A Day in the Life

Providence days are full of great variability, and planned by our full-time, in house case manager.

Our residents’ days are individualized and depend upon their responsibilities: school, work, and – most importantly – recovery commitments.

Every resident will arrange their schedule for the upcoming week with the case manager, and will be held accountable to following the goals established for themselves, including wake-up times, number of meetings attended, community service hours, work hours, educational commitments (including homework and tutoring) house chores, exercise, fellowship activities, free time and fun. Residents in their first months at Providence will be encouraged to achieve “90 in 90,” or 90 meetings in 90 days. Smart recovery, 7 Challenges, NA and AA are all Providence-approved peer support meetings. All residents are expected to secure a sponsor within 30 days.

Residents who do not yet have work or school commitments will participate in scheduled house activities, including outpatient groups and recovery support activities A wealth of support services complimentary to addiction treatment are offered by volunteers within the surrounding North Shore community.

Weekly support services may include:
  • Community Acupuncture
  • Recovery Yoga
  • Meditation classes
  • Art therapy
  • Personal Training and exercise
  • Cooking classes
  • Carpentry and other skill-building classes
  • Community gardening in Chicago’s urban gardens
  • Relapse Prevention group work
  • Financial advising by community banks
  • Career and educational advising
  • Trauma support and workshops
Providence men are rich with the support of our supportive community.

As our community supports Providence, we likewise aim to support our community. Providence men are encouraged to develop relationships with our neighborhood senior citizens and may offer shoveling, lawn-mowing, light landscaping maintenance and other community support services.

We believe in being a community that supports our most vulnerable.

We also believe in supporting our communities struggling adolescents. Providence men may speak about recovery at schools, treatment programs and community programming when requested and appropriate. We are role models for a vibrant, recovery lifestyle.