DLC Receives Grant from Truist for Hope Home Recovery Residence

March 22nd, 2021

Naples, Fl – David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC), Collier County’s only comprehensive, not-for-profit behavioral health provider serving children, adults and families, received a $3,835 grant from Truist. Truist, now the sixth largest U.S. bank holding company, was recently formed from the historic merger of BB&T and SunTrust. The funds will be applied to the capital expenses DLC needed to purchase and renovate its first certified recovery residence: Hope Home.

Hope Home is a six-bed recovery residence for men that opened in June 2020 and is located less than one mile away from the DLC Main Campus on Golden Gate Parkway. The cost to purchase the home and complete the renovations for the five-acre, five-bedroom residence totaled over $630,000. To date, 63 donors contributed $400,000, including in-kind furniture contributions from St. Matthew’s House and the former home owner. The Branch Banking & Trust Company funds will be applied to the $200,000 needed to cover the remaining costs.

Due to a lack of certified recovery homes in Collier County – which are often full – DLC staff and Board of Directors saw a great need to help ensure the best possible treatment outcomes for individuals in substance use recovery, especially in light of the opioid epidemic, where relapse rates and overdose risk are higher for those in early recovery. DLC’s Hope Home is one of only four Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR) certified homes in Collier County. FARR-certified homes provide accountability, a structured and healthy new environment, skill-building, goal setting, and peer support.

Hope Home is supported by recovery support specialists with sustained recovery and provides a substance-free and affordable living option for individuals in early recovery. The home is designed to help individuals transition from DLC’s Crossroads residential treatment program or other substance use recovery programs into daily life in the community.

The mission of Hope Home is to enable personal growth and powerful life transformations in a safe, sober, and peer-led environment where individuals foster connections with the recovery community, thrive in their responsibilities, and work toward fulfilling and successful independent living.

Improving access to supported housing services is outlined in Collier County’s new five-year strategic plan for mental health and addiction services. The plan was approved by the Board of County Commissioners in the Fall of 2019 and serves as a road map for community partners, donors, and government leaders as they mobilize responses to address associated current and future challenges.

The program goals include increasing housing and financial stability, improving community engagement to recovery supports, and preventing relapse.

“Research indicates that recovery housing provides those with substance use disorders a greater chance of achieving long-term recovery than those who do not live in recovery-oriented environments,” said Scott Burgess DLC CEO. “Recovery Housing is a valuable – and scarce – resource for individuals needing a safe and supportive environment conducive to building lifelong recovery success. We are very grateful to the Branch Banking & Trust Company for their support.”

To donate to Hope Home, visit DLCenters.org, call 239-354-1455, or e-mail donorcare@DLCenters.org. For more information about DLC’s Hope Home admission criteria, e-mail HopeHome@DLCenters.org, call 239-455-8500 or visit DLCHopeHome.org.

About Truist
Truist Financial Corporation (NYSE: TFC) is a purpose-driven financial services company committed to inspire and build better lives and communities. Formed by the historic merger of equals of BB&T and SunTrust, Truist has leading market share in many high-growth markets in the country. The company offers a wide range of services including retail, small business and commercial banking; asset management; capital markets; commercial real estate; corporate and institutional banking; insurance; mortgage; payments; specialized lending; and wealth management. Headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, Truist is the sixth-largest commercial bank in the U.S. with total assets of $509 billion as of December 31, 2020. Truist Bank, Member FDIC. Learn more at Truist.com.

About David Lawrence Centers

Southwest Florida nonprofit David Lawrence Centers for Behavioral Health (DLC) is a national leader providing compassionate, advanced, and exceptional mental health, substance use, and integrated healthcare solutions, available for children, adolescents and adults. DLC’s innovative treatment includes inpatient, outpatient, residential, and community-based services – a comprehensive system of care funded by community and government support. Each year, DLC serves more than 9,000 people through over 290,000 treatment sessions. To learn more, please call 239-455-8500.

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