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.

1998

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

1999

Receives funding to provide psychiatric services.

2001

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

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.