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Demeter House

A Residential Facility for Mothers and Children

521 N. Quincy Street
Arlington, Virginia 22203-2106
703.920.1440 x 28 •  Fax: 703.920.1450

Fast Facts

  • Residential treatment facility
  • Open year-round, 24 hours/day
  • Addresses the special needs of women, including expectant mothers and mothers with children
  • Diagnostic substance abuse assessment
  • Individualized treatment plans
  • Individual and group counseling
  • Child care component
  • Family education and therapy
  • On-site life skills classes, resume/job workshops and tutoring
  • Random drug testing
  • Continuity of care from intake to treatment
  • CARF-accredited


The Demeter House, a 20-bed home located in Arlington, Virginia, serves women, including those who are expecting, have custody of their children or the ability to regain custody following successful treatment.

The program is designed to not only break the cycle of addiction, but empower clients to re-enter the community as responsible citizens and reduce their reliance on government support.

To meet the special needs of women, treatment is comprehensive and based on a disease model approach. Typically, treatment runs for about three months, through length of stay is based on an individual's progress and clinical condition. Certified counselors employ a traditional 12-step model based on Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous and individual and group counseling. Counseling is behavior management-focused, with each client learning how to assume personal responsibility for her recovery.

Our program also address the social and family barriers that have traditionally prevented mothers from entering and remaining in treatment. Up to two children, ages 12 and younger, can live with their mother while she is in treatment.

Family services

Supervised childcare is provided while mothers participate in treatment activities. At all other times, children are in the care of their mothers. Giving mothers the opportunity to learn how to care for their children in a homelike setting is one of the objectives of Demeter House.



All clients must be:

  • female, over 18 years old
  • ambulatory, able to maintain self-care without physical handicap(s) that would hinder mobility in the program
  • have a primary diagnosis of chemical addiction
  • able to maintain appropriate behavior in an intensive, structured facility
  • in good physical health, other than symptoms of withdrawal

We accept self pay and most major insurance carriers as well as CSB, DSS, DJJ, CSA funding.

Vanguard Works!

Vanguard has a 65 percent completion rate, exceeding the nation average.

In addition, more than 70 percent of Vanguard clients who complete treatment remain in recovery, when surveyed 90 days following graduation.

We watch our graduates change old habits to rejoin their families, jobs and communities and lead productive, fulfilling lives.


The program also offers a comprehensive array of services and support to help female clients achieve long-term abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Among the services are resume writing workshops, individual tutoring, workshops in personal/home budgeting, nutrition and meal planning and other life skills.


How you can help

Support from caring people like you helps us treat people in our community who are striving to make positive changes in their lives. To help, please send you tax-deductible contribution to the address above. You can also donate online in minutes by visiting our donations page.