Who We Are

“A Commitment To Change”


When Holy Family Institute opened the doors to our Shores Program in 2000, our goal was simple: help neighbors recover from drug and alcohol use in a safe, supportive environment.

Caring For Everyone

Anyone can struggle with drug and alcohol use, but not everyone can find affordable, accessible treatments. Our clinicians help children, adolescents, and adults who struggle with substance use and other mental health disorders like depression or anxiety. Through family and one-on-one sessions, clients focus on growth and identify multiple pathways to recovery.

Anyone can struggle with drug and alcohol use, but not everyone can find affordable, accessible treatments.

Since lack of transportation can prevent clients from completing treatment, clinicians often travel to schools and homes. “The focus is on providing trauma-sensitive care within the context of the clients’ family and community,” says Kara Hall, the program’s director. Staying in a familiar environment also keeps everyone relaxed and comfortable. “[Our treatment methods] allow the client and clinician to focus on the areas for growth that are most important to the client,” she continues.

“The focus is on providing trauma-sensitive care within the context of the clients’ family and community,”

Kara Hall, Program Director

Transforming The Community

Every client journey is different, but many start recovery by taking care of themselves and eliminating unhealthy habits. “I worked with a client who had been struggling with alcohol use for many years before realizing herself she needed to make a change,” shares clinician Nick Christy. “Over the course of treatment, she identified the factors contributing to her usage and processed them. She focused heavily on enhancing self-care and establishing appropriate boundaries with family members and friends.

Help for drug and alcohol use is always available, and reaching out is never a mistake.

“Through a commitment to change and a desire to reach her established goals, she was able to develop and maintain skills that benefit not only her, but also the individuals around her,” Christy continued. “She was also able to better identify and correct the return of old patterns on her own. She made a great deal of progress, which is a testament to her motivation for change and willingness to incorporate different ideas and strategies into her daily routine.”

Know someone struggling with drug or alcohol abuse? Learn more about substance use, the Shores program, and our other substance use treatment programs, or use the SAMHSA treatment locator to find the provider closest to you.

Each of these success stories has the power to change not only a single life, but also a loving family and a thriving community. The Shores staff wants everyone to know that help is always available and reaching out is never a mistake. We believe that every recovery is a testament of hope for everyone.

Committed supporters are critical to helping our neighbors recover from substance use and rebuild their lives. To help heal our community, please visit our support page.

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