Program History

Admin Building

Newark Renaissance House was established in 1975 as a drug-free residential therapeutic community for the treatment of substance abusing adults.

During 1980 Renaissance House developed an after school prevention program for adolescents which provided much needed counseling and educational services for high risk middle school youngsters. In 1984 the Head of Household program began. This out patient drug treatment program addressed the needs of working adults with evening hours and on site child care services.

As AIDS became a problem for our clientele, we were one of the first programs to set aside beds for addicts with HIV. A short time later we were fortunate enough to be funded for the nation’s first mobile van to do community AIDS prevention, education, physical examinations, and referrals.

In July of 1986, because of increasing demand, our funding sources allowed us to convert our adult residential and the out patient Head of Household programs, to a full service, family oriented, therapeutic community for chemically dependent youth. This program offered a three phased continuum of care whereby the adolescents moved from residential, to day treatment and then out patient status. In February of 1988 we opened admission to the day treatment and out patient programs to youth who were not in need of residential treatment.

One day in 1989, a young girl came to us and asked if there were services for her mother who had promised her that she would stop using drugs as her 12th birthday present. And so our outpatient Head of Household program reopened with the addition of an intervention program for the children of substance abusers. In 1993, after the completion of our newly constructed ambulatory care facility the program was redesigned as an intensive outpatient program for pregnant women and women with children ages 0 to 5 years. Children accompanied their mothers to treatment and participated in our developmental therapeutic nursery program.

In 1994 we opened a residential program for women with their children on the first floor of the adolescent residential program, only having to close it in 1996 due to limited space and insufficient funding.

In 2003, we built another building and moved the adolescent programs in and refurbished the vacated residential facility to meet the needs of pregnant women and women with children ages 0-5 years. We received funding in 2004 to reopen our women and children’s residential program.

Newark Renaissance House, Inc. has a history of meeting the needs of the most vulnerable members of society who are being affected by substance abuse. Through the services we provide and the beautiful buildings we have built we contribute to the rebirth of the individual’s and community’s potential for success.

Agency Mission

Newark Renaissance House is a private not-for-profit community based organization.

We serve individuals, families and the community through innovative and multidisciplinary programs that treat the disease of addiction and the behavioral, mental health and lifestyle issues associated with this disease.

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Program Philosophy

The rebirth of one’s potential for success is the core principle of all our treatment programs. Programs are designed to meet the unique needs of three of the most under served and least empowered populations of society; women, adolescents and children of substance abusers.

By utilizing the therapeutic community model of treatment Newark Renaissance House offers a continuum of comprehensive, personalized, drug-free services. This firm but supportive behaviorally based method of substance abuse treatment with a focus on honesty, self reliance and clear civic values is integrated with education, mental health and medical services, and the concepts of the Twelve Step Program.

Communication skills, conflict resolution, anger management and socialization skills are major components of each program. All clients are treated within the context of their family and emphasis is placed on family participation in the treatment process.

We believe by treating women, adolescents and children of substance abusers we will help break the generational cycle of substance abuse within the family. By healing and building stronger families, we ultimately build better neighborhoods.

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