Two years ago we opened Dann’s House with the simple goal of getting some of the most vulnerable people off of Traverse City’s streets and giving them a place to be safe, dry, and warm. We brought guys into Dann’s House with little expectation of significant improvement. The transformations that we have seen in many of our residents since opening have been nothing short of miraculous.
Tom J. had been living on the streets of Traverse City for years. He says:
My life had no purpose. I would go to a free breakfast at a church, then hang out in the park and drink. Drinking was the only thing that dulled the pain – the pain of loneliness, and of feeling like there was no point to being alive.
After he moved into Dann’s House, he found a sense of community and started feeling hope for the future. He now consumes less than half the amount of alcohol that he did when he was “living rough,” and he is receiving care for his physical and mental health for the first time in years.
A total of 26 men, up to eight at a time, have lived at Dann’s House, in a safe environment that the street can never offer. Eight have moved on to independent living, and six more have the realistic expectation of doing so soon. Five have been reunited with their families. One died from cancer, safe and warm and free of pain. One, having lowered his alcohol intake, discovered that some health problems that had been blamed on his drinking were actually more serious, and Dann’s House was able to help him get the medical care he needs.
All of the residents have reduced their alcohol intake, are receiving or applying for the benefits that they’re entitled to, and are making and keeping appointments with doctors and counselors. Most are employed or volunteering.
Will you help Dann’s House continue to serve our most vulnerable neighbors and improve the quality of life in our community?
A recent Record-Eagle articlereviewed the data collected by Dann’s House from Central Dispatch in Traverse City and saw the same dramatic decrease in police calls on our residents that we did when we analyzed the data. If you would like to see the whole report, you can find it here:Data Analysis from Central Dispatch.
The article was well written and well reasoned. The only error we would note is this statement: “Reasons for the 911 calls ranged from assault and larceny to drunkenness and disorderly conduct.”
“Assault” and “larceny” were among screening categories we used to gather all 564 reports for every incident at some designated locations. The screening list included: Assault, Assist, CSC, Disorderly, Drunkenness, EMS, Harassment, Larceny, MDOP (malicious destruction of property), Suspicious, Trespass, Weapons, and Welfare Check. A cursory review of our list of 84 incidents in theData Analysis from Central Dispatchwill show that there are no larceny calls on our residents and all three assault calls were incidents where one of our residents was the victim. Call codes for our residents were limited to Assist, Disorderly, Drunkenness, EMS, Suspicious, Trespass, and Welfare Check.
Saturday, June 27 @ 4:30pm at Grow Benzie 5885 Frankfort Hwy (M115), Benzonia
An event to increase community awareness of our efforts to restore recovery houses for men and women to serve Benzie & Manistee counties. Proceeds to benefit . . .
. . . the opening of Michael’s House, a program of the nonprofit organization StonesHouse. Help us provide a positive and supportive residence for people who are battling substance use disorders. Find out how you can help create a stable and compassionate environment for those in our community working on their recovery.
Tickets are $35 To get your tickets please click here or call 231-723-7855
Sumptuous Dinner by Chef Al Frye
Testimonials from Past Residents
Our Vision for the Future, and more
Please join us for a fundraising and informational dinner to support the opening of Michael’s House. Michael’s House will be a transitional residence located in Manistee which will serve residents of Manistee and Benzie counties who are battling substance use disorders and have nowhere else to turn. You will learn more about our work, hear from local people who have been helped by StonesHouse in the past, and enjoy a lovely 3 course meal prepared by Chef Al Frye and some of our dedicated volunteers. Please help us provide a place for those in our community who need help in their battle for sobriety.
This dinner is to make our community aware of the new and improved recovery homes in Manistee that we hope to open soon. Also to have the community be involved in many different levels of this process.
The Dann’s House project is seeking a Part-Time Supportive Housing Case Manager to work as a contractor, while promoting the self-sufficiency and housing retention of residents by providing quality case management and supportive services.
