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ADDICTION destroys · PDF file Recovery without relapse is possible in an Oxford home. Each home forms its own family and is situated in a suburban neighbourhood away from danger areas.

Mar 19, 2020




  • ADDIC TION destroys families

    RECOVERY restores families

    Annual Report 2017/2018

    Annual Report 2017/2018

  • Addiction is a family disease. One person may be inflicted, but the

    whole family suffers.

    Through the provision of a home and support offered by experienced

    staff, Oxford residents are empowered to take responsibility in their

    own recovery and make valuable contributions in their community.

    Recovery without relapse is possible in an Oxford home. Each home

    forms its own family and is situated in a suburban neighbourhood away

    from danger areas.

    Through staff support and peer support from other residents, people in

    recovery find understanding and hope while learning how to live with

    life’s challenges, mend broken relationships and develop new social


    O U R M I S S I O N T O P R O V I D E P E O P L E

    I N R E C O V E R Y F R O M

    A D D I C T I O N S ,

    A S U P P O R T I V E

    P R O G R A M A N D S A F E

    H O M E T O A C H I E V E

    A P R O D U C T I V E ,

    R E W A R D I N G , C L E A N

    S O B E R L I F E .

    We believe in the goodness, dignity and potential of

    men and women with alcohol and drug addiction

    and that, by providing them with safe and affordable

    housing, they will have the best opportunity for full,

    long-term recovery.

    O U R V I S I O N T O E S T A B L I S H

    R E C O V E R Y H O M E S

    W I T H E N G A G E D

    C O M M U N I T I E S

    L O O K I N G T O D E V E L O P

    C L E A N A N D S O B E R

    L I V I N G F O R P E O P L E

    C O M M I T T E D T O

    R E C O V E R Y .

    We have an opportunity to expand the Oxford House

    model in rural communities.

    Helping people in recovery take their lives back


    ON BEHALF OF the Board of Directors and staff of Oxford House, Homes for Recovery, I would like to welcome you to the 22nd Annual Community Gathering.

    Over the past year, Oxford House has continued to meet the unique needs of men and women in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction through safe, affordable housing and support. Today we own and operate 28 houses throughout Alberta. That is one more than in 2017.

    Over the last year, our Executive Director and Staff worked diligently in researching and developing future partnerships with rural communities throughout Alberta where there is a deficit of housing for individuals coming out of treatment and in need of a home to live in as they continue in their recovery. As a result, we have purchased a house in Drumheller, Alberta, which is currently at full occupancy.

    We are continuing to work with both Municipal and Provincial governments to help them understand the important role Oxford House plays in the community.

    The First 30 Days program continues to be successful with the assistance of increased donors. This program allows residents to settle into their new home quicker by providing them with food, bedding, toiletries, etc., to help them get started.

    I would like to take this opportunity to extend our appreciation to the volunteers and Board Members who dedicated numerous hours to Oxford House over this past year. Additionally, I would like to give my sincerest thanks to the staff, who generously give their time and efforts to the successful administration and implementation of services to the residents of Oxford House and to the community. And, to our donors, of whom we would not be able to deliver the level of service we are committed to, thank you for believing in people.

    I would like to honour three long service Board Members who retired from the Board of Directors this year; namely, Cecil Lukenbill, Michael Pashelka, and George Stady. Their tenure, devotion and belief in Oxford House is unbelievable. Their sage advice will be missed at our quarterly meetings. All the best to you.

    On behalf of Oxford House, and in honour of the late Ron MacMillan, the founder of Oxford House, I express my heartfelt thanks to our funders and donors for their continuous support and understanding.

    Debra J. Johnstone

    Chair, Oxford House Foundation

    Message from the Chair

    Debra J. Johnstone Chair of the

    Board of Directors

    Debra J. Johnstone Retired (Partner at Cenara)


    Rod Wilkinson Retired


    Kim Walmsley Lighthouse Bookkeeping


    Leanne Froese (Oxford House Alumni) Trade Winds to Success


    Diedra Black Executive, Human Resources


    Eve MacMillan Retired (Executive Director,

    Sunrise Native Addiction Services) HONORARY DIRECTOR

    OX F O R D H O U S E F O U N DAT I O N

    Board of Directors

  • Addiction is a destroyer. It numbs you, and then ravages you. It leaves behind a shell of the person you once were. It drives a wedge between you and the people you love.

    When a man or woman makes the decision to stop using and goes into

    treatment, they are often worried about where they will go next. Going

    back to the same situation that fed their addiction creates stress and fear

    of relapse. Oxford House knows this and fills a gap in providing sober

    living recovery homes in a timely manner for those who have completed

    treatment. Often the transition from treatment to an Oxford House home is

    seamless, ensuring that newly sober people do not fall through the cracks

    due to long waiting lists.

    The Oxford House program works, but we came face to face with a difficult

    challenge this past year. In April, our occupancy rates hit an all time low.

    In studying our data and creating space for conversation, we were able

    to pinpoint specific houses that had frequent turnovers and took a good

    hard look at them. We learned some of the houses needed to be renovated

    while others needed more seasoned residents and more guidance from

    staff. And so we got to work, updating each home that needed it, and

    implemented the Entry Level Housing Program for residents that need it.

    The Entry Level Oxford House program guides residents who need a bit

    more help upping their chances for life-long sobriety and independence.

    One men’s house and one women’s house is home to new residents who

    need extra help to gain employment and time to relearn important skills

    for independent living. Already we are seeing encouraging results. Both

    entry-level houses are at full occupancy. The peer-to-peer mentoring of the

    house leads, in consultation with program staff, is cause for celebration.

    House leads who have lived experience and are proven role models of

    the Oxford House program, support residents during their time in entry-

    level housing. This seems to be making a significant difference both, in

    outcomes for our residents and operationally for Oxford House. Entry-

    level residents are learning what it means to be part of the Oxford House

    Message from the Executive Director


    Patrick Nixon Executive Director


    34% WOMEN



    66% MEN


    APRIL 2017 – MARCH 2018

  • program, are well on their way to overcoming addiction and living fuller

    lives, and Oxford House is regularly hitting its goal of 80% plus occupancy.

    Moving forward, we will continue to evaluate and tweak the Oxford House

    program as needed, recognizing the best source to better our approach to

    recovery, are the very people who have made Oxford House their home. We

    are listening through regular resident surveys and one to one conversation.

    We know that our best homes are filled with people who take peer-to-peer

    support seriously.

    I invite you to read Dora’s story, written by her, on pages 6 & 7. Having a

    sober home with structure and support was exactly what she needed.

    Dora reminds me how important our work is at Oxford House, and how

    a determined person who takes hold of the help offered, can become the

    best version of herself.

    Yes, addiction is a destroyer. However, recovery is a builder. It humbles you and then builds you up. It sets the foundation upon which you can rebuild relationships with the people you love and live a richer, more meaningful, and independent life. Oxford House is passionate about the role we play in creating an environment that does exactly that.


    “Entry level residents are

    learning what it means to be part

    of the Oxford House program

    and are well on their way

    to overcoming addiction and

    living fuller lives.”

  • agency partnerships | Calgary Food Bank | Claresholm Treatment Centre | Grace House Drumheller Society for Recovery |

    | Henwood Treatment Centre | Lander Treatment Centre | Prospect Career LINKS | Sunrise Native Addictions |

    Oxford House partnerships Oxford House partners provide grants, gift-in-kind donations, training, and reduced cost for services