Off The Streets Program works to build positive relations with drug addicts, alcoholics and sexually abused women on the streets through active listening, consistent outreach and unconditional support. Often times, when a woman leaves the negative life style, she’s lucky if she can leave with the clothes on her back.Off The Streets Program helps women with addiction, who are being released from incarceration or living on the street, to overcome their addictions, to develop marketable skills, to reunite with families and to become productive citizens.
The Off the Street, Inc Transtitional House opened in September 2007 and serves as a home for a maximum of eight (8) women
Off The Streets Program 24-hour hotline provides counseling and referrals to anyone in or affected by prostitution. All of our services provide comprehensive, unconditional support, utilizing harm reduction models to assist youth and adults on the street to identify the skills they need or already have to make healthier life choices for themselves.
The women of Off The Streets Program participate in a strong recovery program focusing on the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and/or Narcotics Anonymous (NA), spiritual direction, in-depth support through recovery process, educational lectures, tapes and films on understanding addictions and counseling services (group and individual). The women receive limited public benefits, jobs skills training, computer skill and mentoring to assist with adjusting to a changed life style.
Gastonia, NC resident Shaaron Funderburk has been selected as one of the 2014 Women of Worth honorees by L’Oréal Paris for her outstanding work with Off the Streets Program (OTSP). Shaaron founded this nonprofit following her recovery from drug addiction as a way to provide a safe place and support for other women recovering from addiction and homelessness. Shaaron is one of 10 women from across the country to receive the prestigious Women of Worth award this year in acknowledgment of her charitable efforts and perseverance in making a difference in the community.Read More
In an effort to promote your transition to self-sufficiency, life-skills classes are a mandatory part of our transitional housing and include money management/finance, job readiness, retention and advancement training skills, and drug classes. Residents are eligible to stay in transitional housing for up to 12-months.Read More
Gastonia’s Shaaron Funderburk estimates she’s helped rehabilitate more than 750 female addicts in the past 11 years through her nonprofit Off the Streets program, with an 88 percent success rate. Her program provides transitional housing, counseling and helps women navigate detox. She helps them learn life and relationship skills and build the self-esteem they need to enter or re-enter the workforce.
While addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an equal-opportunity disease, women are affected differently than men. Generally speaking, women progress faster in addiction than men, face different barriers to getting help, and recover differently. Shaaron Funderburk, who survived drug addiction, homelessness and prostitution to found her Off The Streets program, which provides safe spaces for women battling these circumstances.
Every year, L’Oréal Paris’s Women of Worth program honors extraordinary and selfless women of all ages who follow their hearts to make significant changes in their communities. Shaaron Funderburk of Gastonia, N.C., opened a home for recovering addicts and runs support programs that help build the self-esteem of the women she supports so that they can rebuild their lives.
Women have to work much harder to make it in this world. It really pisses me off that women don’t get the same opportunities as men do, or money for that matter. Because lets face it, money gives men the power to run the show. It gives men the power to define our values and to define what’s sexy and what’s feminine and that’s bullshit. At the end of the day, it’s not about equal rights, it’s about how we think. We have to reshape our own perception of how we view ourselves.
Sit down and ask yourself, ‘What is the most important thing to me?’ What grosses me out the most? What makes me the most upset — is it healthcare? Is it so many people being hungry in our culture? Is it sexual abuse? Mix that with doing something you love, something you could keep doing forever and ever. For me it was ending violence against women, and I mixed it with music. And I’ve had a 25-year career. So that’s my advice: Find something you really care about and mix that with something you love doing.
Do not bring people in your life who weigh you down. And trust your instincts … good relationships feel good. They feel right. They don’t hurt. They’re not painful. That’s not just with somebody you want to marry, but it’s with the friends that you choose. It’s with the people you surround yourselves with.
We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man.’ Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices, always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support, but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?
I’ll be honest with you. I’m a little bit of a loner. It’s been a big part of my maturing process to learn to allow people to support me. I tend to be very self-reliant and private. And I have this history of wanting to work things out on my own and protect people from what’s going on with me.
Figure out who are you separate from your family, and the man or woman you’re in a relationship with. Find who you are in this world and what you need to feel good alone. I think that’s the most important thing in life. Find a sense of self. With that, you can do anything else.