The Mission of Amethyst Place is to support women, recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their children by providing safe, drug-free housing and individualized services to promote healthy families. We help families overcome significant trauma and develop essential life skills. The Vision of Amethyst Place is that families will successfully transition to drug-free, independent housing and healthy community living.
Amethyst Place was founded in response to an alarming rate of relapse among single mothers after release from 30 day drug treatment programs. Because of untreated mental illness, little to no work histories, felonies, evictions and other barriers, these mothers had no choice but to return to the same communities where their drug use once thrived, almost always precipitating relapse. Kansas City social service providers watched in frustration as way too many single mothers, in their newly recovered and fragile state, lost their battle against addiction and often custody of their young children. They formed the Housing Committee in 1998 for the purpose of identifying affordable housing for recovering women and their families and making recommendations to secure resources and develop programming for this population. Amethyst Place opened its doors in 2000 with 7 apartments. Today the program currently serves 38 families in fully furnished, one- two- and three-bedroom apartments. In the last 15 years, Amethyst Place has served 226 unduplicated families: over 650 women and children.
Community case management and collaborations are central to the program’s success. Women must be referred by one of the following five agencies: Operation Breakthrough, ReDiscover, Comprehensive Mental Health Services (formerly Renaissance West), Family Drug Court, Children’s Mercy Hospital TIES. Our community case management model utilizes evidence based practices like wrap around services, strengths based case management and the treatment team model. Families receive professional support and 24-hour supervision. They must work, go to school, or volunteer. Residents have access to on-site therapy, parenting classes, support groups, financial literacy classes, AA and NA, Planned Parenthood and a mentoring program all designed to create opportunities for women who were often introduced to drugs and prostitution at an early age by their own parents.
In 2014 we served 52 women and 104 children. 84% of clients in 2014 demonstrated one or more benchmark improvement in at least two dimensions of the self-sufficiency index (education, career resiliency, housing, household management, goal setting and support system). 73% of clients served in 2014 were drug and alcohol free during their stay at Amethyst Place, a significant accomplishment for women overcoming decades of drug use that often began in childhood. 72% of clients who moved out in 2014 graduated successfully, defined by maintaining sobriety for at least one year and transitioning successfully to independent housing. Graduates can continue their life of sobriety at Amethyst Place Alumni Housing, which offers less restrictive rules but continued support and guidance. Locating alumni in one facility and encouraging them to take more responsibility for their community and self-governance provides an important step toward independent living without losing all the supports of Amethyst Place. Families who graduate successfully keep all household furnishings, allowing for a smooth transition to independent housing in the community.Two graduates serve on our Board of Directors.