Eva's Village Philosophy
Founded in 1981, Eva’s Village was the first peer-driven recovery center in New Jersey. The facility believes that active drug and alcohol addiction can be overcome through spiritual awareness and community integration, and offers a safe and welcoming environment for recovery, as well as fellowship and peer-to-peer support. Both residential and outpatient services are offered, as well as onsite child-care for mothers with dependent children.
Areas of Specialization
Outpatient treatment describes all addiction treatment that is not residential. Patients live at home while undergoing rehab.
Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.
Meet the Staff
The Executive Director is appointed by the Board of Directors and manages and administers all the activities and departments of Eva’s Village. Marie Reger has held the position of Executive Director since 2012, and previously served as Chief Financial Officer of Eva’s Village for seven years. During her tenure she provided the financial planning and strategy for the organization's growth from a $3m to $8m budget and created a new organization-wide accounting and payroll system to increase operational efficiency. As Executive Director she has overseen the expansion of clinic facilities and programs as well as the creation of an integrated food service department and new programs for child care and education.
Administrative Director Clinical Services
Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Administrative Director of Clinical Services supervises all clinical staff and is responsible for the direction, provision and quality of all clinical services. Michael Santillo is a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) with twenty years of experience in the field and has held the position of Administrative Director of Clinical Services at Eva’s Village for the past ten years. He has led the expansion of Eva’s Village residential and outpatient alcohol and drug treatment programs, now encompassing 163 residential halfway house beds for men, women and women with children as well as Eva’s 180 slot partial care, intensive outpatient and standard outpatient programs. He is a member of the Professional Advisory Committee of the NJ Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services, and co-chair of the Passaic County Department of Human Services Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services Professional Advisory Committee. He is the President of the Association of Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Halfway Houses of NJ, a non-profit statewide organization consisting of fifteen residential treatment providers.
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ABOUT EVA’S VILLAGE
Eva’s Village was founded in 1982 as a small soup kitchen, and is now a faith-based nonprofit in the city of Paterson, northeastern New Jersey. The organization provides food and housing to the hungry and homeless, as well as residential and outpatient substance use disorder treatment for men, women, and mothers with children. It's one of 104 New Jersey facilities (28%) to offer addiction services to pregnant or postpartum women, and one of just 30 (2.3%) New Jersey facilities to have an opioid treatment program.
Eva's Village also operates a medical and dental clinic that provides free services to uninsured and underinsured residents of Paterson.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
Residential treatment is offered in gender-separate programs, both of which are based on the 12-Steps and split into three phases. The programs include comprehensive assessment, group and individual counseling, addiction education, and family support, as well as on-site 12-step meetings. Clients also receive workforce development training, which includes guidance on resume writing, job searching, and job applications, plus mock job fairs twice a month.
The mothers with children program adds parenting classes, child care, and afterschool programs to keep children occupied while their mothers are in treatment. Eva's Village is one of 29 facilities in New Jersey to provide child care to its clients.
Outpatient programs are offered during the afternoon and evenings and include counseling, group therapy, and education.
The treatment team includes a medical director, master's and PhD level counselors, certified and alcohol and drug counselors, and licensed clinical social workers. At the time of this writing, the five individuals who were polled by Rehabs.com about the staff gave them above average ratings.
Staff’s level of training and experience: 4.3/5
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
The various residential programs accommodate a maximum of 103 men, 36 women, and 24 mothers with up to 55 children. The organization also provides shelter, transitional housing, and a community kitchen for individuals in need. The five individuals polled by Rehabs.com to date on the center's maintenance gave it above average ratings.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
The majority of alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date (eight out of 10) described Eva's Village as an effective recovery environment with a compassionate and understanding staff. "One of Eva's Village strengths is that most of the counselor's are addicts which helps," noted one anonymous alum in a representative review. B.P. agreed and credited the program with saving her life.
Eva's Village also fared well on secondary sites, where it earned high average ratings of 3.9 out of five stars based on 31 Google reviews and 4.8 out of five stars based on 68 Facebook reviews (which the facility can manage).
Complaints, which were few and far between, included a criticism of the women with children program's safety measures, as well as a lack of staff and consistent rule enforcement.
WHAT FRIENDS & FAMILY SAY
Both of the loved ones polled by Rehabs.com to date gave positive feedback and awarded the facility four out of five stars for its holistic offerings, its family participation, and its treatment of co-occurring disorders. "I know of many people who have done very well in this program," wrote one loved on in a representative review.
According to a 2017 annual report, Eva's Village is funded in large part by government grants and private contributions. While it's not clear whether there's any charge for the organization's substance abuse services, one alum told Rehabs.com that they paid for treatment via a combination of family support, private or state/federal insurance, external financing, and/or self-pay.
Published on November 2018
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