A safe haven in Houston County for women to recover from addiction and work to get their lives on track is closing its doors.
For 17 years, Gateway Cottage in Warner Robins served as a shelter for mothers working to heal from substance abuse, poverty and homelessness.
HODAC, or the Houston Drug and Action Council, announced plans to close the residential program due to funding constraints and budget cuts.
Some of the services provided at Gateway like substance abuse counseling will still be offered to the community, but not at a residential shelter.
HODAC's Marketing Director, Bryetta Callaway, says the program is working to place the five families they have now and looking forward to continuing their other services.
"There really is no definitive end date for Gateway," says Callaway, "because we're going to continue to work until we've placed them in an adequate facility and in a community or a treatment facility that is going to meet their needs."
The average stay at Gateway Cottage was 14 months. Right now five families are at the shelter.