WHIP profiles RHD’s Morris Home, a safe haven for Philadelphia’s transgender community
April 28, 2017
WHIP profiled RHD’s Morris Home, which supports trans and gender variant individuals as they develop the knowledge, skills and supports necessary to promote sobriety, manage emotional and behavioral difficulties, choose and maintain safe and healthy lifestyles, and develop healthy relationships with peers, family and the community. Listen to the report here
Philadelphia’s Morris Home is the only treatment and recovery house in the country specifically catered to transgender and gender nonconforming people.
Program Director Laura Sorenson explains the reality of many trans people going through recovery.
“We know that trans and gender nonconforming people are likely to delay or avoid drug and alcohol treatment because of fears of harassment and discrimination,” said Sorenson.
Morris Home provides a safe, recovery-oriented environment for individuals in transition from one gender to another, or those with other gender variants who may be coming from “the streets” and/or from shelter programs.
Morris Home is named for Nizah Morris, a transgender woman who was allegedly murdered in Philadelphia in 2002.