At first glance, the 3300 block of Powelton Avenue looks to be just another block filled with student housing for nearby Drexel University students. Every house looks almost identical.
The first house on the block is different, however. It does not house students. It houses Re-Enter Incorporated.
Re-Enter Incorporated is a free-standing, non-hospital, licensed drug and alcohol treatment facility for adult males working toward recovery.
“Re-Enter has been around for about 20 years,” said Vance Hudson. “I have held my position since the year 2000.”
Hudson is the executive director of the facility. The facility has the license to treat and house 14 men. The men can either stay short-term, about one month or long-term, three months or more.
According to Hudson, the men in the program are required to maintain total abstinence from drugs and alcohol. They also are expected to participate in all house activities including meals and various outings around the area.
“We identify the people here as ‘persons-in-recovery,’” said Hudson.
After spending 90 days in the program, former “person-in-recovery” Tom Finnerty now serves as a residential manager of Re-Enter.
“Before coming into this process my life was completely unmanageable,” said Finnerty. “It was a struggle for the past nine or 10 years of addiction.”
After emerging from the program clean, Finnerty decided to join the team to help others that had a similar situation to him. He now makes sure that the “persons-in-recovery” are doing what they have to do with regards to staying abstinent and keeping with their medications.