Our Fifth Anniversary

Five years ago today the doors opened at the Sanctuary in Delray Beach. A few days later our first resident arrived. At that time there were two homes for men with 10 total beds.

Later that year, in December of 2005, we began looking for another home in the neighborhood. In May of 2006 our clients began to occupy the Bungalow, our third residence, which now houses our female residents.

In December of 2006 the Sanctuary was acquired by the Crossroads at Antigua Foundation (it is a source of great pride to our staff that such a highly respected organization saw fit to take the Sanctuary under its proverbial wing). Finally, in the summer of 2008 we opened our five-bed residence for women, as well as our remote case management office.

Over the course of these five years we have been blessed to work with some of the finest professionals in the addiction field and honored to serve over 200 clients.

As we have traversed this path we have sought to make each and every decision, each one of these 1,825 days, with the best interest of our clients in mind.

Any success we have achieved has been a result of using this simple approach. We will continue to use it. In putting our clients first, we model healthy behavior for them.

We would be remiss not to mention the losses we endured in 2009. Rhonda Styburski, rest her soul, was a key part of our team from day one. And, last summer we buried Peaches, the shelter dog we adopted at a client’s request. She was a mascot of sorts.

But, overall, the Sanctuary experience has been tremendously positive.

Thanks to our clients, their families, and those in the helping profession, we are blessed to witness people changing the course of their lives and to assist them in that endeavor.

In progress is the planning for an event by which our clients can help us celebrate this milestone. An announcement with details of that event will be forthcoming.

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