Gaudenzia helps individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness and related conditions to achieve a better quality of life and become accountable individuals.
This is accomplished through a continuum of care leading to long-term recovery guided by a philosophy of mutual concern, personal responsibility, research and community education.
We are here because there is no refuge, finally, from ourselves. Until people confront themselves in the eyes and hearts of others, they are running. Until they suffer others to share their secrets, they have no safety from them. Afraid to be known, they can know neither themselves nor any other; they will be alone.
Where else but in our common ground can we find such a mirror? Here, together, people can at last appear clearly to themselves - not as the giant of their dreams, nor the dwarfs of their fears - but as individuals, part of a whole, with a share in its purpose.
In this ground we can each take root and grow, not alone anymore as in death, but alive to ourselves and to others.
Interesting Facts About Gaudenzia
- Our first contract began in March of 1969 to treat 25 clients. There were 8 employees. By 1971, we were being paid $11.50 per day for those slots, but there were plenty of folks in the house who had no funding. Much of the food and all of the furniture was donated.
- In 1979, Gaudenzia's Vantage House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania was one of the first residential therapeutic communities in the U.S. that allowed addicted women to bring their children into treatment with them.
- Gaudenzia opened one of the first programs on the eastern seaboard for individuals with co-occurring disorders of chemical dependency and mental illness.