Beverly Johnson, Executive Director
The mission of After the Rain is to provide housing for women recovering from substance abuse, homelessness and domestic violence.
Executive Director Beverly Johnson started After the Rain of Southwest Florida (ATR) in 2005, as a commitment to provide shelter and a safe structured environment. To date, it remains one of the few half-way housing facilities that assists women in recovery, homelessness and domestic violence. As a result of their Christian virtues, this non-profit home, which always runs a deficit, stays open only by “the Grace of God.” The shelter is always seeking funding to keep the program running mainly because of its policy to “turn no woman away, despite inability to pay.”
Who are the Women of ATR?
Many of the women at ATR women are “court-ordered,” recently released from jail, or homeless and seek After the Rain because of its high recovery success rates. With an intense-structured program, Beverly must perform interview assessments of all potential roommates to ensure each woman is a compatible fit with current residents. Residents are required to sign a contract to abide by strict house rules, rent payment, random drug testing and time curfews. Everyone is encouraged to complete their education, must be actively pursuing a job and leave the home every morning, seeking employment.
Responsibilities include attending outside 12-step substance abuse meetings and maintaining an “AA Sponsor.”
The primary goal is to assist these women, help them resume some normalcy in their lives, return to society, family and sometimes regain custody of their children.
Upon graduation, women leave being of “Sound Body, Mind and Soul.”
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