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Peer Support & Transition

Directed by Larry Terk & Shawn Durnen

Nine9line Transition support program offers a variety of free classes to the community and Veterans, on topics such as Veteran culture, suicide prevention and awareness, and peer support. We also offer assistance to Veterans who are currently navigating the college or university realm. Our annual Symposium will offer many of these topics, plus more from dynamic public speakers. We strive to improve resources and provider skills to better serve our Veterans and families.

The idealism that all servicemen, women & their families deserve a bright future. Utilizing our own unique team of navigators to approach continued transition & support services to help during, and the outcomes warranted to all those who served.

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This program is an underlying theme with Nine9Line, reaching out to conduct one-on-one “Triage Development”, this will ensure the individual success of our clients, their families & the overall continued success of the program.


We are a community of women and men who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.

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The journey from service to civilian is a complicated one, to have to re-learn all the intricacies of life of every day is hard enough, but now with Nine9Line we have the ability for you to come in, sign up for your benefits & have it completed before you leave.

Mental health challenges often underlie addiction and many people manage their pain through substance abuse. This disproportionally hurts low-income and homeless women and men struggling with mental health challenges who often stop taking or lose access to medication, triggering substance abuse relapse, and lose access to housing, employment and health care services. Without sustained recovery from mental health challenges and addiction, accessing existing housing and social service providers can feel insurmountable.According to the National Institute of Health, recovering addicts need a foundation of at least two years sobriety to ensure long-term recovery. Peer Support & Transition provide this crucial support to women and men who want to rebuild their lives and break the cycle of homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges.

One-On-One Navigation

Through your endeavors, you will hit roadblocks, that where are one-on-one navigation comes into play. Dependents, service members, Veterans alike can receive help with.

was founded on the knowledge that every human being is precious and beloved regardless of past trauma, mental and emotional anguish, addictive behaviors or mistakes made. We provide a beautiful, safe, warm, drug and alcohol free space and loving community to anchor Members (our most closely-supported consumers) in the sustained recovery needed to gain and maintain access to housing, social and health services, healthy relationships, education and employment.

Our program is designed to help people maintain recovery, reduce relapse and fulfill their potential. Important elements of this work include:

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Innovation in Community Engagement and was recognized as an excellent example of how a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) works by experts from Washington State and King County studying the effectiveness community treatment models. And, in 2013, the program was the recipient of the Family Advocacy Award from the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

In 2014, we celebrated 10 years of trans formative and healing work, and concluded a successful capital campaign. Additionally, in partnership with Washington State and King County, Peer Support & Transition hosted the initial launch of the Washington Recovery Alliance, a statewide coalition formed to create a unified voice for recovery services in Olympia and advocate for systematic change.

Today, our nationally-recognized model centered on evidence-based best practices continues to break down the structures and systems that marginalize some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Although the programming and services offered at the Café has grown exponentially over the years, our mission remains steadfast – to be a part of ending the cycle of suffering, addiction and despair that has afflicted so many in our community and facilitate their healing and transformation to a life of stability, sobriety and service.

As we look to the future, we dream in every community across the United States struggling with addiction. To date, Peer Support & Transition has helped groups in Tacoma, WA and Everett, WA begin their own Program to respond to the needs in those cities.

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