Barb Williamson is both a member of and an advocate for the recovery community. Her passion for providing affordable, clean, comfortable and safe recovery and sober homes stems from her personal experience as well as her genuine desire to serve those in need of assistance with the drug and alcohol recovery process. This mission is apparent in the quality of her homes and the moralistic attitude behind her business practices. She makes it clear that she works for the benefit of individuals seeking a new way of life rather than monetary profits.
With the roots of her own recovery in Greater Philadelphia, Barb strives to serve this community and members of it in any way possible. Keeping in close, personal contact with her residents and the community in order to provide support and guidance is an essential part of Way of Life’s success. This level of individualized care and support helps to ensure the recovery of Way of Life’s residents and the successful integration of recovering persons and the organization into the community.
Barb’s above and beyond approach to the care and growth of her residents has caused her to not only immaculately maintain her facilities but to provide access to sources of employment, gym facilities and a wide range of recreational activities. Her approach to sober and recovery housing is focused on providing her residents whole-person care and support.
Barb’s commitment to recovering persons, the community at large, and safe and comfortable sober living has been well recognized by her peers and the news media. Fox29, Billy Penn, the Courier Times, and others have lauded Barb and Way of Life’s dedication to helping stabilize individuals and offering long-term support. This, despite the often uphill battle Barb fights vigorously to ensure recovering person’s access to quality care and amenities. Way of Life’s Morrell Park home was praised by a Philadelphia fire inspector who called it “the nicest recovery house he’d ever seen” and “nicer than his own home, just down the block in the same neighborhood”. Most recently, Barb was recognized by Women Entrepreneurs and 40 under 40.
Barb takes great pride in Way Of Life and is thrilled to have established such a strong presence in the community that means so much to her. She plans to use this presence to hustle hope for years to come.
Jim is the owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC), a 250,000 square foot lifestyle facility established in 1978 and located on 22 acres in Newtown, PA. In 1981, after earning a Bachelor’s degree from West Chester University and working as a racquetball pro and club manager, Jim took on an ownership role at the NAC. His oversight has the lead to the NAC being recognized as a Top 100 Club in America for the past 20 years.
As a 38-year industry veteran and member of the International Health Racquetball and Sports Association since its inception, Jim has contributed to countless industry publications and now serves on the IHRSA Board of Directors. He has pioneered club concepts including bundling membership fees, membership integration initiatives, and all-inclusive programming. Jim also founded the Delaware Valley Alliance of Health and Sports Clubs and the NAC Have a Heart Foundation which oversees the MyRightToTryNow.com advocacy work to help terminally ill patients receive FDA Phase 2 & 3 potentially life-saving trial drugs earlier.
Jim’s years of leadership and innovation in operations, management, and health and wellness services make him uniquely qualified to ensure the Way of Life mission of “providing a supportive, more affordable, and safe environment for rehabilitation–helping residents achieve a happy, healthy, sober lifestyle”.
Nichole joined the Way of Life staff in October 2016. Nichole boasts a social work degree from West Chester University along with wide-ranging training in drug and alcohol, mental health, case management, and motivational interviewing. She has been employed with Juvenile Probation for nine years where she has worked with young adults, individuals, and families using an eclectic approach tailored to the unique needs of each client. Nichole has experience in a variety of settings, understands the inner workings of the drug and alcohol system, and has worked with diverse clients, including both long-term and brief interventions.
In addition to her many abilities listed above Nichole brings an energy and motivation that is an inspiration to those around her. Her knowledge and her passion rubs off on anyone working with her creating a team environment with everyone focused and motivated to provide the best services to all her clients.
Empowering individuals to overcome personal obstacles to enhance their recovery. Using clinically tested and evidenced-based interventions, our therapist has worked in the addiction field since 2010. Our therapy sessions are conducted biweekly for one hour. Our therapist is a certified drug and alcohol counselor both in Pennsylvania and Internationally, has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Millersville University, and offers relationship, trauma and addiction counseling utilizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Marriage and family therapists are recognized as a “core” mental health profession, along with psychiatry, psychology, social work and psychiatric nursing. Our marriage and family therapist brings 15 years of experience in the substance abuse field. She possesses two master’s degrees; the first in education from Widener University and the second in marriage and family therapy from La Salle University. She is a dedicated and compassionate therapist who strives to help restore and build healthy relationships for all families.
Susan Daley is the general manager of women’s housing. Susan also works as personal assistant to the President, a medical assistant, and is currently nearing completion of the education required to qualify for the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) Credential – a credential that recognizes the work of recovering individuals in the provision of recovery support services in assisting others in accessing and sustaining recovery from Substance Use Disorders. She graduated from Interboro high in 2006 and CHI in 2010. Additionally, Susie works closely with our therapist and social worker in supporting all of our residents, both male and female.
Phillip Williams, a graduate of Drexel University, is a person in long-term recovery. Following treatment for substance abuse, Phillip excelled in Way of Life’s sober living program. Recognizing Philip’s potential, Way of Life offered, and Philip accepted, the position of house manager. Over the next year, Phillip managed one of the organization’s “Phase 1” houses for drug addicts and alcoholics new to recovery. In addition, Philip assisted in developing Way of Life’s individualized aftercare program and training additional managers. Now Director of Operations, Philip helps to ensure that Way of Life and its residents continue to enjoy lasting success and sobriety.