Grant awarded to La Crosse Lighthouse, Inc.

Program plans to open peer run respite for recovering addicts

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – An addiction recovery plan gets a big boost from a federal block grant.

La Crosse Lighthouse, Inc. received $431,500 to start a peer-run respite program.

The respite is designed for those suffering from mental health issues and related substance abuse.

It will provide a short-term stay of 7-10 days in a home-like environment for those choosing to recover.

Nine Peer Assistants and a House Manager with their own experiences in long-term recovery will staff the respite.

“It’s our job to be able to provide them that safe haven, that nurturing environment, and provide them with resources that will help them get what they need in their recovery,” says Scott Mihalovic, Representative of the Board of Directors of Lighthouse La Crosse, Inc.

Since this is a newer program, the group is looking to hire an Executive Director soon.

They are also looking for a three-to-five bedroom house or facility so they can begin the peer-run respite by September or October.