Join us for the 2015 Ancient Order of Hibernians Annual Lucky Leprechaun Ball! This event, a fundraiser for Dann’s House, will include performances from the members of Song of the Lakes, The Wild Sullys, Blue Footed Booby, Pam McCormick (Irish Dancer), Mike Kelly (Actor), Stephan MacNeil (seven-time Northern American Highland bagpipe champion), a Tribute to Robert Emmett, and our very own Shaun Anchak, who sits on the StonesHouse Board of Directors.
This year’s event will be held in The Workshop, at 221 Garland Street in the Warehouse District in Traverse City. The event will feature the open format of an Irish session. Rather than being like a concert or a festival, where one band at a time gets up and plays, members from different groups will all get on stage and perform together in different configurations. It should be great fun!
The Ball will also host the 36th annual Danny Boy Singing Contest! Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors.
On March 9, the Record-Eaglepublished a great story about the event , quoting several of Dann McCarthy’s Hibernian brothers who echoed this sentiment:
…McCarthy, who died in 2012 from a pulmonary embolism and alcohol intoxication, embodied the Hibernian motto of “friendship, unity and Christian charity.” So it’s only fitting that the ball — promoted as a family cultural event rather than a drinking event — is dedicated to raising money for the causes he believed in.
On Sunday, March 1, at 5:30 pm we will be hosting a special a dinner and a showing of the Sowing the Seeds of Recovery at the historic Ramsdell Inn in downtown Manistee.
Sowing the Seeds of Recovery is a special documentary film composed of a number of compelling vignettes about people working to achieve long-term recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs, though special programs provided by the Anishnaabek Healing Circle, Access to Recovery Program, which is part of a nationwide initiative to provide choice to individuals who are seeking recovery from substance abuse. The Access to Recovery Program uses a unique culturally-base vision for recovery, while also relying on tried-and-true conventional methods.
A sumptuous dinner prepared by the talented Chef Al Frye will begin at 5:30 with the presentation of Sowing the Seeds of Recovery. Members of our community will also share their stories and experiences.
This event is intended to help raise the awareness of everyone in our community, and to raise funds to benefit StonesHouse. Since 2009 StonesHouse that has opened its doors to men and women of Manistee County who are trying to recover from with drug and alcohol addiction and have no other place to turn. In 2013, StonesHouse served 54 Residents — 38 men and 16 women for a total of 2675 bed nights. A team of dedicated community leaders are working to reopen recovery houses in our town.
The guys from Dann’s House were interviewed by the Northern Express. Their group interview was published in the December 15, 2014 issue.
Overall, we were very pleased with the article. It is worth noting that we prefer not to use the term “wet house.” It seems pejorative and implies a “party house” to many.
Also, we would clarify that there was a volunteer who purchased beer for the residents out of his own pocket in the beginning. It was never the policy of the organization and we stopped it as soon as we found out. (See the FAQs.)
Buchanan: I’m glad to have the opportunity to be here.
Ciccone: I am deeply grateful for this situation and I feel blessed, personally.
On December 9, Rotary Charities of Traverse City announced that it would support us with a significant program grant, as we continue to build and improve our Dann’s House program. This major gift is the first of three years of funding that we can expect to receive, assuming that meet expected benchmarks in our program.
Rotary Charities has previously supported our efforts with support for Board development and strategic planning, especially as the planning pertains to communications and fundraising. Their continuing support has enabled us to advance the Dann’s House project from concept to implementation much more quickly that we might have otherwise.
The United Way of Northwest Michigan awarded a $16,000 grant to support the Dann’s House program. The purpose of the funds is to subsidize some rent and hire a Program Director to oversee the project, with the long-term goal of expanding the project to accommodate more residents.
Our program was selected based on the specific recommendations of the community volunteer Citizen Action Team who reviewed the competing applications and participated in each of the interviews. The Team recommendations were reviewed for allocation and unanimously ratified at United Way’s Board of Directors.