Former home for music now home for recovery in DuluthA home where children once could take music lessons in the John S. Duss Music Conservatory has transformed into a modern and relaxed alcohol and drug treatment center for women.
By: Alysee Shelton, Duluth News Tribune
A home where children once could take music lessons in the John S. Duss Music Conservatory has transformed into a modern and relaxed alcohol and drug treatment center for women.
Community members gathered to view the new Marty Mann House on Thursday afternoon, which is in the former Prindle Mansion on Greysolon Road. William and Mina Prindle built the home in the early 1900s. The couple died in the mid-1900s. The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist purchased the mansion in 1981. The nuns used the home as a music conservatory until 2008. The home closed in 2009, and three years later, the Franciscan sisters decided to sell it to Center City Housing, which then leased it to the Center for Alcohol and Drug Treatment. The Spanish Colonial Revival-designed home received an updated look and is now ready to serve 24 women. The previous Marty Mann house on 11th Avenue East served 12 women.
“Getting treatment can be difficult with long waiting lists,” said Gary Olson, CEO of the center. “It’s our responsibility to meet demands, and with this new location we can serve up to 70 women.”
Marty Mann is a recovery program created by the center to help women as they transition from alcohol and drug treatment back into a fresh and sober way of living.
Residents can go through long-term sobriety, education, employment and chemical-free recreation programs. The women also can participate in gardening and cooking activities.
Belinda Walker, who suffered from alcohol and crack-cocaine addiction, thoroughly enjoyed the 90-day treatment program.
“I loved the therapy, food and clinicals on endorphins,” Walker said. “I’m so grateful for the help I received; Marty Mann taught me that I am somebody. They taught me if I stay sober, then I have a chance in life.”
Walker and the other residents seem to be very pleased with the new location.
“The women appeared to be pretty overwhelmed and excited,” Olson said.“The women have to live here for a period of time and I wouldn’t want to put anyone in a place where I wouldn’t want to live.”The decorated and furnished rooms had patterned bed spreads, a fireplace and cool-colored walls. Not to mention the women have a huge patio with a grand view of Lake Superior.
“This house is just fantastic,” Judge Sally Tarnowski said. “This is a wonderful place for the women to recover.”
The residents are expected to move into the new house on Dec. 2.