For Immediate Release
Our Father’s House, Inc., which has managed the men’s Leighton Street sober program for more than 20 years, will no longer provide services at that location because the building owner chose another agency.
“It is with great sadness that we have to make this announcement,” said Judith Pasierb, OFH’s executive director. “The program was started in February 1993, by the late Barbara Garneau, former executive director. She worked closely with Montachusett Social Service agencies to expand options for homeless men in recovery.”
The Leighton Street program, located at 4 Leighton St., Fitchburg, provides a stable and sober living environment for up to 12 men who have a personal plan for recovery and wish for a clean and sober life.
OFH has been providing case management services to chemically-addicted homeless men in recovery, since the program opened. The building was previously used by LUK crisis center as a halfway house for pregnant teenagers.
Pasierb said the building owner NewVue Communities (formerly Twin Cities Community Development Corp.) has chosen South Middlesex Opportunity Council, based in Framingham to provide services.
The program is funded in part through a grant with the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development and the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program.
Pat Fox, OFH board president, said “We deeply regret this decision by NewVue. In its letter to us announcing the decision, no reason or explanation was given. Our principal concern is the welfare of the clients we serve at Leighton Street, so we are disappointed that we will no longer be able to furnish them with the excellent care and high level of service for which Our Father’s House is known in the community.”
OFH currently operates a similar program in Fitchburg, Elizabeth House, for women in recovery.
Pasierb added “We will continue to look for opportunities to continue this work in the future. I believe there is a tremendous need for a transitional sober house in our community, where homeless men can remain sober and learn how to budget, find employment and strengthen their sobriety with assistance from a case manager.”
The change is effective Jan. 31, 2016.