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Kate’s House Foundation Homes First to be Certified in Washington State
For Immediate Release
Contact: Alan Muia, Chair
WAQRR Board of Directors (360) 770-1044

Seattle May 21, 2018 Kate’s House Foundation Directors Frank and Sherri Candelario were notified on Friday that the four recovery homes they operate are the first in the state to be certified by the Washington Alliance for Quality Recovery Residences (WAQRR).

Over the last month, WAQRR representatives have inspected all four King County homes operated by Kate’s House Foundation and reviewed documents and program components to ensure that they meet WAQRR’s newly adopted Quality Standards. “We’re proud to be the first to meet WAQRR’s high standards” says Kate’s House Co-Director Sherri Candelario. “Our goal is to end homelessness and the addiction cycle to create social change, one person at a time using peer support, encouragement and positive role models.“

Frank and Sherri Candelario, Ph.D. founded and self- funded Seattle-based Kate’s House Foundation in 2016 to end homelessness concurrent with drug addiction. The foundation specializes in the unique challenges facing women who have been incarcerated or arrested for drug use and would otherwise release to homelessness. In two years of housing more than 100 women, the most are working and doing well. They attribute their success to environment, education, mutual support and a philosophy of compassionate care.

WAQRR was founded in 2017 by a group of recovery residence providers and other stakeholders to increase the number and quality of homes for people in recovery from substance use disorders. “Our effort to form a network of recovery housing providers and develop a consistent quality standard is long overdue in our state” said Alan Muia, Chair of WAQRR’s board of directors. “We aim to establish and publicize a statewide directory of certified recovery homes so that people seeking and those funding recovery housing can be more confident in their choices.”

WAQRR was recently recognized as the Washington State affiliate of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR) which currently oversees the certification efforts of 24 other state affiliates. Muia reports that more than 20 recovery housing providers have expressed their intention to pursue WAQRR certification. “We know that quality recovery housing is essential to many people beginning the courageous work of recovery. Ultimately, we hope that our quality certification becomes the baseline standard for providers in our state. The people we serve who are working hard on themselves deserve nothing less.”

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