The Lovelady Center in Birmingham, AL

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(3.5 of 5)
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7916 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham AL 35206

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Areas of Specialization

Holistic Therapy , Residential Treatment

Facility Highlights

Addiction Counseling Services
Life-Skills Training
Post-Secondary Education

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ABOUT THE LOVELADY CENTER

Inspired by the founder’s own brush with the law in 2004 –– and her subsequent exposure to the “revolving door” phenomenon of the prison system –– nonprofit The Lovelady Center (TLC) began as a prison Bible study group and has since developed into a long-term, faith-based rehab program for women. The stated mission of the Lovelady Center is to empower women from all walks of life to become fully functioning members of society and women of God.

TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT

Although the long-term rehab serves women who have been involved in the criminal justice system and aims to prevent re-incarceration, women who have struggled with homelessness, addiction, and/or domestic abuse also find shelter here. Described as a “Whole Way House,” TLC provides women with nine to 12 months of spiritual counseling and life skills training on topics such as financial literacy, anger management, and relationship development. The center does not appear to offer any substance abuse counseling; rather, it offers spiritual counseling on a variety of topics designed to help clients lead healthy lives.

Alongside spiritual instruction, “Loveladies” receive three meals a day, health and dental care, access to a legal clinic, clothing and hygiene products, and on-site childcare. Educational services are also provided, including GED tutoring and college tutoring.

An aftercare program called KoKo, short for "Keep on Keeping on," offers housing assistance, employment opportunities at TLC's thrift stores, continuing education, 12-step meetings, Bible studies, and training that enables graduates to mentor future TLC residents.

STAFF CREDENTIALS

There is currently no information provided by the facility regarding its treatment staff, except that about 90 percent of staff are graduates of the program. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the staff's level of training and experience gave it an average rating of 3.6 out of five stars.

ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES

Originally run out of the founder's home, the facility now serves more than 450 women and children at a time from an adapted former hospital. Transportation services are provided 24 hours a day. The organization also operates two thrift stores, which provide employment for some of the residents.

There's an on-site school for children aged between kindergarten and fifth grade, which addresses the academic and emotional needs of children whose mothers are attending TLC.

The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's exercise and leisure offerings gave them an average rating of 3.4 stars, and the four individuals polled on the center's cleanliness gave it a 3.25-star average.

WHAT ALUMNI SAY

Of the 11 alumni reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, four were positive, four were mixed, and three were negative. The positive reviewers repeatedly praised the support, help, and respect they found at the facility: "The love and support during and after the program is outstanding," Susan wrote in a representative review. In isolated praise, other reviewers praised the center's aftercare program, strong faith basis, and employment support.

Reviewers also repeatedly described the facility as dirty: "Food islop like in Prison. Bed bugs. filthy," Lisa wrote in a representative review. Lisa also mentioned another repeated complaint: that residents "come and go as they please": "Too much freedom in and out," G.T. wrote. In addition, reviewers repeatedly noted that they felt the center was lacking in counseling and treatment options for substance abuse: "Feel that this is a great place for some but when you have people that are still struggling all the lovelady wants to do is to tell u to grow up and do right well some people need more help than that," C. wrote, and Pamela added: "I just think that there are a lot of ways to help an addict that were never covered while I was there."

WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY

Of the three reviews submitted to Rehabs.com to date, two were positive and one was mixed. The mixed reviewer echoed alumni complaints about lax rules on leaving and returning to the facility: "I felt as though there was insufficient security and feel like there should have been better rules," C.S. wrote.

"Strong faith based, wonderful counseling, job training, education offered. They just need more financial backing, and a bigger facility," an anonymous reviewer wrote, in the only other substantive comment submitted to Rehabs.com by a loved one at the time of this writing.

FINANCING

As a nonprofit, The Lovelady Center is funded through its two thrifts stores, as well as donations from individuals, foundations, and churches. The four individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's affordability gave it an average rating of 3.75 out of five stars.

Published on June 2017

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Well.....they get good money torun the place. Food islop like in Prison. Bed bugs. filthy, everyone comes and goes as they please. I dont know who is writting all the possitive things but HELLO. It will keep a roof over your head and out of the cold.. I never met "THE MS LOVE LADY"..

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Ok so i am a current resident of the lovelady and feel that this is a great place for some but when you have people that are still struggling all the lovelady wants to do is to tell u to grow up and do right well some people need more help than that if this was such a great place that people talk about they would no be as hard on some and not others there are girls that have been here multiple time and getting more than those that have not now yes they need the help but shouldnt you make sure the girls are good before you push them out or make them feel so bad they just can not take it no more i have 2 girls that i have met here that are wonderful but are not all the way here and need a little more attention so before you send some one you love here just think if the need special needs this place is no for them

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This place needs fixed.

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The work with you, but they keep you from doing things and do not let you communicate with outside people but for certain times. Of you want to leave without seeking treament they don't try to change your mind and explain you can do better

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I can say i was there for quite awhile. Very Christian based, that is for sure a PLUS. Met some wonderful women there. The women that made mistakes, non positive drug screens but other, were kicked out instead of truly working with that indiv. i feel that po;icy should be looked it. Too much freedom in and out. But then these women earn trust. Overall the owners wonderful wonderful people. But center is dirty, huge program with beg bugs. Instead of spending money on some things bring in more counsling, thses women need weekly counsling. ........2014-2015

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The love and support during and after the program is outstanding. The facility also alliws children. This facility is for women and children and they also assist with other issues a person may have due to their addiction such as helping women get custody if children and any other legal issues. The aftercare program is awesome they help with housing and employment. They also have an SRP program alliwing women to be released from prison early into the program with support of the DOC.

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Strong faith based, wonderful counseling, job training, education offered. They just need more financial backing, and a bigger facility.

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i thought this was a place for help

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The facility is a faith based facility. It feels like you are a prisoner there. I just think that there are a lot of ways to help an addict that were never covered while I was there.

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Strong faith base. Highly recommend it, it has brought me to God! Of course, there is always room for improvement.

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The marketing was good; she is still there.

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Wished she could have stayed; she was there 30 days. I felt as though there was insufficient security and feel like there should have been better rules. On mothers' day we got to visit, only because of holiday.

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I was given a lot of respect and the staff was very supportive.

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They offer the help you need if you want it. They can help you find a job.

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