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Will County Drug Court participants get new place to call home

Drug Court Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr (left) addresses crowd gathered for an open house for new recovery home for people completing

Drug Court Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr (left) addresses a crowd gathered for an open house for the new recovery home for people completing Will County Drug Court off Lime St. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, in Joliet. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: November 29, 2012 6:37AM



JOLIET — A new recovery home will offer stronger support and monitoring to more people who are completing the Will County Drug Court program.

On Friday, State’s Attorney James Glasgow and Drug Court Coordinator Julie McCabe-Sterr welcomed guests to the Julie Ann House, 311 Lime St.

The house is named in honor of McCabe-Sterr and Ann Dralle, a county board member who worked to have the project approved.

“Ann helped me show with what we spend to have someone in jail or sent to another treatment facility, this saves the county money,” McCabe-Sterr said.

Drug Court, presided over by Judge Carla Alessio-Policandriotes, allows substance abusers who commit non-violent offenses to enroll in programs to help them find treatment and employment by staying drug free and submitting to random tests.

Graduates keep the offenses off their records and the community is spared the ongoing expense and effects of crimes that chronically occur in the spiral of addiction.

“These people get a second chance. They can get out in the community and live a productive life. It’s not only better for them, it’s better for society,” Glasgow said.

The first recovery home opened in 2010 and was named for one of the program’s first graduates, Miller Taylor, who attended Friday’s open house.

The recovery home named after him will now house women in the drug court program, while the recovery home named after two women will house up to eight men.

Criminal fines were used to buy the house about a year ago and covered the costs of renovation, which included installing a sprinkler system and rubbing “layers of grime” off the walls.

In addition to beds and a kitchen, the house contains a TV and a pool table.

“Most college kids would kill to have a frat house like this,” Glasgow said. “I’m coming over here to watch the Bears game Sunday.”

Residents, who pay an $85 weekly housing fee and buy their own food, are also expected to take care of Millie, the program’s dog.

Supervisor Bob Sullivan will live in the house, and residents are required to use the Breathalyzer hanging by the door as they walk in.

“This is the final step before graduating drug court,” McCabe-Sterr said. “Some men will be living here from three months to a year.”

McCabe-Sterr feels residents will be better off having the additional support than remaining in a halfway house and can receive better supervision from the program in one location.

Before the Julie Ann House project got underway, Drug Court supervisors and participants met with neighbors near Lime Street to explain the program and address any concerns.

“There were a lot of questions, but we tried to answer them and they saw these guys weren’t thugs being forced in here,” she said. “One neighbor of the Miller Taylor House came and said he had been against it, but they turned out to be great neighbors.”



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