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Women on the Way creates an environment where clients can individually and collectively grow to be self-sufficient through a program of recovery to become free of substance abuse and other forms of addictions. The women that come to Women on the Way come from all walks of life and backgrounds.   We have over 15 years of experience and know that our program works. 


In 1996, Liz Mann the founder of Women on the Way (previously known as Women of Faith Recovery Homes) believed traditional recovery models could be improved and started a new home in Castro Valley, California. With determination and faith, Liz started a new paradigm in recovery. She believes women need their basic needs met before they could focus on their recovery. She rented a home in Castro Valley, and made sure her clients were safe, secure, fed and clothed. Her tough-love approach addressed the whole woman: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. She created a structured daily routine that included daily chores, daily meditation and spiritual lessons, as well as a combination of classroom lessons, group work, individual counseling, and personal prayer time all combined synergistically to decrease stress and increase personal peace. As a result, relapses were less frequent, and successful recovery increased.

Women on the Way continues to use the recovery model based on the 12- Step AA/NA, providing a safe home for the woman, and have integrated other recovery courses to support a successful completion of the program and continuing their recovery.  When women come into the home, they are broken, scared, tired, and feeling hopeless. When they leave, they are hopeful, rested, optimistic about the future, and are provided with the skills and encouragement to keep moving forward in their lives.


*Philosophy based on love and hope
*Encouraging women with limited resources, either homeless or at risk of being homeless
*Helping women that "truly desire recovery"
*Emphasis on body, mind and spirit (serving the whole person)
*Structure based on comprehensive Case Management combined with spiritual twelve step program of recovery




Private Donations
*Federal,State or County Grants
*Foundation Grants
*General Assistance (woman can use if qualify)

◊ WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING Private Insurance.



Phase One Haviland House, Hayward
  • Residential housing program with ten beds
  • Clients can stay in the home anywhere from 3 to 6 months (on a case by case basis)
  • Providing a safe and sober living environment for women to regain their mental, physical, emotional, and spirtual well being as they travel the recovery path.
  • Case Management, 12-step, Educational courses and Spiritual support
Phase Two Sober Living Environment (SLE), San Leandro
  • 22 bed Sober Living Environment provides housing and continued aftercare support
  • WOTW accepts women from other programs to live in the SLE
  • Residents at the SLE continue in their recovery while working and/or advancing their education.
  • Residents can stay in the SLE anywhere from 6 to 18 months (case by case basis)
  • Residents are provided with the support and tools to continue to stay clean and sober.



"The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you, not harm you.
They are plans to give you hope and a future."
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)