As the Mon Valley is home to many, there is a significant problem affecting our communities, families, neighborhoods, schools, etc. We are past due of having the conversation about drug and alcohol addiction. In 2014, law officials recorded 1,864 substance-related violations. There were 613 overdose deaths in 2016, an increase from 424 fatal overdoses in 2015. A large portion of overdose victims can attribute their substance use disorder to prescription painkillers and heroin addiction, according to a July 2016 report. Reports indicate that drug and alcohol addictions are impacting 70% of neighborhoods, and primarily those who are considered underprivileged. Heuer House is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit/faith-based recovery services organization dedicated to providing a safe, affordable, sober and structural living atmosphere to individuals recovering from alcohol and drug addiction. Our goal is to encourage and instill personal growth through educational, counseling and work-force training.
Heuer House currently has 2 buildings. (1) one building provides housing for 6 women on the top floor, a full café and slightly used clothing store which is utilized for workforce development for residents on the first floor, and on the bottom level there is a large conference room that is utilized for AA and NA meetings 6 evenings a week and computer classes for residents of Heuer House as well as residents in the community. (2) the second building provides housing for 6 males who are in recovery on the top floor and on the first floor there is a community food bank.
Heuer House is currently ran by an Executive Director and Program Manager, both positions are volunteer and unpaid. It is the hope to secure funding that can assist with minor cosmetic maintenance of the building, purchase furniture and equipment, and support programmatic expenses.