ABOUT SIENA/FRANCIS HOUSE – MIRACLES TREATMENT CENTER
Operating since 1975, Siena/Francis House is Omaha’s largest homeless shelter, providing food, clothing, and case management outreach to men and women in need. The organization’s Miracles Treatment Center offers residential treatment to individuals over the age of 19, and focuses on substance abuse and, as well as gambling addiction, eating disorders, and other addictions. Detox services are not offered on-site. is available through the facility.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The treatment process at Siena/Francis House’s Miracles Treatment Center begins with identifying homeless clients and helping them get off of the streets. Siena/Francis offers overnight shelter services to homeless clients as a way of providing temporary relief. While they are in the overnight shelters, Siena/Francis House encourages them to seek further treatment. Anyone in the overnight shelters can be considered for residential treatment through the Miracles Treatment Center.
To be admitted to Miracles, clients must commit to a minimum of 120 days of residential treatment, participate in job training programs, and provide 40 hours of weekly service to the Siena/Francis House shelter. Clients must also be able to maintain their sobriety during their stay in any of the facilities.
The recovery program is based on the 12-steps principles, and utilizes multiple trauma and evidence-based treatment modalities. These include Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Seeking Safety, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and grief recovery counseling. Miracles Treatment Center uses a three phase process to facilitate client treatments.
Clients work their way through three phases of treatment while in residential treatment. Phase One covers the first 90 days of treatment. Clients attend individual therapy as well as group counseling sessions. Clients are also enrolled in the job training program and begin to satisfy the requirements of the program such as attending educational sessions. In addition, clients begin attending daily 12-step group meetings during the week, and must find a 12-steps sponsor. During this phase, family counseling is also available.
Phase Two covers the client’s transition back into the community by enrolling in school or gaining employment while continuing treatment. Since the amount of time needed for this changes based on each client, there is not a time limit for this phase. However, clients are required to make progress toward completing their treatment. Clients begin the process of establishing sober living lifestyle requirements including finding employment, continuing treatment, and preparing to transition out of the program.
In Phase Three, clients fully establish their aftercare plans including having a consistent job and being involved in community-based treatment programs. If the client needs living arrangements at the end of the program, he or she can stay up to an additional month to finalize the arrangements. Once the client transitions out of the facility, aftercare counseling begins to help them maintain a sober lifestyle. There is also an alumni group for those that have completed the program.
Information about Siena/Francis House’s Miracles Treatment Center staff. The website lists Frank Bailey as the Director of the Miracles Treatment Center. There isn’t information about the rest of the facility’s staff. However, it is safe to assume that the facility employs trained and credentialed management, administrative, and counseling staff members. The facility also has volunteers that assist in facility management, fundraising, and treatment practices.
ACCOMMODATIONS & AMENITIES
Siena/Francis House’s Miracles Treatment Center has 48 support apartments available for clients and potential clients. These apartments are designed to disability accessible and minimal while providing everything needed for comfortable living. Each apartment is designed to house a single occupant. Residents in these apartments pay $250 in rent which covers services and utilities. Clients also have full access to the facility’s amenities which including case managers, meeting spaces, classrooms, minimal healthcare services, and access to partner agencies.
WHAT ALUMNI SAY
Best-rehabs.com has polled two alumni of Miracles Treatment Center at the time of this writing. Both reviews were mixed.
For instance, one alum gave the facility three out of five stars for its accommodations, and five out of five stars for its level of connectivity and visitor policy. However, the other alum gave five out of five stars for accommodations and two out of five stars for its connectivity and family participation. Both alumni gave the facility only one out of five stars for its holistic offerings.
On the Facebook page for the organization as a whole, it earned 4.6 out of five stars from 83 reviews.  Many of the reviews are for other programs that the Siena/Francis House Homeless Shelter offers. In the reviews from alumni of the Miracles Program, alumni praised how the program was able to get them back on their feet. In a representative review, alum Arlo wrote: “I went to the Siena Francis House with nothing but a few things to wear, I was broken, No car, No job, no place to stay in. They put me in the Miracles Program, took some classes, and it didn’t cost me anything.Given me a donation car, i had a place to stay till i got a job lined up, saved some money and found a place to stay in. I am forever Grateful for what they done for me! and all I needed was a little willingness to help them out in return!!”
Treatment at Siena/Francis House’s Miracles Treatment Center is offered at no cost to clients, who pay their way by working at the shelter. All other costs are covered by donations and fundraising efforts that the community participates in.