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Victory Programs (LARC, Women's Hope, Boston Living Center, New Victories, and Shepherd House)

Nature and Purpose

For 35 years Victory Programs has been providing housing and support services to homeless individuals and families who are also struggling with addiction and chronic conditions such as HIV/AIDS. Starting in 1975 as a single program for 20 homeless men in Boston’s South End, today Victory Programs operates 18 innovative programs located throughout Boston and in Cambridge serving hundreds of individuals and families each year.

The Living and Recovering Community (LARC): LARC program is located at the Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain.  This program provides up to 90 days of specialized substance use disorder treatment and stabilization services for up to 20 men and women.  The residents at LARC are people living with HIV/AIDS with histories of substance use disorders, chronic relapse and many have multiple diagnosis.  LARC residents are typically homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of their substance use disorder.  Through this program LARC residents are fully integrated into an individualized program of recovery and stabilization.

Women's Hope: Women's Hope is located at the Shattuck Hospital in Jamaica Plain (across from LARC). This program provides up to 28 days of specialized substance use disorder treatment and stabilization services for up to 28 women. The residents at Women's Hope are people who have substance abuse disorders. Although not required to be a part of the program, many of the women also have HIV/AIDS, chronic conditions, or mental health disorders. Women's Hope residents are typically homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of their substance use disorder. Through this program Women's Hope residents are fully integrated into an individualized program of recovery and stabilization.

Shepherd House: is a residential treatment program otherwise known as a recovery home for women from diverse cultural backgrounds dealing with substance use disorders. A 4- 6-month program, Shepherd House can serve up to 32 women. Services provide the residents with a bridge between treatment and re-integration into community living as they move through their own recovery.  Clients participate in a wide range of programs designed to serve the needs of each residence. These include Stabilization and/or Treatment Plans which identify specific therapeutic goals and objectives, group meetings, and individual work. At any of the programs the groups may include Relapse Prevention, HIV Support Groups, Stress Management Groups, 12 Step Groups, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous Discussion Groups, Expressive Therapy, Family Education Group, Meditation Groups, Recreation Groups and Housing Groups. . The program is located in Dorchester and is wheelchair accessible and smoke free.

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New Victories: is a residential treatment program otherwise known as a recovery home for men from diverse cultural backgrounds dealing with substance use disorders. A 4- 6-month program, New Victories can serve up to 25 men. Services provide the residents with a bridge between treatment and re-integration into community living as they move through their own recovery.  Clients participate in a wide range of programs designed to serve the needs of each residence. These include Stabilization and/or Treatment Plans which identify specific therapeutic goals and objectives, group meetings, and individual work. At any of the programs the groups may include Relapse Prevention, HIV Support Groups, Stress Management Groups, 12 Step Groups, Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous Discussion Groups, Expressive Therapy, Family Education Group, Meditation Groups, Recreation Groups and Housing Groups. The program is located in Dorchester and is wheelchair accessible and smoke free.

Boston Living Center (BLC)—located in Back Bay, the BLC is a nonprofit community and resource center with a mission to foster the wellness of all HIV positive people and respond to the changing needs of the HIV/AIDS community. The BLC offers essential health and wellness services to 1,200 members annually by providing meals, programs and services free of charge. These are some of the on going activities: Cyberspace Computer Lab, tutoring members on how to check email, surf the web, and work on their resumes and other basic computer skills.  (Mon. 2pm-7pm, Tues. 12pm-5pm, Wed. 12pm-5pm, Thur. 12pm-5pm and Fri. 11am-4pm) Walking Group, Wed-1:30pm. Beaded Jewelry Class, Tuesday 1:30pm-3pm, Open art Studio Friday, 1:30pm-3pm. Monday Night Dinners, 6pm -8pm Tuesday-Friday Lunches 12pm -1:30pm

Tasks
Victory Programs offers students direct contact with clients on a regular basis, which will allow the occasion to hear clients' stories and struggles as they deal with addiction, recovery, and HIV. PULSE students are asked to provide a supportive, listening presence to residents. This would occur through tasks that include: facilitation of recreation groups and activities, coordination of group walks and outings, participation in group sessions, assisting staff with front desk coverage and data organization, training seminars in the areas of mental health, addiction and HIV/AIDS, and assistance with daily and holiday activities.