About Shana’s House

There are sober living recovery homes across the nation, but out of every 7 beds available, only 1 is open for women.  It’s not that women are any less prone to addictions, it is a reflection of the lack of women's homes for drug and alcohol recovery.  

On top of this, it is much more challenging to bring women into places that foster sober living.  There is a strong stigma that surrounds their addiction – more so than with men.  In addition, women tend to not want to admit that they need help and often have a do-it-yourself mindset.  But addiction healing is one of those things that can not be done alone;  Recovery requires support and care from trusted people surrounding the individual. 

Shana’s House offers a private, supportive sanctuary for women to conquer their dependency on drugs or alcohol.  Shana's House has a network of therapists, case workers, staff, and addiction specialists to help women heal and re-enter their lives with sobriety.

About the Founder

Robert Curry has been in recovery for the last 35 years.  He understands the arduous journey toward sobriety because he has been there.  He has personally experienced the joys, frustrations, hurdles, and hard work that achievement of sober living requires. Now, he wants to help others succeed in their recovery.

Robert performed a tour of duty through the Marine Corp in Vietnam (1965), allowing him personal familiarity to the atrocities of human condition.  Returning from the war, he went to law school for a year before changing directions and receiving his master's of Business Administration from Columbia University.  He worked with several big-name financial organizations including JP Morgan Chase, Price WaterhouseCoopers, and the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. However, Robert believed the work appeared to lack something. As a result, he left the financial world and started his own business, Turning Point for Leaders, as an executive coach and recovery specialist. Robert has been performing corporate interventions for the last decade.

Witnessing first-hand the horrors of addiction in his niece, Robert took his passion for recovery and committed himself to helping women who were battling their alcoholism/drug dependency.  He opened a private halfway house for women, the only sober living home for women in Fairfield County, Connecticut.  His goal is to help women succeed in their recovery and achieve a normal, drug/alcohol-free life.  

In addition to Shana’s House, Robert manages a trust, which he created to help support and care for his grand-nephew, Shana’s son.  He is dedicated to giving him the love and support his mother was not able to, as well as honor her memory within him.  

Meet the People behind the Supportive Network at Shana’s House

Joyce S. Sixsmith M.A., L.A.D.C
Joyce is a licensed CT alcohol and drug counselor.  She currently works both in her own private practice and with high school students as the Connections Counselor for Substance Abuse at Darien High School.  Joyce is also the current President of the New Canaan Ram Council Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages healthy decision-making for teens to live substance-free lives.  With 34 years of experience handling substance abuse cases, it is no surprise that she is often called to lecture on a variety of topics for schools, agencies, and faith communities.  Her seminars appeal to parents and professionals as well as teens.  She is a strong force working for teen and young adult sobriety.  Her expansive knowledge and expertise of substance abuse among younger women is extremely beneficial among our clients.

Lance Minor
Lance is no stranger to the intimacies of recovery -- he’s been in his own recovery since 1975.  He had a successful career for many years as the advertising and sales rep for Sports Illustrated Magazine.  But after losing both his wife and granddaughter to the disease of alcoholism, he decided to take a different and more fulfilling career path.  He enrolled at the Hazelden Counselor Training Program located in Center City, Minnesota and today is a Certified and Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor.  He is dedicated to helping those suffering from the disease get the help they need to achieve sobriety.  Lance’s deep commitment to this goal is illustrated by the fact that he has been Robert’s own sponsor for the last 3 decades. 

Pamela George, Director of Residential Services/Admissions/Business Development
With 10 years working in business management and development at Andersen Consulting, Innovative Kids and The Walter Schalk School of Dance, Pamela is well-versed in business practices.  She handles all aspects of operations and management at Shana’s House, though her main focus is much deeper than making sure the day-to-day activities run smoothly.  As a mother of twin girls, she exhibits strong nurturing tendencies, providing empathy and care to residents who are in the various stages of their recovery.  Pamela has a deep commitment to the women at Shana’s House, having personally lived through the painful experience of loved ones struggling with their addictions.  Her strong organizational skills, leadership, and community-building talents offer the support residents need to achieve successful recovery and independence.

Claire Balducci, Case Manager
Claire has nearly three decades of addiction experience, which she draws upon daily to guide and coordinate clients through recovery at Shana’s House.  She provides positive coaching, role modeling, and mentoring for clients to help them achieve a successful life of sobriety and independent living. She is also the main point of contact for family members.  Claire graduated from the University of Miami for Drug and Alcohol Counseling Program.  

Alyssa Kassimis, Program Coordinator
Alyssa has been working in the substance abuse field for the last three years. She completed her associate's degree in Drug and Alcohol Counseling at Gateway Community College. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Social Work with a minor in Psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. With her anticipated graduation date of May 2018, Alyssa is beginning the application process to master's of Social Work programs.