The center is designed to help our guests move away from feeling shamed, isolated and responsible for behaviors that happened to them. We believe focusing on making healthy connections in a safe place is what allows individuals to experience empowerment and acceptance. We encourage our guests to use the center in a way that best meets their needs. Our Guest House offers a destination where individuals can experience community, connection and wellness.  

Holiday meal

Have you ever wished you could go somewhere and just be? 

Ever wonder what it's like to be surrounded by persons who understand?

Have you ever wanted to learn a new skill or try something new, but were afraid of looking stupid or being criticized?

Do you wish you could go somewhere after a difficult therapy session (other than home or the waiting area)?


Do you have places to meet people without any expectations of long term relationships or going home with someone?

Do you feel accepted for who you are?

Can you permit yourself to have fun even though you are going through difficult times?

If you have had similar thoughts or needs, than consider becoming a guest. You deserve a chance to heal. You deserve community, connection, and wellness.



Eligibility Requirements

Safety is our number one priority for all persons in our community; guests, volunteers, and staff members alike. Maintaining safety means everyone has a responsibility not only to oneself, but to the rest of the community. In order for us to maintain this promise, we require all our staff and volunteers be screened in order to reduce the risk of any harmful or unacceptable behavior towards our guests, as well as towards the organization. While our guests do not receive a comprehensive screening like our staff and volunteers they are required to conduct themselves in responsible ways. In order to become an EDCI guest, we require the following:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have experienced childhood abuse (physical, emotional, mental or sexual) and/or neglect.  
  • Attend an orientation, complete an application and participate in an interview.
  • Not be a convicted felon. Have never been accused, arrested, charged, or convicted of child abuse or molestation.
  • Provide name and phone number of an emergency contact.
  • Participate in nonviolent communication classes.
  • Be willing to have fun (attend a social function: movie, party, or game night).
  • Sign-up for classes before attending (when appropriate).
  • Be willing to communicate with staff/volunteers and other participants (avoid isolating). 
  • Guarantee you will not engage in any harmful, hurtful or self-destructive behavior toward yourself while on the premises.
  • Guarantee you will not physically or emotionally harm another individual or harm any property that does not belong to you.
  • Maintain confidentiality of other guests' personal information. 
  • Abstain from using or being under the influence of alcohol or non-prescription drugs while on the premises.
  • Participate in anonymous surveys to provide Program feedback.
  • Understand that EDCI does not provide any type of crisis intervention, psychotherapy, or mental health services. We will assist you in finding these services.


"Helplessness and isolation are the core experiences of psychological trauma. Empowerment and reconnection are the core experiences of recovery."

Judith Herman MD
Trauma and Recovery: The aftermath of violence from domestic abuse to political terror