Patricia House — 29 years of service

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Patricia House — 29 years of service

Thursday, May 07, 2020

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Dear Editor,

In response to the 1980s drug crisis there was a meeting of the minds of people knowledgeable about substance abuse. Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House emerged as one of the possible answers where a multiplicity of answers were needed.

The Government of Jamaica, in partnership with Richmond Fellowship International and the European Union, established a 24-bed residential facility in 1988. The doors were opened on April 17, 1991 and the facility admitted five clients on April 19, 1991.

The Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House therapeutic community model is designed to focus on the biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to addiction and the utilising of these factors in creating order in the life of the client.

The journey for Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House has been an exciting one, from having various skills training initiatives introduced to not only the clients but the wider community. Opportunities such as a sewing project, farming, data entry, and drop-in centre for homeless people engaged in substance abuse also formed a part of the work of the entity.

Over the years the institution developed valued partnerships with several universities, namely The Mico University College, Caribbean School of Graduate Studies, and Northern Caribbean University in providing exposure to their students from several faculties in substance abuse.

In recent times the institution has been gifted with a computer lab, through the assistance of the Universal Service Fund, and it continues to operate a small garden which provides produce for the community.

Over the years, Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House has been involved in the lives of well over 1,000 people, many of whom have gone on to play productive roles in the region and internationally.

On Friday, April 17, 2020, we celebrated our 29th anniversary, marking another milestone of commendable and exceptional service. While the journey has not been an easy one, the staff and those who have partnered with us have always kept alive the vision that gave birth to Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House.

To the staff and our partners, we say thank you.

Based on the present environment and the regulations set forth we are unable to celebrate as we would want, but this has not dampened our spirits. As we celebrate we ask Jamaica to make our motto a prayer and recite with us as we say:

Today I am taking control of my life.

I am loving myself and others.

I am learning from my mistakes.

I am enjoying my successes.

Marva Bailey

Acting manager

Richmond Fellowship Jamaica-Patricia House

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