Team:  Art Williams, Sharon Bailey, Laura Lyles, Rita Odom





The Elsie Gilliam Home is a joint partnership between the Appalachian Judicial Circuit Accountability Courts and the First Baptist Church of Ellijay. It was established in an effort to offer housing, transportation, and support to women living in this circuit who are participating in an Accountability Court. Most women who are eligible to reside in this facility either have no housing or housing that is unsuitable for a person in recovery.  A House Manager oversees the house and all activities relevant to the women living in the house.
The home can safely “house” 15 women (and the house has a couch suitable for one of the residents to sleep in the event of an emergency that arises in one of the courts). The women are responsible for all the day-to-day upkeep of the facility, including cooking, cleaning, yard maintenance and anything else required to maintain a clean and safe environment.
All residents are required to have a job, unless physically or mentally disabled, a sponsor within 2 weeks of placement, and attend at least 2 recovery meetings per week. In addition, they are required to attend drug court education classes 3 times per week for at least 6 months.   Thereafter, as recommended by the Treatment Provider, they will be allowed to drop a class.  Most of the food provided for the house residents is purchased from the Chattanooga Food Bank. Food which is not provided by the Food Bank is purchased locally using funds generated from fees paid by the residents.
Transportation is provided for residents who do not have vehicles or who are prohibited from driving by either State law , the House Manager or Judge. They are transported to work, meetings, classes, etc.
As the residents progress in the program and in their recovery, usually after six months, they are allowed to return to their homes to live or to find an alternate safe and sober residence.    Some residents have a family home to which they return. Other residents have saved funds by working, and they use those funds to obtain a safe and clean living environment.  Obtaining acceptable housing is a huge accomplishment for most of the residents.
Children are not allowed to live at the house but may visit with their mothers during scheduled times.   The residents may also request a day (or later in their recovery, an overnight pass) to visit with their children and/or other family members.
The goal is to assist drug-addicted women in establishing a strong, drug-free, independent lifestyle and regain custody of their children, if applicable.
This partnership has not only been beneficial to many women and their families, but it has been a blessing for staff who have had contact with this wonderful facility.


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