Rowan receives grant to work with program

Rowan receives grant to work with program

The Rowan University Foundation has been awarded a three-year, $295,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through its New Jersey Health Initiatives program to help women in residential drug treatment acquire work and life management skills as they prepare to re-enter their communities.

Rowan will use the funds to establish a "therapeutic workplace" for low-income women in residential drug treatment at Seabrook House in Cumberland County. Titled BOAST (Behavioral Office-Based Achievement and Success Training), the program will target specific workplace behaviors and skills required for successful employment.

"Women in recovery will learn skills such as typing, data entry, and maintaining a professional demeanor. The program also will provide clients with a structure and setting to establish healthy lifestyle behaviors and skills, such as financial responsibility, social skills, a simulated salary, and other supports designed to build their confidence and self-esteem," said Rowan psychology professor MaryLouise Kerwin, who will direct the program and is principal investigator of the project. The program, which will also receive matching funds from both Rowan and Seabrook House, will serve up to 70 women over a three-year period. Additionally, public relations and film students in Rowan's College of Communication will develop promotional materials and a film documentary for the program. BOAST will be established at Seabrook House's MatriArk Family Center, which serves women in residential drug treatment and their children. For more information, visit

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Date Published: Monday, August 27, 2007 - 01:00