Soul Sanctuary in the Desert is a unique volunteer driven non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. Dedicated to actively working with at-risk families to break the generational cycle of substance abuse and domestic violence through its support of women and children. Some transitional housing programs are established as for-profit businesses, grouping three to four adults in each bedroom to maximize income. Women with small children are often unable to find space and support within this type of transitional living program. With this knowledge in hand, in 2004 Soul Sanctuary opened its first non-profit housing program for women, allowing mothers and children to have their own bedroom and personal space.

Women participating in the program are required to address their personal issues of addiction and co-dependence, and to demonstrate continued progress and development during their enrollment. Programs range from six months to two years and are focused on helping the women meet specific goals such as getting a job, attending a trade school or completing an associates degree.

The program has been successful in changing lives because women are required to develop and follow their own personal program, which they have created with the help and supervision of facilitators. This approach empowers and guides the individual as they choose the services they need. Participants are required to participate in physical, psychological and spiritual programs, as well as activities that enhance positive interaction with their children. This begins their family healing process, allowing the women to break the cycle of abuse and codependence that they risk teaching to their young children.

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