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New cottages at Blue Monarch to be completed soon

Posted on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 11:47 am

STAFF WRITER
Elena Cawley

The construction of four new transitional cottages will be completed soon to help local women who are battling addiction.
Blue Monarch, a residential recovery program in rural Coffee County founded by Susan Binkley, has the stated goal of “helping mothers who are struggling with addiction to find healing and to restore their lives through Christian values.”
“It has always been important to us for our residents to have a beautiful home and feel they deserve it,” Binkley said. “We often have new residents cry when they see our property for the first time because they cannot believe anyone would provide something so nice for them.”
“Our transitional cottages are no exception,” Binkley said. “They are colorful, nicely furnished, and have wonderful floor plans. Besides, I often say, ‘Why be ordinary if you can be extraordinary?’ And our cottages are extraordinarily amazing.”
Binkley said work on the new homes began several months ago.
“We began construction in March, but got very delayed because of all the rain,” said Binkley.
But, she said, the organization expects the project to be finalized soon.
“We hope to have them completed and furnished by the first of September,” she said.
Currently, there are four cottages for Blue Monarch residents.
Generous donations from the community made the initiative to build new homes to help additional women possible.
“We had one family who donated the majority of what we needed,” Binkley said. “We raised the rest ourselves.”
The transitional housing project is important in that it helps local women take their first steps to a brighter future.
“Our WINGS (Women In Newly Grounded Success) transitional program for graduates has proven to increase our success rate from 78% to 93%,” Binkley said. “We track the success of our graduates within the first year after they complete our core curriculum, which is a 12-18 month program.”
To track the success, Binkley said, three areas are measured: incarceration, lost custody or visitation rights, and whether participants are attending school or employed.
“By providing the transitional housing for our graduates, with continued support from our staff, the graduates are able to avoid pitfalls and implement the tools they learned at Blue Monarch to be more successful,” she said.
For more information about Blue Monarch, contact Operations Director Kate Cataldo at 931-924-8900 or visit www.bluemonarch.org.