NAMI Kenosha County also supports the Oxford House Program in Kenosha. Oxford House is a recovery program for addicts many of whom have a mental illness. The members operate the house, do UA drops, attend support groups as part of their recovery. You can stay as long as you want as long as you are clean. This structured residential setting has been very effective for clients in both Drug & Alcohol Court and Behavioral Health Treatment Court. Since 2014 NAMI Kenosha has provided $200 stipends required to get folks started in the Oxford House Program totaling $5,000 to date. So far in 2016 we have provided $1,200.
Click the links below for our Kenosha/Racine Chapter Oxford House
ADVISORY: Oxford House Nearra fliers have been advertised in Kenosha. This house is NOT A LEGITIMATE member of the Kenosha Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses.
This house is not supported by NAMI Kenosha County.
For those who may have a family member or loved one that has struggled with past addiction to alcohol and drugs there is help. Kenosha/Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses can help provide a safe, sober and supportive living environment. Wisconsin currently has 21 self-run Oxford homes, and over 1,880 houses across the nation. This program was started in 1975 and independent studies show that fewer than 20% of individuals living in these homes are expelled for relapse. Homes like these provide the time and peer support needed for healthy long-term behavior changes.
Oxford Houses are a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Oxford Houses are part of a publicly supported, non-profit 501(c)3 corporation umbrella organization which provides the network of all Oxford Houses and allocates resources to duplicate the Oxford House concept where needs arise. A representative of every House in the area meets with the others on a monthly basis, to share information, to seek resolution of problems in a particular House, and to express that Chapter's vote on larger issues. For more information please call Oxford House Lena Women (Kenosha) at 262-577-5617, Oxford House Ayers Men (Kenosha) at 262-605-9553, or Oxford House Joe Prott Men (Racine) at 262-833-5010.
For more information visit:
Kenosha/Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses – Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KRCOH
Oxford House: www.oxfordhouse.org
Halfways Houses - US: www.halfwayhouses.us
The moment you begin using, your emotional growth stops. It begins again once you enter recovery at the place where you left off. You have to spend the time to catch up and may be behind those of similar age. So what’s normal for non-addicts may be new behavior for addicts.
In recovery you need to change your people, places and things. Oxford house represents that change.
Average stay is 15 months. Everyone must hold down a job, do assigned chores, and may have leading roles in the house. Sobriety comes first. If you test dirty, you leave the house.
Oxford House Lena (female)
Oxford House Lena is Kenosha’s only peer run safe & sober residence for women recovering from addictions. This house has a maximum occupancy of 9 for women and their children.
Address and Contact Information
Oxford House Lena
1630 56th St,
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140-3604
Gender – Women and Children
Total Occupancy 9
(Kenosha/Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses)
NAMI Kenosha has been a major advocate of the Kenosha/Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses (KRCOH). Oxford Houses are self-run, self-supported recovery houses. The chapter currently includes three houses with a total capacity of 26 residents. Oxford House Ayers houses seven men, Oxford House Lena houses nine women, and Oxford House Joe Prott houses ten men.
Oxford Houses save money because the houses are rented, never purchased, to avoid tying up capital and to keep the rental property on local tax rolls. Oxford Houses avoid the cost of staff. House residents democratically operate the houses themselves. Each resident has one vote to elect officers and to resolve issues facing the house. Once opened, Oxford Houses are self-financed. Residents pay all household expenses by equally sharing rent and related household expenses. NAMI Kenosha has provided the initial rent payments for individuals without income to move into Kenosha Oxford Houses while they search for employment. Because residents pay all expenses, these types of self-governed settings have important public policy implications for stabilizing individuals with substance abuse histories, especially in an era of cutbacks in funding for a variety of social service programs.
The American Journal of Public Health study performed on Illinois Oxford Houses found that in areas such as substance use, criminal activity, and employment, participants residing in Oxford Houses showed significantly greater positive outcomes than those receiving traditional services. Over $9,500 per Oxford House member is saved through lack of incarceration and improved productivity. That means that in the Kenosha/Racine Chapter of Oxford Houses, over $200,000 in tax dollars are saved annually.
The major barrier to creation of Oxford Houses is the lack of start-up funding. Most Oxford Houses exist in states where the state or locality contracts with Oxford House to provide funding for outreach workers and a start up loan fund. Wisconsin currently has no such funding. Such organizations as NAMI Kenosha and Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drug Abuse have made it possible for the Kenosha Oxford Houses to open without state or locality contracts. These organizations have provided invaluable assistance to those individuals who credit their recovery to their experiences as residents of Kenosha Oxford Houses.
Oxford House Ayers, Jerry C, and Joe Prott (male)
These three Oxford Hoses are all male facilities, self-run, and self-supported recovery houses for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Call to learn more about the cost and expenses of living at these houses.
Address and Contact Information
Oxford House Ayers
2014 45th Street
Kenosha, WI 53140-2780
Total Occupancy 7
Oxford House Jerry C
2414 61st Street
Kenosha, WI 53143
Total Occupancy 7
Oxford House Joe Prott
1336 Virginia Street
Racine, WI 53405
Total Occupancy 10
2016 Oxford House Stories by Residents and Alumni
The attachment below contains a selection of autobiographical stories from current and former residents of Oxford Houses. These recovering individuals share their stories in order to help others afflicted by alcoholism and drug addiction to understand the hope and support afforded by Oxford House.