Media release- On December 31, 2019, the William S. Davies Homeless Shelter and LivingProof Recovery jointly assumed control over the Star House at 212 North Fifth Avenue in Rome. The Star House was founded in 1970 to provide housing and substance misuse recovery for returning citizens to Rome. Over the past 50 years, Star House has helped countless people overcome their addiction and find a place in the Rome community.
“We are deeply humbled and grateful to the Star House board of directors and Wayne Smithson, who has led this program for so long, for trusting the Davies Shelter and LivingProof
to carry on their mission into the future,” said Davies Shelter executive director Devon Smyth.
The Davies Shelters currently operates two transitional homeless shelters in Rome – a 16-bed men’s facility and a 20-bed women’s and children’s facility. Moving forward, Smyth said, the Davies Shelter and LivingProof Recovery will jointly operate a new program providing extended-stay supportive housing with an integrated peer-based recovery program for those returning from incarceration without housing. The two organizations have had a formal partnership on a number of different programs and services for over a year.
“Star House blazed the trail years ago that allowed me to return to Rome and begin my recovery journey here,” said LivingProof Recovery executive director Claudia Hamilton, adding, “we are deeply honored to continue that work and bring it forward to meet today’s needs.” LivingProof Recovery is a nationally-recognized recovery community organization providing peer-based recovery services.
In light of redevelopment efforts in the River Arts District and survey data collected by LivingProof, the two organizations plan to move the Star House program toward meeting the
needs of rural Floyd County. Following the sale of the Star House building, the program will begin seeking a new home in Lindale with plans to expand into other rural communities in Floyd County.
“We’ve spent the past year conducting research, hosting listening sessions, and building relationships in Lindale and other rural parts of Floyd County,” said Hamilton, adding, “the needs in these rural places are so great, and we feel this is how we can meet the need where it is at.”
For more information or to make a donation, contact either Claudia Hamilton at 706-204-8710 or Devon Smyth at 706-802-6300, or visit www.daviesshelter.com/donate or
www.livingproofrecovery.org and click “Donate.”