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Santa Monica House

August 15, 2018 by

Mission statement

To provide long term residential treatment to women with co-occurring disorders, to empower them to live productively drug and alcohol free.

Wish List

  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Razors
  • Cleaning products
  • Deodorant
  • Clothing/shoes
  • Household items for the apartments

Upcoming Events

  • Luncheon & Auction
    April 2019
  • Omaha Gives!
    May 2019

Background

Santa Monica provides a holistic treatment experience that utilizes proven practices to improve women’s mental, physical, and spiritual health. They use multiple therapeutic strategies to improve clients’ cognitive behavioral patterns and to address clients’ physical and psychological traumas. They help women develop a sense of personal accountability with structured programming that focuses on practical life skills, 12-step participation, and employment. Santa Monica’s halfway house program can last from six to nine months; the length of stay for each woman is individualized based on her needs and her progress in treatment. And a step-down level of care, the three-fourths-way house provides supported transition back into the community through a three-to-six-month therapeutic community living environment. Santa Monica also provides a transitional living apartment opportunity, especially for mothers with children.

This program is another step-down level that requires a one-year commitment.

Brag Lines

Santa Monica was first accredited by CARF for residential treatment of alcohol and other drugs in April 2015. Santa Monica expanded services in 2016 to include not only the halfway house program but also the three-quarter-way house. Santa Monica expanded services again in 2018 to include a transitional living apartment opportunity that will focus on reunification of women with children. The addition of these programs provides the women a longer step-down process to help them transition into the community successfully.

Pay it Forward

Santa Monica has provided quality service to the community for 45 years.
This was possible in part due to the generosity of the community through donations. Support is important now more than ever due to the strain on funding sources in the state. There are several ways to lend a helping hand to Santa Monica, whether it is monetary, clothing, toiletries or in kind service, they welcome your support.

Santa Monica House

401 S. 39th St.
Omaha, NE 68131
402-558-7088
santamonicahouse.org


The Big Give was published in the September/October 2018 edition of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

The Big Give

September 6, 2016 by
Illustration by Kristen Hoffman

Omahans give. That is no secret. Just consider the amount generated by the Omaha Community Foundation’s fourth annual Omaha Gives campaign. The 24-hour funding drive amassed almost $9 million, a new record.

In each September/October issue, Omaha Magazine helps our readers determine where to spend their charitable donations through a special advertorial called The Big Give. Inside this section, you’ll find information on a variety of charities, including their mission statements, wish lists, event dates, and more. Click here to view the entire Big Give.

This year, The Big Give spotlights:

100 Black Men of Omaha

Abide

The ALS Association Mid-America Chapter

American Red Cross

Assistance League of Omaha

Autism Action Partnership

Ballet Nebraska

CASA for Douglas County

Children’s Scholarship Fund of Omaha

Completely Kids

CUES

Diabetes Education Center of the Midlands

Empowerment Network

Film Streams, Inc.

Food Bank for the Heartland

Gesu Housing, Inc.

Global Partners in Hope

Green Omaha Coalition

Heartland Family Service

The Hope Center for Kids

ICARE Youth Services, Inc.

The Jewish Federation of Omaha

The Kim Foundation

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska

Nebraska Children’s Home Society

Nebraska Humane Society

The Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition

Ollie Webb Center, Inc.

Omaha Against Hunger

Omaha Children’s Museum

Omaha Home for Boys

Omaha Public Library Foundation

Open Door Mission

Outlook Nebraska, Inc.

Phoenix Academy

Project Harmony

Rejuvenating Women

Release Ministries, Inc.

The Salvation Army

Santa Monica House

Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter

Together

United Way of the Midlands

Youth Emergency Services

Heather Kirk

December 4, 2013 by
Photography by Bill Sitzmann

Alcohol addiction can seem like the Mount Everest of personal hurdles to overcome, something Heather Kirk knows well. The director of Santa Monica House, a halfway house for women in the Omaha area, describes the challenges and rewards of running a care facility based on the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. She’s been affiliated with the organization for over a decade.

“Society has a stigma against addicts, especially women,” Kirk says. “What we do here matters. No woman is a waste of time.” She says the program gives those going through it the tools to overcome addiction. In addition to the Twelve Steps, Santa Monica House focuses on cognitive thinking to help residents make better choices. “We empower them not to be a victim. You are responsible to make a choice in your life.”

Kirk first worked at Santa Monica House in 2004 as an administrative assistant for three years. She left to work at the post office, but remained on the board of directors at Santa Monica. After working 12-hour days, six days a week at the post office, she wanted a better balance in her life, and she missed helping others. She eventually returned to a caregiver role as program coordinator of Iowa Family Works, a Heartland Family Services residential treatment facility for women and children.

Kirk stayed connected to Santa Monica by doing service work for the organization and joining its board of directors in 2008. She finally took up the position of executive director for Santa Monica House in May of 2011, all while continuing with her own education. She received her master’s in public administration last January.

“There’s a high burn-out rate among caregivers because they often neglect their own needs,” she says. “Self-care is very important.” She keeps busy with her family. She has two teenage boys who are 18 and 19. She also enjoys sand volleyball, bowling, and going to concerts. “I’m a fan of Rob Zombie,” she admits with a chuckle.

Her profession is a calling. “I’m a spiritual person. I believe there’s a plan. It’s not always my plan,” Kirk says solemnly. Since taking over as director at Santa Monica House, she has tried to set attainable goals to better the organization. Her ultimate goal is to grow and serve more women. “There are growing pains. It’s not everything it could be yet, but I work every day to get there.” There is the constant worry of funding and getting referrals. She has to work tirelessly communicating with the public.

Santa Monica House has been in operation for 40 years and has served over 2,400 women. The national success rate for people entering treatment programs is 47 percent. Kirk says Santa Monica House has a higher success rate than that, but it’s hard to quantify success. The fact that the home is gender-specific sets it apart from other organizations. “Many women are dealing with other issues, such as codependency and sex addiction,” Kirk explains. “Not having men in the program really helps them to go through the program without additional hurdles.”

She describes the typical state of the women entering treatment: broken, beat down, no other support, and no hope. Some of them are third-generation self-medicators. Still, Kirk says that these women have more when they leave than when they first walk through the door. Even if they stumble on the road to sobriety, all is not lost. “We give them the skills they need,” she says, “but more importantly, we give them their hope back.”

 

For more information on Sant Monica House, call 402-558-7088 or visit santamonicahouse.org.