SECU Women’s Recovery Center – Dedicated to Women and Their Recovery


An Addiction Recovery Center Dedicated to Women’s Well-Being

Samaritan Colony launches “Changing Lives Campaign.”

With full support from the community, local leaders, and the incredible generosity of our donors, we are pleased to move forward with the next phase of our capital campaign, which will fund the creation of a residential treatment facility for women.

After very little deliberation we decided to call our multi-year fundraising effort The Changing Lives Campaign.

Why The Changing Lives Campaign?

Well, because after four decades of doing this work we have been continually humbled by what we have witnessed, and the many lives that we have touched. This includes the lives of our clients and their loved ones. Our Changing Lives Campaign is a natural extension of our work with men.

However, we can’t do this alone. We need your help.

Read below for more information and if you would like to get involved, please send an email to our Development Director, Maggie Sergio.

WRC rendering w SECU plaque

Architect’s rendering of SECU Women’s Recovery Center

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Samaritan Colony is thrilled to announce that we have received a 1-million-dollar grant award from the SECU Foundation.

Harold and Tyrone Tyler SECU RVP

Tyrone Tyler, Senior Regional Vice-President for State Employees Credit Union (SECU) presents Harold Pearson, Executive Director of Samaritan Colony with a check for $1,000,000 to help build the SECU Women's Recovery Center.

With this gift, Samaritan Colony will be able to move forward with the construction of the SECU Women’s Recovery Center. The newly constructed, 14-bed facility will be located on our 25-acre campus in Rockingham, North Carolina.

After 46 years of providing residential treatment services for underserved men struggling with addiction, Samaritan Colony will be expanding our mission to include delivering residential services to women struggling with substance use disorders and histories of trauma.

Our feet have almost touched the ground as we begin working on the next phase of our capital campaign for the SECU Women’s Recovery Center.

While this generous gift from The SECU Foundation means that we can begin our expansion of the life-saving work of Samaritan Colony, the need to raise funds is greater than ever.

The SECU Women’s Recovery Center will continue in the same spirit as our men’s program. No one will ever be turned away due to a lack of funds.

In order for Samaritan Colony to support a second facility for generations to come we need to raise another 2 million dollars.

Why 2 million dollars?

This is the estimated cost for three years of operating expenses, plus the creation of the first endowment fund for Samaritan Colony. By having these funds secured, we can focus on providing treatment to underserved individuals who are struggling with addiction.

As we enter the season of giving there will be several ways for you to support Samaritan Colony. Giving Tuesday is just around the corner (November 30), and we will be mailing out an end-of-year appeal in December. We humbly ask that you please consider Samaritan Colony when thinking about your end of the year, charitable giving. All donations are fully tax-deductible. Other ways to support our work can be found in the section “Other Ways to Give” on our home page

Why We Need Women-Specific Treatment

Women Experience More Obstacles and Shame

Fear of losing child custody, the stigmas associated with substance abuse, cultural influences, lack of social support, and other reasons make it harder for women to access treatment for addiction. While many of these obstacles can be dealt with, some women feel scared and ashamed to seek help. However, once a woman undergoes our treatment for addiction, we believe that she can recover successfully just like, if not more likely than men.

Addiction and Trauma Have Greater Impact on Women and Their Families

When it comes to drugs or alcohol, women are more quickly and adversely affected than men. This means that while women may consume less than men, they will experience the same, if not a higher level of physical, emotional, spiritual, and social damage over a shorter period.


Women Need a Safe Place to Build a Strong Support Network for Recovery

There are many underlying causes of addiction that must be addressed. These include lack of meaningful relationships and traumatic memories women may find hard to discuss with their loved ones. That is why women need to have a safe place where they can interact with others who share the same experiences.Our gender-specific treatment plan allows women to form a strong network of peers who support and understand each other.

Addiction Knows No Social Class and Neither Should Treatment

Although we do not offer free treatment, we ensure that our medically uninsured clients make payments based
on a sliding fee scale. We will always consider your financial situation and we will never refuse to admit anyone
based on their ability to pay. Our team also understands the value of charity which is why back in 2020,
Samaritan Colony (our 12-bed male facility) provided $470,000 for medically indigent men.

How Your Contributions Will Help Women

We encourage you to make donations so that we may achieve our goals such as:

  • Offer a positive economic impact from the creation of local jobs and permanent full-time professional and paraprofessional staff positions
  • Build the capacity to serve more than 120 low-income and medically indigent women in the first year
  • Create a positive impact on Community Colleges and Universities in providing them with a facility for internships
  • Educate the communities about Substance Use Disorders, harm reduction, and the possibilities of recovery through outreach
  • Save millions of dollars. NC DHHS reports that in 2016 alone, the Estimated Total Lifetime Costs for Medical and Work Loss from 100 Medication & Drug Fatalities for Sandhills Center’s 9-County area was 231 million dollars. Their medical costs alone were 1.7 million dollars.
  • Reduce crime rates and give capable and talented mothers, daughters, and sisters a second chance at success
  • Lower these costs and decrease the loss of lives through kind and compassionate treatment of women with Substance Use Disorders and histories of trauma

What is Addiction?

Addiction is a chronic relapsing illness of body, mind, and spirit. It requires treatment, not just emergency intervention or medication.