Although it was a vision for many years, in 2006 JFT Recovery Services was formed. Our purpose was to provide safe, structured, and compassionate housing for those seeking recovery, as well as providing addiction education and advocacy for the recovery community in Central Pennsylvania.
In 2007, JFT Recovery Services received a small grant, and over the next few years, began operating three recovery houses and a thrift store. We have since consolidated our efforts to two recovery houses: one on the East Shore for female veterans, and one on the West Shore for adult men.
More positive and exciting changes came to JFT in 2015 when we transformed into JFT Recovery and Veterans' Support Services, Inc. This transformation has allowed us to expand our services as we move towards the fulfilling two longtime standing goals: a centralized recovery center that can better serve our community and equipping ourselves to better help and work with our veterans in their journey toward healthy drug free living. Blessed with a grant from local behavioral health organizations, and through the efforts of our dedicated volunteer fundraising staff, we were able to formerly open the JFT Recovery Center in Lemoyne. We serve approximately 250-275 people come through our doors weekly. When they come through our doors we are proud to be able to help feed, clothe, and love them all!
In 2018, we were awarded a grant to begin the Warm Handoff (WHO) program in Cumberland County. In 2020 the Warm Handoff continued in Cumberland County and Dauphin county was added. We now serve 7 hospitals including UPMC West Shore, UPMC Carlisle, Penn State Holy Spirit, Penn State Hampton, UPMC Harrisburg, UPMC Community General Osteopathic, and Penn State Hershey. Early in 2020 we started our Recovery and Reentry program and restructured, rebuilt, and revamped our Veteran's Program.
In 2021, we opened 2 additional centers, 1 in York and 1 in Millersburg, we are now serving 5 counties: Cumberland, Perry, Dauphin, York and Adams. At the end of 2021 we were selected to do the housing program for those with an opioid or stimulant addiction for Cumberland and Perry counties. Later in 2021 we picked up this program for York and Adams counties.
Currently, JFT has 3 centers, 2 administrative buildings and looking to add a farm for a new program entitled "Helping Veterans through Agriculture." We continue to serve 275-400 people each week through our programs and services. JFT has support meetings every night and we support all pathways to recovery.
Thank you for visiting our site. Please take the time to review our services, upcoming events, and list of various meetings held at our Recovery Center. We look forward to meeting and working with you in the near future as we travel the many pathways to recovery together. Everyone is welcome and treated like family.
At JFT our motto is "You never have to be alone again."
Remember: “Just for Today”; that is all you need.
Steve Barndt, Executive Director