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Where are your programs located?

Our residential and day programs are located at 160 Jarvis Street (at Shuter) within the Harbour Light Complex in downtown Toronto. We are easy to reach on public transit.
Our Scarborough day program is located at the intersection of Markham Road and Ellesmere Road inside the Salvation Army Cedarbrae Community Church, 2085 Ellesmere Road in Scarborough. This program is also easy to reach by TTC.
When you speak with an intake worker, she will give you exact directions.

How long is the program?

Our programs are all approximately 10 weeks in length. There is some flexibility to accommodate special requirements. After completing the intensive part of our programs, you can access aftercare counselling for up to 2 years.

What kind of addictions do The Homestead's programs treat?

We work with women with challenges relating to substance use; alcohol, prescription drugs, street drugs, inhalants. These addictions may co-exist with other issues including gambling, sexual addiction, eating disorders. While these other issues are not our areas of expertise, we will work with you to find the very best support available to help you address these difficulties as well.

What do I have to do to apply for one of your programs?

Please call one of our intake workers.
For our downtown location, please call
416-921-0953, between 8:30 and 3:30, Monday to Friday.
For our Scarborough program, please call
416-431-4379, between 10:30 and 5:30 Monday to Friday.
Our downtown location also holds an open orientation session and pre-treatment group every Monday afternoon starting at 1:00 p.m. You are welcome to drop in and hear about our programs and ask any questions you may have.

How long will I have to wait to start treatment?

Our programs usually have a fairly short waiting list (one month or less). The Homestead is a continuous intake program. Once you have been assessed and have chosen to enter treatment, you will be placed on the waiting list. We will call you as soon as a bed is available for you, and you should be prepared to move in to the residece or to begin your day program with 3-5 days notice. Residential treatment usually has the longest waiting list, but if you are able to attend day treatment you can usually begin a bit more quickly. Please speak to the intake worker for more exact information about our current waiting list.

Do I have to go to withdrawal management before starting a Homestead program?

Acute early withdrawal can sometimes cause symptoms that make it difficult to focus on your treatment program, so The Homestead requires 3 days "clean time" before beginning treatment. The decision to attend a withdrawal management program before beginning treatment is a personal one, based on your own needs. We strongly recommend that you speak with your intake worker about your withdrawal management plan before starting treatment. On the day you enter treatment you will be tested for drug and alcohol levels, and if they show significant levels of use, your first week assessment period may be extended, or you may be referred for withdrawal support and asked to return to treatment at a later date.

Can I attend The Homestead's programs if I'm on methadone therapy?

Yes you can. If you wish to attend day treatment at either of our locations, you can continue your current methadone treatment with your current physician. You will need to inform your intake worker, since drug screening is part of our programs. If you are applying for residential treatment, we will ask you to see our physician, who manages methadone therapy for all of our residential clients. She will work with you to see that your therapy is uninterrupted, and available nearby while you are in residence with us. Once you have completed your stay with us, your methadone treatment can be referred back to your own doctor. Please speak with our intake worker for more information.

Do I have to take drug or alcohol tests while I'm at one of The Homestead's programs?

Yes. We believe that healthy accountability is an important component in a recovery plan. Because we are an abstinence-based program, you will be required to participate in urine testing and/or breathalyzer testing regularly throughout your program.

Are any of The Homestead's programs wheelchair accessible?

Our Scarborough site is wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, our downtown site is not.

What will I be doing every day at one of The Homestead's programs?

Please follow this link to take a look at a typical week's schedule for our downtown programs, and this link to see a schedule for a typical week at our Scarborough program.

Can I visit my family or friends while I'm in The Homestead's residential program? Am I allowed to go out at all?

Yes. We believe that the support of family and friends is important to all women in recovery. After your first week of treatment, you will be able to arrange to visit with family or friends at the residence, or, after your first week in residence, you will be able to arrange with your counsellor for outings to be with family or friends. We want you to have the opportunity to practice the new skills and strategies you are learning in treatment in real-world situations, while continuing to have the support of full-time treatment. As you progress through the program, you will qualify for overnight passes.

Can I attend The Homestead's programs if I'm on bail, parole or probation?

In most cases we can accommodate you. Please speak with one of our intake workers about your particular legal requirements.

The Salvation Army is a Christian organization. Do I have to be a Christian to go to one of The Homestead's programs?

