History: Nancy Smith, the Executive Director of Rosewood House of Recovery, approached Nehemiah CRC in 2002 about expanding her operations. At the time, she operated a ten bedroom transitional housing program for women suffering from alcohol and other drug addictions. In addition to providing affordable housing, the program helped women to overcome their addictions, to develop economic independence and to move toward a more productive lifestyle. Whereas typical addiction programs have a success rate of 30 percent, 60 percent of Rosewood’s residents overcome their dependence on alcohol or other drugs.
Challenge: Build a residential facility for drug addicted women, which included office space for the Rosewood staff. In addition, Rosewood decided that they wanted to be a certified LEEDS structure, one of the first in the state.
Solution: Nehemiah, working closely with Rosewood staff, brought together additional funding sources including the South Carolina State Housing Finance and Development Authority’s HOME Program and Housing Trust Fund Programs, the City of Greenville’s HOME program, and private donations to complete the facility in 2003. The facility is now successfully owned and operated by Miracle Hill Ministries.