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Our mission:

Journey House Recovery (JHR) is a non-profit organization that operates low barrier, peer-run recovery houses in southern and central Maine.  We support multiple and diverse pathways to recovery, including medication assisted treatment (MAT).  All of our houses are certified by MARR, the Maine Association of Recovery Residences and adhere to the evidence-based standards set forward by NARR, the National Alliance of Recovery Residences.

A brief history:

Journey House Recovery began in late December of 2016, when founder Jesse Harvey opened a men's residence in Biddeford, Maine.  Six months later, JHR opened the Sanford men's house. Three months later, in Sanford, Journey House opened the first recovery house for women in York County.  In May of 2018, Journey House opened Androscoggin County's first recovery house, capable of housing six men seeking recovery. In January of 2019, JHR opened a women’s house in South Portland. 


Under the leadership of our new executive director, Ashely Reny and with the help of four house managers and with guidance from our board of directors, we operate four recovery residences - two in Sanford (one for men and one for women), a men's house in Lewiston and a house for women in South Portland.

Journey House Recovery proudly affirms and supports multiple pathways to recovery, and all residents are required to dedicate themselves to a strong program of personal recovery. They are required to abstain from alcohol and other illicit drugs. They are required to interact positively and productively with new housemates and community members. Residents are expected to: obtain and maintain employment or be enrolled in school or volunteer their time to the community. Many do all three. Residents may stay as long as they wish, as long as they  actively participate in their recovery and abide by our guidelines, as set forth by our board and by the National Association of Recovery Residences.

Journey House's staff members are dedicated to helping residents throughout their recovery, by offering support with finding employment, healthcare and social services, as well as help with transitioning to more independent living at the end of their stay.

People may come to Journey House with just the clothes on their back, and, in just a few months, begin to do amazing things in their lives and in the lives of others. People do recover when they have the opportunity to do so.  Safe housing is often the first step on the journey to recovery.

We cannot do this work without support from the community.  We thank you for your generous donation.

JHR is certified by the IRS as a public charity under tax code 501 (c)(3). Therefore all contributions to us are tax deductible.

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