A Lompoc-based service agency that has helped area women and children in need for the past seven years was recently honored by the Santa Barbara County Commission for Women.

Recovery Way Home, which is a residential center for pregnant and/or parenting women who are recovering from drug or alcohol addictions, was chosen by the Commission for Women as the county’s 4th District Service Organization of the Year.

Recovery Way Home administrators and staff were presented with an award and honored for the selection at the April 14 County Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Barbara.

“It was a real honor, but the real work and the real people who got us here are our staff,” Pat Brady, the Lompoc administrator for Good Samaritan Services, which operates the home, said this past week. “They are hardworking and caring people. That’s who that award is really for.”

The residential portion of Recovery Way Home, which is located on East Ocean Avenue, serves up to 16 women, along with their children under 5 years old, for as few as 16 and as many as 18 months. The center provides a vast array of services to help the women responsibly take control of their lives.

The facility also provides outpatient treatment for “upwards of 25 to 30” more women, according to Brady.

When the treatment center first opened its doors in 2008, there was a lot of concern and fear among the surrounding neighborhood and local community that the facility would attract drug dealers and bring other unwanted disturbances, like constant ambulance sirens.

Brady addressed those concerns during her brief acceptance speech to the Board of Supervisors.

“I think we’ve proved that we’re good neighbors and that we don’t have drug addicts in the alley and ambulances going all around,” she said. “It’s been a quick seven years, and it’s been so rewarding for me just to see some of the people going through the program.”

Sylvia Barnard, the executive director of Good Samaritan Services, also noted the home’s turbulent beginnings while addressing the supervisors and members of the Commission for Women.

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“We are honored to receive this award, especially in Lompoc,” she said. “Getting there, as many of you remember, was not easy. So, it feels so good to get an award.”

“We’re grateful to all of you for your support,” she added.

Fourth District Supervisor Peter Adam acknowledged all of the Good Samaritan team that made the trip to the meeting and said they were deserving of the recognition.

“Thank you for all your hard work and for thinking these ideas up and executing (them),” he said. “That’s really neat having such a positive impact on people’s lives.”

Willis Jacobson covers the city of Lompoc for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @WJacobsonLR.

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