated as an individual. We work with each person to determine what their barriers are and how staff and the community can come alongside them to set them up for long term success. We understand that relapse happens and the road to recovery isn’t going to be a perfect one.
I don’t have any income, is DCS an option for me? Yes. We help you get on your feet and begin meaningful employment.
What kind of services can DCS provide to a person who doesn’t need housing? Programming for non-residents is being formed. We anticipate individuals living off campus being able to attend groups, receive therapy, and most importantly access to our network of staff and volunteers to identify and remove the barriers preventing long term recovery.
How long will tenants live with you? We anticipate an average of 6 months to 2 years. During that time, we help tenants rebuild their credit, learn to manage money and find housing once they have left the program.
What does a tenants living situation look like? Each tenant will have their own studio apartment within a home that has additional communal space.
What role will the community play in DCS? The role of community will be vital to those utilizing our services. We believe a vital part of recovery and facilitating a return to being a healthy and contributing member of society includes building new relationships with those in the community. There are so many people out there who want to help and that have the means and skills to do so. Having healthy relationships and bonds can be the difference between relapsing and long term recovery.
Will you assist individuals with gaining employment? Yes. After a designated amount of time in the recovery process, employment will be required and DCS will either provide employment or network with those in the community to help individuals find a fit that is best for their interests and goals. We believe being able to provide for yourself is an important part of recovery and also provides a great distraction.
Will tenants have access to mental health services? Yes! At DCS we believe mental health is a priority and access must be barrier free. We will have mental health professionals on site along with recovery coaches for individual sessions, as well as group opportunities. If someone needs additional/specialized care, we will network with mental health professionals in the community to make that happen.
Will tenants have access to Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)? Yes, tenants will have access to doctors that can prescribe suboxone or go through a nearby methadone clinic. Find more information about MAT here:
How else can healing be achieved at DCS? We are interested in providing opportunities to bond and care for animals on campus, yoga, meditation, spiritual services, and group sessions.
How do you help someone achieve long term recovery? Every individual needs to find the elements in life that give them a sense of purpose. Our staff and volunteers will partner with those we serve to rediscover or find new purpose in life. Opportunities to help and serve other in need populations will be a starting point.
Are there current volunteer opportunities? Yes! We are currently working with individuals in recovery and can always use assistance in helping them remove their barriers to staying clean. Email Stacy Peck for further details; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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