CHAMPAIGN — The new Women's SAFE House at 502 E. Church St., C, will host an open house at 4 p.m. Sunday.
The goal of the Women's SAFE House — Substance Abuse Free Environment — is to address the burdens facing women as they work to break their addictions. The program will follow a curriculum similar to the Men's SAFE House Program, which opened in 1994 and has had an 86 percent success rate. Both programs are 12-month, faith-based residential treatment programs operated by the Canaan Development Foundation of Urbana.
The daily regimen in the women's program will include educational classes, devotions, group therapy, personal counseling, volunteer work projects, evening communitywide personal enrichment courses and weekly worship services.
"Women face different burdens as they work through their addictions, so the women's program is customized to meet their needs," the Canaan Development Foundation website says. "For example, many times children are involved. The women's program will provide loving, safe housing for children while mom re-establishes her life."
The Sunday open house will feature a tour of the facility and a chance to meet the staff and the steering committee.
People may make tax-deductible donations to the program at the open house or online at http://www.canaandevelopmentfoundation.org/contribute .php  or mailed to the Canaan Development Foundation, 404 W. Main St., Urbana, IL 61801. The foundation is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Call 367-2158 for more information.