Hope Community Services offers a holistic, person-centred long-term residential program for people affected by their alcohol or other drug misuse. The program is based on the Therapeutic Community model of care, which is characterised by a highly socialised and participatory environment. Residents are engaged in vocational and life skills training through active social enterprises that enable them to be protagonists in their own journey to a more fulfilling life. The program also features group, peer, and individual counselling and coordinated free time activities. In this setting, it is the community itself, and the relationships that are created within it, that are the catalysts for change.
The program starts at heritage listed Rosella House in Geraldton, and then continues at Hope Springs Community Farm, 40kms away. The farm works according to the principles of permaculture, defined as “the conscious design and maintenance of agriculturally productive systems which have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems”. In addition to regular training from a local permaculture expert, residents participate in a variety of vocational activities on the farm.
If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. It is not easy at all, but… I have had some of the darkest times of my life in rehab, just because I could not run away from my own head. You’re forced to deal with your issues here. And that’s what it’s all about. In saying that, this past 4 months has been the best 4 months of my life. Now it’s just time to take it easy. It’s just one day at a time, you can only take one step at a time.
John, a graduate of HOPE’s Therapeutic Community Program.
Transitional Housing and Support Program (THASP)
A secure and independent space, in Geraldton, for graduates of HOPE’s Therapeutic Community Program. THASP residents are able to remain connected to the network of support and friendships they have built through their time in the program, while establishing themselves in the community, and preparing for their future through work, study, and other pursuits.
The establishment of Hope Springs Community Farm began an ongoing process of consultation and engagement with key stakeholders in our local community. The process yielded a series of Community Commitments, updated every six months and sent to our stakeholder list. Our Commitment Report can be viewed below. For more information on engagement or on the project please contact us at email@example.com
Information about the program
11 Bayly Street Geraldton WA 6530
PO Box 2127 Geraldton WA 6531
office hours: 9:00am-5:00pm Monday-Friday
phone: 08 9921 7409