Sally’s House Honors the Late Ruthann Genoni’s Service
By Nancy Lundell // August 29, 2014
Ruthann Genoni passed away July 10
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Eau Gallie Yacht Club dining room was filled recently with friends and supporters of Sally’s House for a luncheon in honor of Ruthann Genoni, a leader and long-time supporter of this home for recovering addicts and their children.
Members of the Genoni family was in attendance.
As part of the program, JoAnna O’Keefe, a poet and inspirational speaker, reminisced about Ruthann’s lifetime of generosity, kindness and contributions to Sally’s House and other local charities.
Darcia Jones Francey presented the remembrances of Christine Lance, who worked with Ruthann on many local causes. Mrs. Lance was unable to attend.
The luncheon speaker, Agent Cindy Young of the Brevard County Sheriff’s office, spoke about the complexities of domestic violence and its links with alcohol and drugs.
Sally’s House was established to offer a safe, comfortable environment for women seeking to achieve and maintain recovery from addiction. The 15-bed facility assists pregnant women as its first priority and women with young children as its second priority.
Sally’s House is the only residential facility in Brevard that allows women to keep their children with them as they complete program requirements. Clients may stay in the House for up to two years if needed to be successful in their recovery.
The cost of services is $29 per day, about one third of what comparable programs cost, according to Jason Wieseler, a program director for Circle of Care, which manages the house.
To date, 950 women have been through the program provided at the house, achieving an 80% success rate, he said.
Participants are expected to contribute a portion of their income for treatment.
Originally named Robin’s Nest, the house was rededicated as Sally’s House in honor of Sally Lloyd, a women’s intervention specialist, whose dedication and personal commitment were greatly responsible for the establishment of this program when very few, if any, treatment options existed for women.