Aaron’s House is a project spearheaded by the Aaron Meyer Foundation in collaboration with experts in the field of recovery counseling. Aaron's House is guided by evidence based practices proven effective for young college students in recovery. The Aaron's House project has captured the hearts and minds of the Madison community and people everywhere who care.
Created after the death of Aaron Meyer at age 18, the Aaron J. Meyer Foundation, Inc. is comprised of family and friends who are inspired to affect the world because Aaron lived. In his memory and reflective of his spirit, Aaron’s House is a supportive living environment for young men, ages 18-25, who are in recovery from chemical dependency. Living at Aaron's House, they continue their college educations and lead fuller, more healthy lifestyles.
Every step we take in creating Aaron’s House in Madison, WI is documented. Eventually what we learn will be shared with interested parties. The Aaron's House Program should be replicated in other college communities. We will help establish similar houses for college aged men and women in recovery all across Wisconsin and the United States.
Success is built on reaching out to others and creating the supports necessary to meet our goals and keep us on track. The Aaron Meyer Foundation recognizes the importance of building partnerships and relying on the special talents of those outside our organization to drive us forward. Within this collaborative culture, our mission is enhanced and we find ourselves facing limitless opportunities that encompass direct service, public awareness, prevention, education, and impact of national scope through program duplication.
With your help, Aaron’s House implements a unique resident-centered approach to supporting young men in recovery. Rather than a “one size fits all” philosophy, this project focuses on the specific needs of each young man in the program. The recovery plan is age specific, personally packaged, and resident-driven. The goal planning process, includes the student resident’s chosen team of friends, family, and mentors. The team aids and supports each student-residnet in identifying prior barriers to success and strategies for overcoming these issues. Strengths are highlighted during this process as well as ambitions. One day at a time and emotional growth are the focus.
How are we different?
The philosophy of Aaron’s House sets it apart from treatment options. Aaron’s House is a supportive residential environment where peers in recovery, led by a house mentor, live as a community and come “home” after their days filled with counseling, education, work, and recreation—sharing their successes and daily struggles. Commitment to recovery is the intrinsic responsibility of the residents. And peers will work together to help one another remain, or get back on the path, of continued sobriety. Relapse is not failure and the student residents are accepted without judgment. Whether it is due to the mistakes of youth or the challenges of recovery itself, we all fall from time to time or make poor decisions. These are growth opportunities and… a central part of living fully. What matters is commitment—to recovery, to each other, to community, and to meeting individual potentials.
Contribute: Aaron's House opened on August 13, 2007. One of our first student-residents received a diploma from the Universtiy of Wisconsin in December 2007. We are grateful for his work and his achievement.
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Direct questions to Tom Meyer at Tom@TomMeyer.com or 608-332-8331.