Interim House, Inc has received a $12,500 Community Fund grant from Women's Way to foster Career Development for Women in Recovery. Fifteen women who have had success in their recoveries from substance use will participate in a rigorous program to become certified in Pennsylvania as Peer Recovery Specialists. They will receive academic and GED training with Interim House's teachers and tutors and career training from PRO-ACT (Pennsylvania Recovery Organization-Achieving Community Together). With Certification as Peer Recovery Specialists, women at Interim House - many of whom have lengthy histories of substance use and homelessness - will be able to secure well-paying careers helping other people who struggle with drug use and/or behavioral health challenges.

Program participants and graduates from PHMC's Interim House and CHANCES programs went for a bike ride on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with Mayor Michael Nutter on Friday, May 18, 2012, National Bike to Work Day. These women are part of Gearing Up, a nonprofit organization that promotes biking and bike education for women in recovery. Gearing Up was founded by Kristin Gavin when she was the fitness consultant at Interim House. Every year, Mayor Nutter promotes cycling on Bike to Work Day by going for a ride with representatives of local bike groups. This year, he particularly called on the women from Gearing Up, Interim House and CHANCES, inviting them to bike up front and to stand on the podium with him at LOVE Park during his press conference.

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On Thursday, Interim House, a residential addiction recovery center for women in Germantown, celebrated its 40th anniversary at it's campus on Upsal Street. Kathy Wellbank, Interim House's program director, said the day was about celebrating the house's diverse programs and the women that are its success stories. Read more highlights and view a slideshow on WHYY.

Thirteen years ago, Toni Montier didn't think she'd be where she is today. "When my addiction took off, I lost everything," Montier said, "and by the time I arrived at Interim House, I had gotten so far away from me that I had lost all faith in my ability to get my life together on my own." Read about Montier’s fresh start and the 40th anniversary of PHMC affiliate Interim House, Inc. on WHYY Newsworks.

The Nichols Berg Gallery has partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Philadelphia and Interim House of West Mt. Airy along with about 30 artists from around the country to recreate simple wooden birdhouses into interesting and delightful decorative artist inspired dwellings.

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