The Fern House
“To help indigent male chronic alcoholics and drug addicts achieve sustained sobriety and return to the mainstream of society as productive, responsible citizens.”
At Fern House, our mission is simple. We aim to take indigent, chronic drug and alcohol abusers off the streets and help them reintegrate into society. We take broken lives and make them whole. Our mission and philosophy are straightforward. Following the principles of AA, we are addicts helping other addicts. We depend on the mutual help, fellowship and experience of fellow addicts and alcoholics to support each other on the journey to recovery.
Give everyone who comes to us the chance to learn new ways of coping with their lives, through a program that helps them become useful, productive members of society rather than burdens on society.
Allow each man to reach his fullest potential by learning to live with discipline, structure and self-control. Help our residents clean up the wreckage of their lives, reunite with their families and make amends to those that they've hurt. Teach our clients to give back by helping others, volunteering and becoming engaged in their communities.
It's Not Easy
Our program is highly structured and disciplined. It is also warm, caring and encouraging. We are fond of saying, "Easy does it," but that doesn't mean the work we're doing is easy. Rehabilitation never is. That's why we're also fond of the motto, "One day at a time." When men enter Fern House, they are held to a rigorous set of rules and high levels of personal responsibility, many of them for the first time. The program is based on simple principles that are tough to follow. We give them a structured plan and set high expectations. We also give them the warm, caring environment that will help them reach those goals.
A successful graduate must stay at the program for six months. After graduating, our clients can choose to find their own independent housing or opt for more transitional living at our second facility, the Harry Hamilton Campus. By providing additional levels of ongoing support, Fern House gives men a better chance of developing the mindset and life skills they need to succeed at sobriety.
Fern House, Inc. was incorporated in 1983 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit residential rehabilitation center for male alcoholics and drug addicts. Our mission is to help indigent male chronic alcoholics and drug addicts to achieve sustained sobriety and return to the mainstream of society as productive, responsible citizens. We don’t simply give our residents food and shelter but also provide a supportive, safe drug- and alcohol-free place of residence, and the supervision necessary to help them develop the life skills that allow them to lead sober lives as productive members of the community.
Fern House fulfills a unique role by providing a recovery program that helps men who are most likely to fall through the cracks in the local network of private, nonprofit and government agencies: the formerly incarcerated, uninsured and homeless. The 55-bed facility remains at capacity and serves approximately 325 men annually. The 17-member Board of Directors is composed of local business professionals who give their time and expertise in support of the Fern House mission. Throughout our 40-year history, the Board of Directors has demonstrated its capacity to achieve Fern House’s goals through strong leadership and responsible management.
The judicial system, social service agencies and churches refer to many Fern House residents, but most arrive directly off the street. Many of the men who Fern House serves have spent a significant portion of their lives incarcerated, in some other institution or homeless; as a result, they’ve suffered severe damage physically, emotionally, socially and financially. When they arrive at Fern House, nearly all of these men have little else but the clothes on their backs and all are suffering from low self-esteem, physical and mental health issues.
In 2012, Fern House expanded from its 55-bed facility in West Palm Beach, opening a 32-bed transitional living facility in Lake Worth (Fern House II). The expansion created a logical discharge plan for the resident that had nowhere to go once he completed the Fern House six-month recovery program. Residents are encouraged to choose Fern House II as part of their exit strategy, giving them an indefinite period of time to ensure that they are truly ready to re-enter society free from the bondage of addiction.
Fern House is a 501(c)(3) registered charity based in West Palm Beach, Florida. We house 56 residents at full capacity.
Fern House accepts no federal, state or local funding. All of our operations and expenses are paid by the residents, who pay their own rent and other expenses. We do not fundraise operating costs. All fundraising goes towards capital projects and future expansion.
Taxpayers, Not Tax Burdens. Fern House accepts no government taxpayer funds, we are have a formula that allows us to exist without tax dollars. This financial responsibility is a key part of Fern House’s success. Too many men that we see have struggled a whole lifetime with addictions that have cost them their jobs, their families and their self-respect. Usually, their finances are in disarray. They might have court-ordered settlements to pay. Typically, they’re used to spending everything they earn on their drug of choice.
Fern House turns that around, making each resident a responsible taxpayer instead of a tax burden. Every resident is required to have a job, participate in nightly meetings and house meetings, and share in the household chores.
Many of the men who arrive at Fern House are at the end of their ropes financially, legally and socially. These are the men most at risk of falling through the cracks of other programs. At Fern House, we help them get off the streets, stand on their own feet and rebuild their lives from the ground up.
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