Mission StatementTo provide an integrated system of care that sustains recovery from the disease of addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders and returns at-risk individuals to their families and communities.
Our HistoryFounded in 1962, St. Jude's was established to address the problem of chronic alcoholic court offenders. It began as a partnership of downtown business leaders, municipal court judges, and two inner-city churches. Since that time, the organization has increased the number of facilities it owns and operates in Atlanta from one to seven - all while operating with a balanced budget and remaining debt-free.
Who We ServeSt. Jude's serves more than 1,500 individuals per year, most of whom are homeless or low-income adults, veterans, families with children, and those who do not have private insurance and/or cannot afford to pay for lifesaving treatment. More than 75% of St. Jude's total work directly relates to homeless persons - illustrating the dramatic impact that the organization has on the community. In addition, more than 50% of clients are affected by a co-occurring mental health disorder.
A Comprehensive Continuum of CareSt. Jude's treatment services are based on the belief that addiction is a disease and that treatment must focus on the "whole person". Clients are treated using a comprehensive, evidenced based approach to recovery that includes addressing both mental and physical issues.
St. Jude's programs include detoxification, residential and outpatient treatment services, halfway housing, and permanent supportive housing. St. Jude's treatment services include intake and assessments, treatment planning, addiction and co-occurring mental health treatment, life skills training, health and nutrition education, job readiness, medication management, individual and group counseling, 12-step education and groups, parenting education, continuing care, and family and children services.
St. Jude's strives to provide clients with the tools they need to return to the community as self-sufficient, productive individuals able to maintain recovery.
Our Reach and ImpactSt. Jude's evidenced-based treatment approaches are proven to be effective, as evidenced by the following 2013-2014 outcomes:
|1507||individuals served through St. Jude's programs*|
|74%||of residential clients exited to permanent housing|
|65%||of clients completing St. Jude's job readiness program become employed|
|90%||of clients remain free of alcohol and drugs while in treatment|
|58%||of chronically homeless clients exited into permanent housing|
|61%||of homeless residential clients exited to permanent housing|
|115||same day admissions into residential treatment|
|98%||clients health status was maintained or improved|
|49%||of clients are affected by a co-occurring mental health disorder
8% of clients were diagnosed while in treatment