A Little City Within A City - known as The Lovelady Center (TLC)
The Lovelady Center is a nine to twelve-month program designed to restore hope and rebuild lives. With that mission in mind, we open the door for children to be housed at the center as well. Women and children enter our program for various reasons, but all enter because they are in need of help. The Lovelady Center helps women attain a brighter future by introducing them and their children to a victorious life in Christ, as well as offering a multitude of services.
The Lovelady Center is unique amongst rehab centers in the transitional services we offer. We are not a shelter that offers refuge from a life-problem. We are, rather, a life-changing program. We offer the tools necessary to overcome barriers and provide our clients with an option for permanent recovery. The multi-faceted mission of The Lovelady Center is where we are the most distinct. No other program offers medical services, counseling services, life-skills training, parenting classes, job training, childcare, nutrition, housing, GED preparation, and post-secondary education through Judson College - all within the same center.
On average, 40% of the Loveladies are self-admitted. Self-admissions include women who are homeless, escaping domestic violence, substance addiction, or simply have nowhere else to turn.
The other 60% come from a variety of places. Some come from a Justice system referral (such as Birmingham Work Release) and are on parole, probation, or a re-entry program. Circuit Judges throughout Alabama send women to The Lovelady Center as an alternative sentencing arrangement. Some ladies are referred from Social Services agencies, such as DHR.
Practical services are offered daily to over 450 women and children. The services we offer include three meals a day, clothing, medical care, and basic hygiene products.
Services Provided By The Lovelady Center
The Lovelady Center counselors provide substance abuse counseling, and drug rehabilitation services, according to specific program guidelines.
Transportation services are offered 24 hours a day. Women and children are transported to and from work therapy assignments, employment for certain phases, school, medical appointments, community outreach projects, community events, Celebrate Recovery meetings*, and various church sponsored activities.
*For more information about Celebrate Recovery, visit: www.celebraterecovery.com
Loveladies are required to attend classes for graduation. Through our partnership with Judson College*, women are offered the chance to gain higher education, and job skills. Our Workforce Development Program trains, and assists the Loveladies in finding sustainable jobs to ensure a bright future.
*For more information on Judson College, visit: www.judson.edu