Athena House Reopened
On August 15th, Athena House which is a low-cost residential treatment program for women dealing with substance abuse was officially resurrected. The good news will be celebrated at Athena House on September 7th with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. 15 months ago the parent company of Athena House announced that it would be shuttering the 34 year old program which served between 120 and 180 women per year. Some problems were inadequate reimbursement rates and galloping inflation. Also scheduled for closure was the sister facility, Hope Village which was a sober-living community where many Athena House alumna went to once they had completed their drug treatment. Athena House was saved because Bill and Cindy Gallaher, local developers, paid $2.1 Million for the Hope Village property in Rincon Valley. The Gallahers have since spent an additional $3 Million on the project and are committed to invest another $3 Million. Athena House will be managed by Buckelew Programs. After leaving Athena House, clients can transition to Hope Village which is on the other side of the property. Hope Village is the sober living facility.