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About Afiya

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Afiya is based in a residential neighborhood, .3 miles from a school and within walking distance from a supermarket, bike path and two bus stops.  The house offers three bedrooms (one on the first floor and two on the second), two bathrooms, a kitchen, a living room and other community spaces including a partially finished basement.   Other features of the house include an accessibility ramp leading to the rear and side entrances, an accessible shower in the first-floor bathroom and a large back yard.  

 

What You Can Expect While Staying at Afiya:

 

  • Your own private bedroom (with unlimited access to common spaces)
  • The ability to come and go as you choose (all stays are completely voluntary)
  • Access to basic community food items (and the ability to store your own food items if you prefer)
  • Access to visitors (may be in designated spaces to protect the privacy of others)
  • An opportunity to rest and re-group (while we might talk with you about a schedule that could best support your hopes and needs, you determine your wake, sleep and eating times) 
  • Access to 1:1 peer support (as well as the opportunity to connect as a group or individually with others staying at the peer respite as you desire)*
  • Access to a variety of items including books, art supplies and more
  • An opportunity to learn about and/or access local resources
  • Uninterrupted access to your own existing supports and scheduled activities (e.g., If you have a therapist you like and want to see or a job that you wish to keep working, you may do so throughout your stay)
  • Support to brainstorm, take action and establish next steps for when you leave the respite

* It's important to note that your experience at Afiya may vary depending on a number of factors including who else is staying at the house and how busy things are at that time.  Overall, our philosophy is that not all support has to or should come from someone who is working at Afiya to someone staying at Afiya.  Rather, we believe that support and healing connections can develop in many directions, including between two people staying at the house.  However, how that actually plays out at any given moment depends in the house.  Some people go to look for conversation and active exploration of ideas, while others may go primarily to get rest and quiet.  Similarly, while it is fair to expect at least some 1:1 support time during each visit, the needs of everyone staying in the house together will shape what that looks like from day to day.

 

Limitations:

 

  • If you take medications, please be reminded that we are not able to hold or handle them.  However, we will provide you with a storage box to keep them yourself or you can have friends or family visit to help you as needed
  • We are generally not able to accommodate stays longer than seven days
  • We do not offer any clinical supports such as therapy or psychiatric services (though we may be able to help you connect to those services if you desire)
  • Our ability to offer transportation is limited. While we will do our best to be creative in working with you to get where you need to go, our ability to offer transportation is limited by budget and time.

 

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