Maris Center for Women offers a safe, supportive residential program where 40 women can focus on recovery and healing with a minimum commitment of 3 months for an extended period of up to two years. Maris Center residents contract to abstain from all drug and alcohol use and addictive behaviors, attend appropriate AA/NA meetings and participate fully in all additional aspects of therapy. Daily group programming and 24-hour supervision are provided. Residents are encouraged to fully integrate into the community through employment and community service and are required to pay a portion of their treatment fee/rent, provide their own meals and contribute to the upkeep of the Center. The Maris Center provides a safe place to begin the healing of mind, body and spirit. Residents receive 24-hour support through program staff and peers. Of the 40 placements at Maris Center, 12 are reserved for incarcerated women participating in the Women in Transition (W.I.T) pre-release program, run in partnership with the Essex County Sheriff’s Department.
The Maris Center offers double occupancy rooms, a shared kitchen, living/community rooms, laundry, shared restrooms and outdoor recreational area. Residents share the responsibilities associated with cleaning the facility.
The Maris Center is located in Salisbury, adjacent to Newburyport and Amesbury, and within walking distance to stores and public transportation.
The Maris Center is partially funded through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, in addition to treatment fees (rent) paid by the residents.