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Sanford House At Cherry Street

540 Cherry St SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49503
Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sanford House offers residential and outpatient addiction treatment exclusively for adult women. Residential capacity is limited to 10 clients at a time so that each woman can receive highly personalized treatment in a safe, intimate, and comfortable environment. Patients are provided with a complete continuum of care that includes state-of-the-art clinical treatments, addiction education, recreation, and nutritional support. There are also plenty of amenities and social activities offered to ensure that clients enjoy their time away and are able to recover in comfort.

Facility Highlights

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Interactive Journaling


  • Family Program

    Research shows that the odds of successful, sustained recovery from addiction are far higher when family members and loved ones are involved in treatment. Drug and alcohol addiction often have genetic roots, whether related to substance abuse, mental illness or both. Family dynamics also play a role and, often, family members are the first to realize a loved one has developed an addiction. Also, it’s important for family members to understand and embrace the lifestyle changes that are required to sustain recovery.
  • Residential Treatment

    Residential treatment programs provide housing (food and meals) in addition to treatment for substance abuse. Some facilities offer only short-term residential treatment, some offer only long-term treatment and others offer both, ranging from a few days to many months, based on patient needs.

Facility Settings

  • Luxury

Meet the Staff

  • Rae Allyson Green JD, MA, LPC, CAADC
    Rae Allyson Green JD, MA, LPC, CAADCFounder
    Rae studied history at Alma College before attending Detroit College of Law for her Juris Doctor degree. She managed several nonprofit organizations prior to receiving her MA in counselor education and counseling psychology from Western Michigan University. As a licensed professional counselor, Rae also holds a SPADA certification, the Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She then spent five years at a women’s residential treatment center and was instrumental in collaborating with the clinical team to implement new services to meet the individual needs of each client. Rae’s extensive experience working with women in residential treatment centers inspired her to seek a new approach. In collaboration with her husband, David, Rae founded Sanford House to serve as a beacon for recovery and to inspire women with the belief that life in recovery can be richer, fuller, and more fulfilling.
  • Christine Walkons MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS-M
    Christine Walkons MA, LPC, CAADC, CCS-MClinical Director
    Christine has been working in the addiction field for over 25 years. For 14 of them, she served as Clinical Supervisor and Administrator for a women’s residential treatment facility, and also helped develop outpatient and intensive outpatient programs. In addition, she represented the Board of Counseling on the Michigan Health Professional Recovery Committee (MHPRC) for six years and has surveyed Behavioral Health Organizations nationwide for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). Christine embraces a welcoming approach that eliminates barriers to treatment. As Clinical Director, she encourages partnerships between clients and staff, resulting in individualized, person-centered recovery management.

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Sanford House at Cherry Street provides a residential and outpatient treatment for adult women struggling with substance use disorder. It's among the 46.5 percent of treatment facilities in Michigan to offer specialized treatment for women. The organization also operates the nearby Sanford House at John Street, a residential facility for men.


Treatment at Sanford House begins with a comprehensive medical and personal assessment. Residential programming typically lasts 30 days and includes individual, group and family therapy, as well as relapse prevention, educational sessions, and recreational activities.

Clients will also participate in 12-step meetings, in addition to holistic activities such as yoga, art therapy, and acupuncture, the latter of which is offered by only 14 percent of treatment facilities in the state.

Prior to leaving treatment, clients will have a personalized aftercare plan that includes sponsorship, meetings, and referrals. Following treatment, women may be directed to Sanford House’s standard or intensive outpatient program (IOP). In 2017, 36.8 percent of outpatient facilities in Michigan offered treatment at an IOP level.


The treatment team includes licensed professional counselors, certified addictions counselors, and licensed social workers, as well as a medical director, a nurse practitioner, and a consulting psychiatrist.


No more than 10 clients reside at Sanford House at one time. The colonial-style house includes oak floors, a library, a living and dining room, and a full kitchen. Residents share rooms with spa-style bathrooms, and can enjoy movie nights and nearby parks during their stay. They have access to fitness options through swimming, weight training, hiking, and rock climbing.


To date, the two alumni surveyed by Rehabs.com to date gave Sanford House positive feedback, praising the program for its personalized and intimate nature, as well as its comfort and range of counseling options. "They have a variety of types of group therapy and take your preferences into consideration for the weekly schedule for which meetings and activities to do," Star wrote in a representative review.

Alum Allison, who rated specific metrics, awarding perfect five-star ratings for the facility's cleanliness, the staff's experience and training, and the likelihood they'd recommend the facility to others. "Very small groups and a lot of personal attention," Allison wrote.

The facility also fared well on secondary sites, where it earned an average rating of five out of five stars based on 16 Google reviews [1], and five out of five-star rating based on the opinions of 20 individuals on Facebook[2]. Across both sites, former clients described the rehab as an effective and peaceful environment for recovery. "Sanford House delivers a solid treatment program in a beautiful venue. The staff is very devoted and everyone cares about your treatment experience and recovery," Judith wrote in a representative review.


Sanford House accepts some insurance plans, including Aetna, BlueCross Blue Shield, Cigna, and United Healhcare. Private pay options are also available.


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