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New group home opens in Santa Rosa for women and children

  • Katrina Kidd holds her son Preston Bouie III while attending the twelve month Residential Life Transformation Program at the Crossing the Jordan Program for Women and Children on Thursday, August 29, 2013. (Conner Jay/The Press Democrat)

A Rincon Valley property that for nearly 40 years served as a refuge for men seeking to kick addiction has been transformed into a residential facility for women and their children.

The fledgling Crossing the Jordan Foundation, a religious group that started with a thrift shop on Santa Rosa Avenue, last week bought the former Turning Point house on Acacia Lane.

"We have a waiting list that we're working through; every day we're getting calls," executive director Dana Bryant said.

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The Christian group is permitted for up to 35 beds and expects to house at most 18 adult women plus their children who are seeking to get off the street, escape dangerous living situations or kick addictions.

The deal came together in an unusual agreement with Turning Point's operator, Drug Abuse Alternatives Center, said the drug abuse center's real estate agent, Michael Falk.

Part of the terms include allowing the foundation to make quarterly installments toward a down payment. The property was sold Aug. 22 for $706,000.

"This is a story about how one nonprofit helped the other one be able to take this over so there's a continuation of service," said Falk, himself a 1981 graduate of Turning Point.

The demand for bed space "far exceeds the availability," said Marlus Stewart, managing director of Drug Abuse Alternatives Center, which is part of San Rafael-based Center Point.

"It was exciting that another nonprofit could buy the property," she said.

The new facility adds beds in Sonoma County where there is a "great need" for housing settings where women can reunite with their children, said Jenny Helbraun Abramson, coordinator of Sonoma County Continuum of Care, a network of county agencies, shelters and other homeless services.


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