The Gavin Foundation operates two residential programs for youth: one for males and one for females. The residential component consists of three phases and is a six month program with sixteen young men and fourteen young women between the ages of 16 and 20. Each year, Cushing Houses serve close to 100 youth and their families.The Cushing House programs provide stabilizing transitional care for substance abusing young men and women who can function in the community, and who have family or guardians engaged in their care.
The Cushing House programs promote healing in family relationships by providing groups for parents and opportunities for families to socialize with each other, and other families in the program. 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 setting. 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. Both programs are licensed as residential rehabilitation programs for adolescents by the Bureau of Substance Abuse Services, Department of Public Health.