About Parisi House on the Hill
Parisi House on the Hill (Parisi House) is Santa Clara County’s firstNot-for-Profit women-with-children residential alcohol and drug treatment facility. It began in 1994 with just 8 beds for women and 8 beds for children. It currently houses 42 beds in which women and their children (up to age five) may live for six months while receiving client-centered, culturally-sensitive services.
Our unique treatment program addresses the specific needs of parenting women, pregnant women, and women with newborn-5 years of age. We value the unification of women and their children and understand the effects of addiction on the entire family : Both generations receive services because both generations are affected by parental substance abuse.
Staff are highly trained to assist with issues unique to the young recovering family through on-site programs which support both developmental and dually-diagnosed needs of our clients and their children. The goals of our child development program are to enhance a child’s growth, sense of trust, and bonding in a loving, nurturing environment during their 6-month stay.
We are privately set in a beautiful, rural area within Santa Clara County, California. Our original program, “House on the Hill,” was established in 1994, renamed “Parisi House on the Hill” in 2011 thanks to special contributors, Joe Parisi and John Sobrato, who shared a great vision for the expansion of an amazing program that works!
The mission of Parisi House on the Hill is to reduce the inter-generational transmission of drug and alcohol dependence of our clients, all of whom are mothers.
Parisi House on the Hill staff assist women and their young children in returning to a community as a clean and sober family, able to cope with the major issues in their lives, and have a high sense of self worth and positive family values.
A Supportive Home is the Best Option for Moms & Kids
Joe Rodriguez’s excellent article, “Young, addicted moms work out to keep their babies”, identified several unique activities available at Parisi House on The Hill. Parisi House offers the only Santa Clara County residential recovery program for both the mother and her child. The goal is to break inter generational patterns of addiction and create healthy, stable families through an array of programs for recovery support, as well as nutrition, parenting and life skills.
Often Parisi House is the only alternative to jail for the mom and foster care for the child, incurring much higher emotional and financial costs. Frequently, the women arrive during the crucial mother-child bonding time in the baby’s first 36 months. Studies show a consistent, nurturing caregiver is essential for a child’s healthy brain development. Witnessing the turnaround in these women’s lives, we know creative, constructive support is more powerful than other alternatives.
“PHOTH teaches me there is a better life to live, and that miracles can happen for my child & I.”
“PHOTH has helped keep my family together and gain some control over my life.”
“Coming to PHOTH was not my idea and now that I’m here, I could not have asked for anything better.”
“Living at PHOTH has helped me develop a lifestyle rich in recovery where I have been able to grow as a woman and mother.”
“I thought I hit rock bottom when I came to PHOTH but now it’s my top choice!”
“Like butterflies we emerge from PHOTH as women who have gone through a process or change to become the amazing mothers and beautiful women we were meant to be.”
“PHOTH… I thought it would kill me, it ended up healing me!”