History Of The Building
We believe it is important to provide clients with a comfortable home [in which to reside while doing this important work.] Environment plays a key role in the healing process. Many clients have not practiced self-care for a long time – many never learned how to do so to begin with. This reinforces negative beliefs about themselves and their inherent value. The 7th street program offers an environment that supports development of self-worth and the motivation to build a better life.
7th Street is the perfect blend of stately, historic mansion and cozy, homey atmosphere. It boasts all the beloved features of an upscale home of this era, such as high ceilings, decorative moldings, and a large porch with stately columns. Yet is is thoroughly modern as well. Spaces are provided both for group interaction and quiet introspection. Common areas include a living/group room with what size? TV, and a large kitchen with industrial-grade stainless appliances, island and wrap-around counters; open to the dining area with room for family-style meals.
The bedrooms are spacious and comfortable, [with ample space for each client to spread out and personalize as his/her own.] The women’s (top two levels) and men’s (lower level) dorm areas are separated by the main floor, offering additional privacy and comfort. Each dorm area has two bathrooms, with the women’s dorm having an additional shower and vanity area. [Each dorm has its own advantages; the male bathrooms were recently renovated, while the top level of the house has a huge terrace for sunning or relaxing with a good book.]The building is situated on over a half acre of lovely grounds, providing a sense of privacy and quiet, despite our central location. The grounds offer plenty of space for a game of volleyball or tossing a football around, as well as half-court basketball and an outdoor fire-pit. We hope to use the warmer months to dig into the large garden space and plant some veggies. Many different areas exist around the property from which to enjoy the healing benefits of nature.