Patricia Stallo was addicted to Heroin for ten years and meth the last year. The Grace House is located in a low-income neighborhood where most of its residents feel comfortable in Waco, Texas. The Grace House was created in 2009 by Antioch Church because Waco’s greatest need was a long-term spiritual recovery home. The Grace House serves as a safe haven for women with addictions. The Grace House is Family style so only six women are enrolled in the program at one time. The heart of Antioch’s ministry is to serve Waco so women in the are take priority on the waiting list, but women outside of Waco are accepted as well. There are four phases within the program.
Phase one lasts thirty days. Its purpose is to build a foundation of trust and rest. The women are not allowed to do anything for themselves. If they want food or water they must ask someone to get it for them. This dependence helps the women learn to speak their needs and trust others. By phase two women are in a good headspace because they understand what is happening. In this stage women evaluate with a staff member whether they should continue in the program for the rest of the year. If they say yes they start to delve into the trauma. This involves a lot of therapy, classwork, volunteering, and working towards where they need to be spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. The third phase involves working at least thirty hours per week, starting to budget, and learn practical life lessons. The fourth phase is where the women live outside of the Grace House and practice what they’ve learned while still getting the support from phases one through three.
There are three keys to success at the Grace House. The first is Jesus. Research studies will say that faith based programs have a much higher rate of success than non-faith based programs. We believe you can’t get full healing without Jesus. The second key is that the program is community based. Women get involved at church and with life groups. The third key is that the Grace House is holistic: Mind, body, soul, and spirit. They help the women with their past trauma, get them on medical and dental care right away, as well as healthy eating and exercising routines.
There is a 100% success rate at the Grace House. Grace House defines success as not slipping into a life of addiction again instead of a stricter definition of not using again at all. Many women have brief slip-ups, but the program has prepared them so that they know what to do, where to go, and who to talk to in order to get help.
Missy Morrison, the program director, says that Grace house enjoys 100% success rate. In this case, success is defined as a life successful from slipping into a life of addiction again instead of a stricter definition of not using again at all. Many women have brief slip-ups, but the program has prepared them so that they know what to do, where to go, and who to talk to in order to get help. Patricia Stallo, a participant at the Grace House in her third phase says that the healing she has gotten at the Grace House is amazing. Putting God into center focus has changed her life and prepared her for success after she leaves. For her and many other women that enter the Grace House, this experience is the best they have ever had in life.
Submitted to World Magazine for the World Journalism Institute on 5/14/17