Restoring Balance


How We Serve

Damascus House Community Development Corporation’s RISTORe Program is a community-based transitional housing program that provides safe, structured, and supervised environments for returning citizens and offers various programs and services. These services fall under the umbrella of the SAMSHA 8 Dimensions of Wellness (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, vocational, financial, and environmental). Our organization helps residents develop the tools they need to better themselves and rebuild their ties to the community.

Our program staff and volunteers have the passion, experience, and training to walk alongside returning citizens through their transition process as they learn and practice new prosocial skills within a safe transitional living environment. In addition to our professional staff, we use peer specialists who have already successfully transitioned to support those beginning their journey.

Our services include:

Mental health

  • Individual therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Family Reunification Therapy
  • Children of/and Incarcerated Parents programing

Substance Abuse

  • Individual counseling
  • Intensive Outpatient group
  • NA/AA/Celebrate Recovery

PRP Services

  • Communication Skills
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anger Management
  • Financial Literacy

Workforce Development

  • Soft skills training
  • On the job training
  • Apprenticeships
  • Entrepreneurial opportunities

Case Management Services

  • Securing vital records (Md ID and DL, SS card, Birth Certificate)
  • Clothing, transportation, cell phones
  • Soft and hard skills job training and apprenticeships

Our goal is to reduce recidivism, increase public safety, and RISTORe dignity to returning citizens

RISTORe Program Director is a returning citizen, and his motto is: