As one of the first women-only treatment facilities for addiction in the country, Interim House has a long history of service to the community. Through the years, we've changed thousands of lives for the better.

1971

Clara Baxter Synigal, an African American woman and recovering alcoholic, founds Interim House, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation and the first in Pennsylvania.

1984

Moves to the historic Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia after purchasing a building from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

1989

Becomes an affiliate of Public Health Management Corporation (then The Philadelphia Health Management Corporation), a nonprofit public health institute committed to improving the health of the community through outreach, education, research, planning, technical assistance and direct services.

1993

Expands to provide outpatient services to graduates of its residential program.

Kathy Wellbank hired as program director of Interim House, Inc.

1996

Received the Williams Award for Organizational Excellence from the Philadelphia Foundation.

1998

Begins providing intensive outpatient services three days per week and accepting women from the criminal justice system.

1999

Receives funding from the City of Philadelphia to provide on-site psychiatric services.

2001

Incorporates a trauma-sensitive philosophy to assist women in the healing process from violence and abuse.

Awarded the GlaxoSmith Community Impact Award

2002

Receives funding from Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS) for services to the children of mothers in Interim House programs.

2004

Implements a therapeutic knitting group as an avenue for stress reduction, relapse prevention, increased self-esteem, creating community and connections and fostering mother-child socialization.

2007

Launches a comprehensive Educational and Job Readiness Program partially funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, ensuring that all clients can develop self-sufficiency plans with the support of a vocational counselor.

2008

Receives additional funding from The Pew Charitable Trusts to implement an extensive Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) program, an evidence-based treatment approach to help women manage their feelings and behaviors in a more constructive manner. Interim House launches a Pet Therapy Program.

2009

Introduces a biking program to help "break the cycle" of abuse, violence, crime and addiction.

In partnership with Back On My Feet, adds a comprehensive program to for homeless clients of Interim House.

2011

Celebrated 40 Years of empowering women

Started a biking program, Gearing Up

2012

Began a Peer Mentor Program

Started a contract with Chester County Drug & Alcohol Services & Community Care Behavioral Health Organization (C-CBH)

2013

Launched our Mama Bears Group

Contracted with Perform Care

Received the Community Fund Development Grant from Womens Way

Enhanced holistic programming to include art and yoga

2014

Started offering a Vivitrol, a Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

2015

Opened up our Halfway House Program

2016

Celebrated 45 years in the community

Awarded $100,000 from Impact100 Philadelphia 

Started offering Suboxone, another MAT to help address the opioid epidemic

2017

Awarded Citizen Banks' Champions in Action award

Contracted with Montgomery County D&A and Magellan Health Care

Received funding from FORST Family Foundation, Green Family Foundation, Patricia Kinda Family Foundation and Women's Way/ Immediate Response Action Fund

Contract begins with Magellan and Montgomery County

2018

Received funding from Citizens Bank as well as The vanAmeringen Foundation to start an innovative Focalized Treatment Program (FTP) to provide intensive support to women with significant mental health challenges. 

2019

Became a tobacco free facility