The House of Sophrosyne was founded in 1978 as a charitable organization. Committed to offering supportive services to women in an all-female holistic environment, we help women initiate and sustain the process of recovery from substance misuse and chemical dependency. The mission was, and still is today, to offer an evidence-based philosophy of empowerment through a harm reduction approach in treating women for substance misuse. We provide a continuum of programs and services for women and their families as well as to all members of the community who are affected by their addictions, primarily through a 35-day residential treatment program for women.
Recovery Capital Campaign
Following 37 years of ‘bursting at the seams’ in its current location, The House of Sophrosyne will be relocating to the former St. Alexander Elementary School at 5305 Adstoll in Windsor. The expanded facility will open the door for enhanced services for women who come to the house from all walks of life, and increase the number of beds for women, including addicted pregnant women, from 17 to 30. In addition to the current 35-day addiction/trauma curriculum, the organization will add day/evening and weekend counselling support for those who do not require residential services.
Women on the House of Sophrosyne waitlist are mothers, sisters, wives and daughters. According to the Health Offi cers Council of British Columbia, ‘47,000 Canadian deaths are linked to substance abuse annually.’ Substance abuse is touching the lives of many across the country, and in our own backyards. It is a silent disease and most often misunderstood. One barrier reported as having been heard over and over again from clients is how difficult it is to come into a residential program and leave young ones with a care provider. The staff has designed a building so moms can come in with their children who are 0-6 years. While the mom is in a therapeutic group, specialized programs will be in place for her children. Together, they will receive the treatment they need to change the cycle of addition.
With the help of the community, The House of Sophrosyne will develop a leading edge facility that will raise the bar for women requiring addiction treatment. The facility will improve access to services for women who are desperate for help now, when they need it most.
2016 – Ronald McDonald House of Windsor
The Fifth Annual Windsor Corporate Challenge supported the Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario. Over 50 businesses took part in a one-day “FUNraiser” to support the Ronald McDonald House Windsor! This year our teams raised $118,940.38! Ronald McDonald House Charities Southwestern Ontario is a growing chapter that continues to expand its services in order to help more families with seriously ill children. The three core programs – RMH London, RMH Windsor and the Ronald McDonald Family Room – each keep families close to their seriously ill child’s medical care when it matters most.
2012-2015 – Sunshine Foundation
From 2012-2015, all net funds donated to The Windsor Corporate Challenge were donated to the Sunshine Foundation. The total amount of donations over the first 4 years of our event were over $449,000! The Sunshine Foundation was established in 1987 by a London, Ontario police officer as a legacy to his son who passed away from muscular dystrophy. He wanted children like his son to be able to live their dreams. In October of that year, the first Sunshine DreamLift flew 203 children from London to Walt Disney World® in Florida.