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See below for letters from Providence Farm families to President Frum at the Village of Northbrook.

Recovery close to home
  • Dear Ms. Frum, I am writing you to express my profound appreciation for everything that Providence Farm and Stephanie Zwilling have done for my family and son. [My son] was one of the first clients to take up residence at Providence Farm last August; and their multi-disciplined, community based approached to recovery has been nothing short of amazing. I was skeptical enrolling [him] into a recovery program so close to home. However after sitting down with Stephanie and listening to her strong belief in the benefits of having [my son] in familiar surroundings, integrated with close family and relatives, it made a lot of sense – especially given that his previous away-from-home program was not successful. The last eight months for [my son] has been life changing. The “Farm’s” unique mix of client specific therapy, residential peer-based support, staff mentoring, and the development of life skills, has truly been transformative for my son. Their requirement of outs

  • Dear President Frum, This correspondence is regarding our family’s experience at Providence Farm, 1620 Sunset Ridge Road. [Our son] is a current Providence Farm resident. He was set to attend college last fall but unfortunately fell on hard times. Over the past year and half he has unfortunately been in and out of treatment for dual diagnosis for depression and substance abuse and has been unable to find the right fit for treatment that would make a true difference in his recovery. Many facilities are very institutional by design and seem to miss the nurturing environment so many young adult men need outside of one’s home environment, especially coming out of an initial treatment facility. We are grateful for having found Providence Farms under the direction of Stephanie Zwilling and her staff, which provides a unique therapeutic setting by creating a nurturing environment, a sense of independence, structure through accountability, and specialized therapy specific to each client’

  • Dear Ms. Frum, Our son has been a resident at Providence Farms since February 2018. Prior to this he was in his junior year on an academic scholarship to the Kelley School of Business at the University of Indiana. Providence Farms provides a spacious and relatively secluded location which enables a nurturing and safe environment. The on-site 24/7 staff who interact with and ensure the accountability and safety of the residents is unique. We cannot stress enough how critical the overall environment has been to our son’s recovery, learning and assimilation back into productive society. Providence Farms mandates that all residents participate in full-time school and/or work to ensure that they are out of the residence and engaged in productive experiences like any other Northbrook resident. This enables Providence Farms to provide a rigorous and accountable home away from home environment. In addition, all residents must proactively participate in local community outreach and charitable

  • Dear president Frum, I am a former resident at Providence Farm and I am a drug addict. If you saw me walking down the street you would not know I was a drug addict. I am a nice guy with a full time job. I grew up in Glencoe with two wonderful parents and two sisters who all love me very much. Like many young people in our area, I went down a very dark path. Without going too much into that, by the time I was seventeen, I was getting ready to drop out of high school and run away from home. By the grace of God and my wonderful parents, I had the opportunity to go to treatment in California. I came back to the area after ninety days of intense inpatient and was quickly reintroduced to the same people, places and habits. There was absolutely no support system out here other than a few AA meetings for young people. Around the time I turned eighteen, I heard about the potential for a Northshore community-based, sober living environment. I attended village meetings to advocate for Providence