Residential Services Programs

Residential Services Programs | Boston

Working in tandem with our Health Center and Child and Family Services, our residential programs are seamlessly integrated, ensuring individuals and families find the health care and the community resources critical to making those determined steps beyond our doors. The following four residential programs are based on Dimock’s campus.

Women’s Renewal-CSS (Clinical Stabilization Services)

Women’s Renewal-Clinical Stabilization Services at Dimock provides intensive clinical services for up to 20 women from one to four weeks, addressing the complex needs of women in early recovery. The program supports women who have ongoing issues with substance use, mental health and trauma by offering structure, comprehensive support and, most importantly, hope. The program creates a “Healing Community,” using best practices including trauma informed care, motivational interviewing, harm reduction, music, art, yoga and other expressive therapies.

Our Services
During their time in the program, women are given the space and support to regroup, reflect and refocus their lives. Each week, women receive individual clinical and group therapies that focus on developing effective coping skills and understanding the complex nature of addiction. Together, staff and clients create an effective plan for their continued treatment. The program provides residents with homework to enhance the learning process as well as a “Roadmap to Recovery,” a planning tool to help them prepare for their life in recovery.

Participants also are connected to our Health Center’s OBGYN clinic for preventive care, including annual exams and other needed screenings. Women’s Total Health has supported more than 100 women in the past year, providing critical, often first-time, OBGYN care.

The Program Director oversees a skilled team of Master’s level clinicians, care coordinators, direct care and administrative staff. Women’s Renewal is funded by the  Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services and third party insurance (Neighborhood Health Plan, Beacon Health and Network Health). Women’s Renewal welcomes women receiving methadone and/or suboxone as part of a medical assisted treatment program, and women who are pregnant.

For more information about Women’s Renewal-CSS, please contact: 617-442-8800 ext. 3028


My Sister’s House

My Sister’s House (MSH) is our second “Healing Community,” providing longer-term residential and supportive care for a maximum of 22 women for up to one year. Staff partner with women to develop goals and objectives for all aspects of their life while providing a safe, supportive environment in which clients live independently within the community. The program uses best practices that include trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and harm reduction.

Our Services
Staff support the women to learn healthy living skills, self-care practices and the ability to develop caring relationships with fellow residents. They also connect women to Dimock’s health services to ensure that they address and learn to manage their health proactively after having possibly neglected it during substance use. My Sister’s House offers a full array of individual and group counseling, case management services and family stabilization support, including 12-step meetings, parenting education, family visits, yoga, mindfulness and healthy cooking. In addition, Many women transition to My Sister’s House directly from our Women’s Renewal program. Our staff help clients learn healthy living skills by managing many of the day to day activities crucial to life in the community. Residents gradually move through different phases of the program as they heal, building a deeper connection to fellow residents along the way and helping new participants get acclimated to the program. My Sister’s House welcomes women using methadone and/or suboxone and women who are pregnant. The program is funded by the  Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

“Dimock staff see things in the women that you don’t see in yourself, and they are very supportive and encouraged me to be the best I can be…
I love the fact that I have a comprehensive plan that includes psychiatric counseling, crisis stabilization, a primary care physician, and an eye doctor – all at The Dimock Center. These services are preparing me to move forward with my life.”
– Tara

For more information about My Sister’s House, please contact: 617-442-8800 ext. 3030


John Flowers Recovery Home

The John Flowers Recovery Home provides residential support for 21 men for up to six months following completion of a detox program. The program is staffed by a licensed clinician and other case managers. Residents work outside the home, receiving support to secure employment within one month of arrival.

Our Services
We offer men individual and group counseling, case management and family stabilization as well as access to the breadth of comprehensive services in our Health Center and Child and Family Services divisions. Through an alumni network, participants stay connected with peers to provide ongoing encouragement and sharing of experiences to aid their recovery. Former participants in the program find this ongoing support particularly valuable as they progress with their recovery while gradually advancing in their personal and professional goals. The program is licensed and funded by the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

“When I came to Dimock, everybody that was here was in a positive mind frame. And because of that positive mind frame, it was hard to be negative…

When I came to Dimock, there was so much recovery. Not just recovery in the sense of AA meetings. But people recovering things in their life–family, employment, housing…”

– David

For more information about John Flowers Recovery Home, please contact: 617-442-8800 ext. 1336


Askia Academy

The Askia Academy, named for community activist Nate Askia, serves a maximum of 24 men in ongoing recovery for up to one year. Askia Academy is a healing community providing comprehensive support to men to prepare for self-sufficiency and ongoing recovery.

Our Services
We offer men daily individual and group counseling, family stabilization, job preparation support, educational/vocational program referrals and peer-to-peer mentoring. Men also are referred to our health center for primary and specialized care, and their children are connected to our Child and Family Services for enrollment in Head Start, early intervention and other services. The program is licensed and funded by the Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services.

For more information about Askia Academy, please contact: 617-442-8800, ext. 1654


Ruth Kelley Ummi’s House

Named for a former Dimock Director of Behavioral Health, the Ruth Kelley Ummi’s House (RKUH) is based in a brownstone in Roxbury’s nearby Fort Hill neighborhood. The program provides housing and intensive case management to women and children. We serve previously incarcerated women who are living with multiple health, mental health and substance use issues, including HIV/AIDS and bipolar disorder. We welcome pregnant women and women who are on methadone maintenance. The majority of the children are under the care of the Department of Children and Families (DCF). Families live at RKUH from six to 24 months and continue to receive supportive services for an additional six months once they move to their own homes. Past participants also meet in a monthly alumni group for peer support.

Our Services
RKUH is a long-term stabilization program. Families enter the program having experienced significant trauma, in some cases dating back to the women’s own childhoods. The program focuses on moving on and moving forward. Case managers help each woman develop her plan and find the critical resources she’ll need to move on to permanent housing, advance her education, secure employment and access services for her children. The program also offers an Alumni group, which meets on a monthly basis providing peer-to-peer and relapse prevention support. The  Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, the City of Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development and private donations support the program.

For further information about Ruth Kelly Ummis House, please contact: 617-442-6778