Breaking the cycle of addiction
What does CARP do?
CARP has resumed its original mission — to offer hope to the underserved alcoholic and drug addicted. It is currently building two genderspecific 12-step homes. Our goal is to help break the cycle of hopeless addiction, dependency and resulting homelessness among Palm Beach County’s vulnerable residents. CARP residences will employ an abstinence-based 12-step recove r y mo d e l proven to be effective against addiction. Meetings will be mandatory, and 24-hour supervision will ensure that all residents participate, with sponsorship. How does your agency benefit the community?
CARP helps alleviate the burden of homeless, addicted i ndiv i du a l s o n t he P a l m Beach County community. We recognize that those suffering from addiction need a safe, secure environment in which to learn new coping skills and to prepare to work. We will collaborate with numerous community services in Palm Beach County to empower the residents.
CARP wil l a l s o benefi t residents throughout Palm Beach County, as the ability to engage in a supportive, understanding, sober community is critical to ongoi n g re c ove r y. T h e CARP residences will provide the foundation for this ongoing community, and those who graduate from the residency programs will be invited to continue to be a part of this CARP community to ensure its long-term strength and sustainability. What i s your a ge nc y ’s focus for the future?
We are currently building two men’s and women’s 12-step homes. Each residence will welcome 24 individuals, provide supervision for residents, and feature meeting rooms as well as other amenities to provide a safe, stable, and secure homelike environment that fully supports the recovery process. How can the community help?
CARP will not be accepting funds from county, state, or federal funders, as the compliance requirements are often in direct conflict with the organization’s mission of providing abstinence-based recovery. We ask our community to remember that just $40 can fund a day of recovery and hope for a recovering alcoholic or addict.
In addition, CARP is always looking for volunteers to become a part of our growing community, to have a presence in the homes at meetings or as a sponsor, or to assist with various fundraising efforts — including drives to gather basic household items for CARP residents.
William DeMott (left), chairman of CARP’s spring luncheon, stands with guest speaker Mark Lundholm on March 10 at the 2018 Annual Spring Luncheon at Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach. The luncheon raised almost $500,000 for the 12-step home and recovery programs that help men and women overcome addiction and lead productive, sober lives.
Kelly Landers, board president of CARP