The Gavin Foundation operates two residential programs for youth: one for males and one for females. Cushing Houses provide stabilizing transitional care residence for substance abusing young men and women who can function in the community, and who have family or guardians engaged in their care. Most residents are diagnosed with moderate to severe substance use disorders, and have difficulty in school and at home. Some are involved with the criminal justice system. Cushing House promotes self-care, self-reliance and community responsibility, through structured activities and the experience of living in a residential milieu. Although both use a similar structure, gender specific groups and activities are included in the programs. Residents are expected to participate in life skills training including cooking, cleaning and other chores. Psycho-educational and recovery support groups are the primary tools, teaching about the nature of addiction, and the practice and principles of recovery. Cushing house aims to help youth affirm positive values and establish a web of services to support sobriety.
Improving Relationships: Cushing House programs promote healing in family relationships, providing groups for parents, and opportunities for families to socialize with each other, and other families. The programs serve up to sixteen young men and fourteen young women between the ages of 16 and 20. The residential component consists of three phases and is a 6 month program. Each year, Cushing Houses serve close to 100 youth and their families.
Both programs are licenses as residential rehabilitation programs for adolescents by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Department of Public Health.