2017 Sanford House Roundup



As the New Year approaches, we find ourselves reflecting. The staff of Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers hosted events and forged new partnerships in 2017. This year was a big one for us, from the opening of our men’s facility to the development of our alum program. Our treatment team partnered with clients to build a fulfilling life in recovery. The places where we work- 540 Cherry Street, 221 John Street, and 74 Lafayette Avenue- have grown along with us. And for that we are thankful. Since establishing Sanford House at Cherry in 2015, we’ve had incredible opportunities to learn and progress. As we look back on the previous year, we remember…



  • Sanford House partnered with the addiction treatment community to exhibit with Unite to Face Addiction Michigan (UFAM) and the Michigan Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (MAADAC). Vonnie Woodrick of I Understand spoke with the women of Sanford House at Cherry Street about the stigma of mental illness. Also, we teamed with I Understand for an evening “Conversation About Mental Health” at John Street. And at the Innovators Symposium in Chicago, we listened to researchers, doctors, and leaders in the field speak about the future of addiction treatment.


  • We developed an option for clients to get some AM exercise with Walks with Mare and Walks with Craig. These peer support lead walks took residents out of the house, and into downtown Grand Rapids. Additionally, residents visited 10 different Michigan National Parks during our 2017 excursions.


Sanford House Admissions & Outreach Center


  • The Sanford House Admission & Outreach Center found a new home at 74 Lafayette Avenue. Co-Founder Rae Green says, “It’s a fulfilling experience to bring these homes to life… After the restoration process is complete, they have a new and powerful purpose.” Before the Greens purchased the property, the historic Macabe Marlow Mansion was owned by Grand Rapids Community College.



  • Sanford House at Cherry Street hosted its first annual Alumna Picnic. On the lawn and in the summer sun, alumna shared stories about their recovery. The event created a space for former and current clients to connect. We value community at Sanford House, and the Alumna Picnic demonstrated the importance of support in early recovery. 



  • Sanford House at John Street opened its oak doors in October. The restored historic mansion at 221 John Street has room for 20 residents and provides the same resources as its sister site at Cherry Street. Sanford House at John Street is a residential and non-residential addiction treatment facility for men. Further, Sanford House programming is gender-specific and individualized. After the opening, Sanford House at John Street was awarded CARF accreditation. Visit the Sanford House at John Street page for a virtual tour of the facility.




  • Friends and colleagues gathered around the table to christen the John Street dining room, during our Addiction Professionals Dinner. Chef Leslie prepared a beautiful meal while we dined and discussed how to best serve our community. This was a special evening for us, as we strengthened our bonds with those doing good work. Those in attendance represented Acadia Healthcare, Timberline Knolls, Foundations Recovery Network, and beyond.




Healing Artprize artwork

Teri Keegan-Castrop, “Marci Waiting”


  • As summer came to a close, the city of Grand Rapids geared up for ArtPrize. ArtPrize is an open, international art competition in West Michigan. Due to its size, ArtPrize been named one of the most attended public art events in the world. Art Therapist Jess Kimmel accompanied the women of Sanford House at Cherry Street to view art pieces throughout the city.


  • With the addition of our new facility, as well as moving offices, the Sanford House family expanded. We hired several new addiction professionals.



  • In December, we announced that Sanford House at Cherry Street and Sanford House at John Street are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Blue Care Network. As a result, this partnership widened our reach and allows us to serve more clients. For more information about insurance and payment at Sanford House, click here.


  • Clinical interventionist Tom Gilbert of Touchstone joined us as our first guest in the “Recovery Speaker Series.” Gilbert shared his recovery story with Sanford House clients and staff.


Christmas at John Street


  • 2017 marked our first Holiday Open House. For the event, residents invited family members into their Sanford House home to celebrate the season. Christmas trees were decorated, cookies warmed in the oven… and, in the safety of treatment, residents shared the holidays with those who love them. Co-founder Rae Green commented, “when family members began to arrive, they were able to see where their loved one was living and healing. As a result, we all felt the Christmas spirit.”


… And into the New Year

If 2017 was for planting seeds, 2018 is all about deepening our roots. In the coming year, Sanford House Addiction Treatment Centers is looking forward to establishing our strength. And we wish the same for you…


Happy New Year



Author Jess Kimmel has always had a passion for art and when she discovered art therapy it just made sense. Jess is an Art Therapist who serves as Clinical Manager, Sanford House at Cherry Street for Women. Jess has a B.S in Psychology and an M.S. in Art Therapy. Art therapy allows her creativity to shine through her work and she thrives on seeing the confidence grow in the individuals she works with at Sanford Behavioral Health. Jess is from Hartland, Michigan and currently lives in Grand Rapids.