Dear Readers,
Beginning Wed., Oct. 25, The Ranger will reinstate our subscription program for our digital-only customers. (The online Ranger will continue to be provided free as an added service to all Ranger print subscribers). We hope you will continue to enjoy Fremont County's best journalism in print and also online, all day, every day!

Quarterly report shows Center of Hope impact

Dec 7, 2016 By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

The Center of Hope rehabilitation facility in Riverton completed almost 420 intakes during July, August and September.

Of those, 140 were unique to the new fiscal year, and 38 were first-time admissions.

Staff at the facility provided a combined 643 days of close observation, 145 days of social detoxification, and 129 days of transitional services July through September and sent 11 people to residential treatment.

Five people went to intensive outpatient treatment, and there were 37 referrals to community partners.

"They support the recovery process for our people," COH program director Shelly Mbonu said.

She was presenting information about the first quarter of the fiscal year to the Riverton City Council during a recent meeting.

Judicial system

The COH received 16 referrals from the judicial system during the first quarter July through September.

"We have continued to work closely with the local judicial system to facilitate treatment services for those who qualify," Mbonu said.

Of the 16 referrals, five individuals went on to receive treatment. Two of those five completed treatment and returned to the COH for additional transitional services. There are also two clients in the process of applying for treatment.

"In addition to that, at the end of the first quarter we had two clients with bed dates and two clients who were attending intensive outpatient treatment," Mbonu said.


The COH participated in a Recovery Day celebration in conjunction with Fremont Counseling during the first quarter, as well as a Peace March on July 18 in Riverton. In addition, the COH clinician implemented a type of curriculum that focuses on error and thinking, Mbonu said.

"She has also started after-care groups for individuals who have completed treatment," Mbonu said.

The facility held its "Empty Bowl" fundraiser last month in Riverton and raised about $19,000.


The COH recently received a new, three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities.

CARF is an international, non-profit organization that promotes quality rehabilitation services and has established standards for organizations. It also ensures those standards are being met.

The CARF accreditation is valid through April 30, 2019, and accredits the following programs: assessment and referrals, community housing, detoxification, outpatient treatment, residential treatment, and rapid re-housing and homelessness prevention programs services coordination.


The COH celebrated a ground breaking ceremony this fall to kick off the planned expansion of its facility at 223 W. Adams Ave.

The project is set to cost about $500,000 and will centralize all COH services under one roof.

The organization currently rents some office space at 625 E. Madison Ave. in Riverton because of the lack of space at the Adams Avenue location.

The COH provides three days of close observation, 14 days of social detoxification and three months of transitional living which includes services such as substance abuse assessments, daily exercise, group therapy and connection to resources to help with employment and housing.

The facility is operated by Volunteers of America-Northern Rockies.

"We certainly appreciate the impact the VOA has had on the City of Riverton," Riverton Mayor Lars Baker said.

Mbonu said the VOA is pleased to have found a place in Fremont County.

"(We're) bringing in 41 years of experience in substance abuse treatment," she said.

Print Story
Read The Ranger...