Sober House Renovations Update

Published: September 28, 2017


In September, Bridgewell invited the funders to tour one of our three Sober Houses to show the impact their funding had with providing women who leave treatment with a sober, supportive and safe transitional housing environment to continue their road of recovery.

Funding from Mass Housing (CCRI), the Gerondelis Foundation and the Lynn Housing Authority & Neighborhood Development made it possible for Bridgewell to renovate one of our Sober Houses in Lynn, which creates a supportive living environment for women. This provides a home that they can be proud of and give them confidence to maintain their recovery.

Funders in attendance:

  • Ed Chase, Mass Housing (CCRI), gave $75,000
  • Greg Demakis from Gerondelis Foundation, gave $100,000
  • Peggy Phelps, Don Werner and Jon Thibault, Lynn Housing Authority, gave $50,000

The three-story wood frame building in Lynn includes 14 single person bedrooms, a common kitchen, 3 shared bathrooms, 1 first floor office and a lower level with 2 additional rooms for counseling and group meetings and a half bathroom.  The building is conveniently located in downtown Lynn within walking distance to shopping, services and public transportation.

Renovations to this 6,900 SF building constructed circa 1910 included:

  • Extensive interior improvements – flooring, ceiling replacement, wall repairs, painting, repairs to fire damaged bedroom
  • Replace all three bathrooms
  • Replace exterior back deck and stairs
  • Replace all windows, roof and repairs to siding and chimneys

Future projects include:

  • Replace driveway
  • Updating ceilings, walls and stairs in entry way
  • Replace/repair front deck and stairs

Since the renovations we also received a Sober Housing Designation by the state for this program.

Thank you to all the funders for their commitment to our community!

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