Substance Abuse Treatment Program & Sober Living Environment Advocating Recovery & Sobriety Since 1989
HATTIE SMITH-MILES, Founder & Director Emeritus
Hattie Smith-Miles, the founder of the House of Acts, Inc. is a social entrepreneur, community leader, and a long time resident of Vallejo, CA. She also was employed with Solano County in the Legal Department for 30 years.
Mrs. Miles holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Clayton University, a paralegal certificate from Napa College, and a C.A.D.C. (Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certificate from Diablo Valley College.
The House of Acts, Inc. is located in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, in Solano County. We are a non-profit 501(c)3, community- and faith-based, residential social model program with a focus on individuals recovery and relapse prevention from alcohol and drug use disorders. We function as a substance abuse treatment program in a transitional housing setting for men, women, and transitional youth. Licensed and certified by the California State Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs.
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Creating a strong substance abuse resistance environment, as we maintain accessibility for transitional youth and adults addicted to drugs/alcohol and increase awareness of the dangerous effects it has on the mind, body, and family.
The House of Acts is committed to the creation of an atmosphere of wellness, healing and support for our residents. Assisting residents to find lasting sobriety through individual and group counseling, 12 step activities, drug education, relapse prevention, and wellness education.
We are committed to assisting in their attempts to find employment through our job search readiness and resume writing workshops and our computer education lab. The House of Acts does not discriminate on the bases of age, race, religion, national origin or physical disability.
Many State and local criminal courts began to be inundated with felony drug defendants in the latter half of the 1980's. Concern over growing street drug dealing and drug-related crime led to greatly increased enforcement efforts against drug sellers and users, resulting in substantial increases in felony drug caseloads.
Between 1980 and 1989, drug arrests in the United States increased 134 percent, while the number of total arrests increased only 37percent. Moreover, data from the National Institute of Justice's Drug Use Forecasting Program suggest that drug use is common among arrestees for non-drug crimes as well. Suburban and rural courts, as well as those in urban areas, have been affected. The emphasis on apprehension of low-level street dealers (often through undercover "buy-bust" or sting operations) and the escalation of legislated penalties against drug sale and possession, have tended to yield large numbers of serious felony arrests.
The strength of these cases, coupled with (1) more stringent plea bargaining and sentencing laws and (2) political pressure to be "tough" on drugs, has meant much greater use of incarcerative sentences for drug offenders. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Nation's jails and prisons have become severely overcrowded, primarily due to burgeoning incarceration rates for drug offenders. The resultant strain on court systems has led to a continuing search for more effective ways to absorb the increase in drug arrests. From this we have positioned this program to focus on five significant goals:
1. Support men's and women's health and wellness with resources that counter their substance abusive lifestyle.
2. Continued program development that is needed within vulnerable populations for substance abuse prevention and treatment.
3. Continued education for those who have neglected their education and basic life skills due to substance abuse.
4. Parenting education and family relationship strengthening is an interactive tool toward recovery and overall behavioral changes.
5. Prison alternative for non-violent, substance abusers and help reduce California's recidivism rate - as we teach positive behavioral changes.
627 Grant Street - Vallejo, CA 94590
Office Hours: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Facility Hours: 24 hours (7 days)
Serving: Men, Women, Young Adults
For over 40 years Mrs. Miles has served on numerous boards and organizations, which address social and community concerns. In 1989 she was a candidate for City Council for the City of Vallejo.
"You can't just sit and talk about the problems in the world unless you try to do something about it. And this is why I remain a person for the people."
"In 1989, 17 people were killed in the city and 16 of them were because of drugs. It was really bad around here, and I thought I needed to do something to help my neighborhood."
Referring to Acts 26:18, ‘To open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ "The spirit of the Lord came over to me after I read that passage, and said you will do this and call it the House of Acts.”
"I would have to go out to the men leaning on my fence and say, 'Young man, you can't deal drugs here today. You have to move on.' "
"This is what church is all about! They give support to the young men and women by giving them something positive in their lives."
“It is important to recognize the difference between men and women and their needs during the recovery process. Men bring more of a dynamic from being out there. A lot of the men at House of Acts have been in prison or in gangs, a lot have abused their families. The women are generally softer spirits and many have suffered domestic abuse or had other kinds of family problems."
"It's a completely different person when someone is on drugs. That's not their daughter, or son, or husband or wife. The real person – the person in recovery, can be unrecognizable."
"I would hear the men talk about their wives or girlfriends who were also abusing drugs and needing help, and I saw the need for me to open up a women's home."
"I make sure that all counselors, including myself, give him that love and connection -- that life is worth living and you don't have to live that dangerous way.”
QUOTES BY HATTIE SMITH-MILES