A fresh start for women at Pathway Retreat. Pathway is pleased to report that government funding has been secured for the first year of the pilot project He Kete Oranga O Te Mana Wahine - A Woman's Journey of Recovery.
The project, a joint venture between Odyssey House and Pathway, is now confirmed to begin 4 June 2019. In addition to the government funding, both Odyssey House and Pathway have contributed approximately $150,000 to develop the programme and provide the residential space.
He Kete Oranga O Te Mana Wahine is the South Island’s only residential therapeutic community focusing on women with alcohol and other drug dependencies who are under the Corrections system, for example bail or parole. Within the four month residential programme, opportunities for reconciliation and restoration for both the participants and their whanau will be provided. The holistic approach of the programme will follow the four cornerstones of ‘Te Whare Tapa Wha’ - physical, spiritual, mental and family wellbeing. Odyssey House’s 24/7 tailored, therapeutic programme has been specifically designed for women and it is a well-scheduled initiative involving individual and group therapy, trauma and addiction treatment and the exploration of employment prospects.
Pathway will provide housing for up to 10 women at a time in
the rural setting of Pathway Retreat in Motukarara, totalling approximately 30 participants over the course of a year. On completion of the residential programme, the women will then receive up to six months of Pathway Supported Employment and Pathway Reintegration Services in the community in conjunction with Odyssey House who will remain committed to supporting their AoD (Alcohol and other Drugs) recovery.
The project represents a fresh era for Pathway Retreat and a new partnership that provides a unique programme. Pathway would like to specifically thank the High Impact Investment Team who have helped secure the government funding for this project.
An opening ceremony will be held with early indications that Kelvin Davis, Corrections Minister, will be officiating.