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Integrity Recovery House for Men opens Wednesday

April 21, 2014
by Shannon Brys, Associate Editor
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Integrity House, a non-profit substance abuse rehabilitation center with locations in Newark and Secaucus, will be hosting an opening celebration to unveil its new Integrity Recovery House for Men on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The new residential recovery facility, located on Lincoln Park in Newark, provides transitional housing with clinically-managed drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in a residential environment, with the goal of helping to eventually integrate the clients back into society. 

The celebration is open to the public, and will include a brief program with keynotes from Robert J. Budsock, CEO of Integrity House; Anthony Marchetta, Executive Director of NJ Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency; and James E. McGreevey, former New Jersey Governor and Integrity House Board of Trustees member, followed by client testimonials, and tours of the new facility. Additionally, a brief dedication ceremony will be held to honor Richard J. Grossklaus, the co-founder of Integrity House. The new facility will bear a plaque honoring Grossklaus and recognizing his more than 40 years of dedication, extraordinary work and contributions in building bridges that have benefitted Integrity House, its clients and the community at large.

“The Recovery House for Men addresses the growing need for effective community reintegration that is consistent with best practices in adult substance abuse treatment and recovery services,” said Robert J. Budsock, CEO of Integrity House. “The support and services provided at the new house will help our male clients get back on track, toward a successful path of sustained recovery and fulfills a need for increased safe, sober-living environments.”

The new 40-bed facility at Integrity House represents a unique partnership model for non-profits, working with various State agencies and private funders. It will address the recovery needs of male adults with histories of addiction, mental health problems, homelessness and criminal justice involvement. The facility will provide a safe home for many individuals that are a part of New Jersey’s rapidly expanding Drug Court program, which focuses on treatment and recovery for non-violent drug offenders, and are in the process of becoming productive citizens in the community. Another aspect of the Integrity Recovery House for Men is its focus on employment and training, providing all tenants access to a dedicated vocational counselor to help them with sustainable employment, a critical component to long-term recovery.  

The Integrity Recovery House for Men was made possible through a cooperative effort of New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, City of Newark’s Community Development Block Grant, New Jersey Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Victoria Foundation, the Walsh Family Fund of the Community Foundation, the Hyde and Watson Foundation, and Edison Properties.