The Homestead welcomes women of every faith background. We believe that a healthy spiritual life is critical to recovery. We are affiliated with the The Salvation Army?s Bloor Central and 614 Community churches, and our clients attend at one of these churches there during their first week at our downtown residential program. On following weekends, our clients can attend their own church or faith community, or they may continue to attend at Bloor Central or 614. Church attendance is not mandatory after the first week in residence, but we encourage all of our clients, in residential or day treatment, to make their spiritual life a priority. We have our own chaplain, who conducts regular chapel services, Bible studies and other observances on request, and is available for spiritual counselling.

Can I attend The Homestead's programs if I have other health problems?

Yes. We want to work with you as an individual, and whenever possible to accommodate your needs. The only conditions are that you are medically stable and able to participate actively in the program you've chosen. We have an excellent primary care physician who visits our downtown site weekly. If you have any medical needs while attending the program, you can see her on request. If we are not sure that, because of a health condition, you will be able to manage a full time program, we may request a medical clearance before admitting you to treatment. This applies to both physical and mental health issues.

Can I attend The Homestead's programs if I need to take prescription medications?

In most cases, yes. Prescription medications are an important part of the treatment for many physical and mental illnesses. Most of them are safe to take within the context of a treatment program. There are, however, a few exceptions. Please discuss your medical situation with an intake worker, and she will be able to advise you.

Can The Homestead's residential program accommodate my special dietary needs?

In our temporary location we have very limited ability to provide for special dietary needs. . Please inform your intake worker of any severe (anaphylactic) food allergies

Do I need to pay for anything at The Homestead's programs?

Virtually everything you need is covered at all of The Homestead's programs. Because we are funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, any woman with an Ontario Health Card can attend our programs without fees. In our residential program, your food, accommodation and laundry are all made available without charge. There is a $10.00 one-time fee for program materials. You may want to have some spending money while you are in residence, for treats, outings or phone calls. If your supporters live outside the Toronto area, you may want to purchase a long distance card so that you can keep in touch. The Homestead does not provide long distance service for personal calls. While we keep an emergency supply of toiletries and personal care items, you will probably want to bring your own, and you may need to replenish some items while you are in residence.

Can I attend The Homestead's programs if I'm pregnant?

Absolutely! We want to encourage you to attend treatment if you are pregnant. As long as you are medically stable, we are happy to work with you in residential or day treatment. Please contact us to speak with an intake worker.

Can I attend a Homestead program if I have language or reading problems?

Yes, if you can understand and speak English. If reading and/or writing is a problem, we can accommodate you. We try to work in a wide variety of learning styles, so that there is something for everyone! Please let your intake worker know about any special learning needs that you have.

Will The Homestead protect my privacy and confidentiality?

Yes! We are governed by the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act, as well as our own Salvation Army policies on confidentiality and privacy. We work very hard to protect your privacy before, during, and after your treatment with us. Your intake worker will provide you with a copy of our privacy policy, and will explain to you the ways that we work to provide a safe and confidential environment for all of our clients.

I am a MTF transgendered woman. Can I come to The Homestead's programs?

Yes. If you self-identify as a woman, you are welcome at The Homestead.

I am a lesbian woman. Can I come to The Homestead's programs?

Yes. Sexual orientation is no barrier to participation in any Homestead program.

I have young children. Is there any provision for child care at The Homestead?

At this time unfortunately we do not have child care provisions at The Homestead. Please speak to your intake worker if you have concerns about child care while you are in treatment. We will do our best to assist you with this issue.

Can I have CAS supervised visits at any of The Homestead's programs?

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate CAS supervised visits at our temporary facility. If you have such visits, please inform your intake worker.

Is there support available to me after I finish The Homestead's programs?

Yes. We consider aftercare a very important component of treatment. You can access relapse prevention and alumni aftercare groups as well as individual counselling for up to two years after your intensive treatment is completed. You are also more than welcome to call The Homestead's downtown site day or night, seven days a week if you need support, encouragement or referrals.

What can I bring with me when I come to The Homestead's residential program?

Please look here for a complete guide to moving into The Homestead residential program.

Can I attend the Homestead if I'm a smoker?

Yes, smokers are welcome, however, smoking is limited to specific areas and times. In order to ensure the safety of all clients, all smoking materials (cigarettes, matches, lighters) must be left with staff while clients are in the building. Smoking breaks may be taken at a number of times each day. The Homestead will also provide a limited number of nicotine replacement gum pieces daily to clients who are trying to cut down on their smoking. Please speak to an intake worker for more information.