EMH Recovery Concludes $550K Capital Campaign

July 26, 2018 — EMH Recovery, a Brockton nonprofit that operates recovery homes for women suffering from alcohol and other drug addiction, recently announced it has completed a $550,000 capital campaign to fund the purchase and renovation of a building that will be its second sober house for women.

EMH Recovery first launched the campaign in 2016, on the recommendation of its executive director, Judy McDonough, but was put on hold that year while she was on medical leave. The campaign was restarted last year.

The new sober house, in Brockton, to be named for Paul McDevitt, who served as EMH Recovery’s board president and inspiration until his death from cancer in September 2016, will consume about $200,000 of the funds raised for renovations.

In 2014 EMH Recovery opened its first sober house, Blake House, which can accommodate eight beds.

"We are delighted that in just three months after we purchased a site for McDevitt House, we raised the $400,000 we needed to fully fund the project and close out our capital campaign," McDonough said.

"Historically, women with addictions have had less access to treatment than men. Even now this is reflected in the fact that there are many fewer sober houses for women than for men," she added. "This was the case we made for Blake House. And we proved with Blake House that EMH Recovery, even though we are a small organization, had the capacity and zeal to do sober housing for women."

Funding for the capital campaign included a $75,000 grant from MassHousing’s Center for Community Recovery Innovations, in addition to grants from the Franklin Square House Foundation, the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, and Charlesbank Homes.

An anonymous donor gave $100,000, while other contributors included the City of Brockton, the Claddagh Fund, and the Catholic Health Foundation.

The recently completed capital campaign was the second for EMH. Its first, conducted in 2012, raised $360,000, which also funded the purchase and renovation of renovation of a property now known as Blake House.

EMH Recovery was founded in 2005 to take over from Catholic Charities the responsibility of operating Edwina Martin House, a 23-bed recovery home in Brockton for women with addictions.

Edwina Martin House was started in 1982 when a Brockton woman and volunteer for Catholic Charities, Edwina Martin, resolved to build a shelter for homeless women with addictions.

One of the state’s first recovery homes designed specifically for women, Edwina Martin House offers services to 21 women and can accommodate up to four infants at a time. The House is located in the Brockton area, but welcomes women from throughout the state, from detoxification units and short term rehab centers.