The Issue: Parents Battling Substance Abuse
According to a 2011 story in the Milwaukee Courier, more than 28,000 Milwaukee women battle substance abuse. While mothers seek treatment, their children face the challenge of transitioning from a chaotic family life to a more structured routine.
The Campaign: Residential Services for Children with Moms in Recovery
If this Grassroots campaign raises $476, then Meta House can provide seven nights of residential services for one child whose mother is in treatment. Each additional $68 raised will cover one night's stay for another child.
Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive residential treatment facility, supports women and their children through the process of recovery from substance abuse.
As one of the only treatment centers in Wisconsin that allows children to reside with their mothers as they undergo treatment, Meta House aims to support children, rebuild families, and end the cycle of intergenerational substance abuse. While mothers undergo treatment—including parenting courses and health education—children up to 10 years old learn interpersonal skills and receive interventional services if necessary in a facility next door. When not in class, women are responsible for preparing meals for their children, giving baths, and delegating chores, to ensure they are able to establish the basis of a healthy family routine.