Wayside Recovery Center began in 1954 as the vision of community leader Sarah Mary “Sally” DeVay. Wayside initially focused on providing shelter and support for women who were homeless. Our first name was "The Ladies of the Way Society". The founders soon realized that chemical dependency was a common factor adversely affecting the women in their care.
In 1959, "The Wayside House, Inc.," was born. In 1963, Wayside shifted its focus and began to provide substance abuse treatment for women. In the 1970s, our mission further expanded to treat mental health care needs for the many women who had co-occurring (substance abuse and mental health) problems.
Every year Wayside continues to broaden our work confronting the many issues which impact a woman’s ability to recover from addiction. Our holistic approach addresses more than chemical dependency and mental illness. We focus on compounding life factors; poverty, physical and sexual abuse, unemployment, homelessness, poor physical health and the stress of unsupported parenting. Wayside is one of the most unique treatment models in the United States. We have a multi-generational focus providing intensive quality care for the women we see as well as their children and families. Our Family Treatment Program allows the children to stay with their mother while she experiences residential care and support. This allows us to offer wrap around services for the children's needs as well.
Over our 60+ year history, we are proud to say that more than 30,000 women and their 6,000 children have benefited from our services.