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Founded in 1996, Renewal House was a groundbreaking idea. It was Nashville’s first comprehensive family residential program for women and their children. Since then, more than 580 women and 710 children have gone through the Renewal House family residential program. And the trajectory of their lives has been forever changed.
More than 20 years ago, a group of concerned and visionary Middle Tennesseans formed a task force made up of judges, lawyers, doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, healthcare professionals, community agency representatives and community volunteers with the goal of preserving families going through addiction treatment and recovery. At the time, women who were mothers starting addiction treatment programs were separated from their children upon entering a program. Children were placed in foster care to the detriment of the child, the family and the mother’s recovery, resulting in unfavorable outcomes and potential addiction relapses.
The task group knew there had to be a better way for both the mother and child. Their innovative solution was to have the mother and her children remain together in treatment and throughout the recovery process as a more effective way of keeping families permanently intact and breaking the cycle of addiction. With that simple idea, Renewal House was born.