In 2012, the Claridon Township Trustees generously gave the use of a century home on Township property to a group of moms and Judge Stupica for a home for women in recovery provided they could bring the house up to code. The project was dormant for four years due to the lack of funding.
By 2016, some had lost daughters to the Opioid Epidemic and as awareness and statistics grew so did funding. The idea was revisited by the then Opiate Task Force and approved by the Township with the same stipulations. But upon further inspection and engineering roadblocks, it became clear the house was beyond repair. The Township again granted lease of the land to build a new structure. In time, however, it became evident that the restrictions of building on government property would hinder our progress.
In 2017, Many of those families stepped up support to help Red Tulip provide a safe, sober home in Geauga County with a longer recovery horizon. Those families became board members, ran fundraisers, managed and donated to the construction – none more heartfelt than the Dvorak Family.
In May of 2018, we began construction of the home on donated property just to the North of the original site. The generosity of the construction community was amazing with approximately 68.5% of the build was donated time and materials.
In 2019, The Monarch Meadow house opens to tenants. The home is a 2,400 sq. ft., three bedroom, three bath ranch. The residence provides housing for five women at a time including the resident lead tenant.
In 2020, several community outreach programs came to fruition as Red Tulip Beyond to expand our organization’s reach to more individuals in our community who may not be able to live in the Monarch Meadow house.