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About Nikki's House

 

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Nikki’s House is a small eight-bed recovery home in Northeast Ohio. We provide a structured, healthy sober-living environment for women impacted by the disease of addiction. We encourage our residents in forming connections within the larger recovery community to assist them in achieving long-term sobriety. This includes attending at least four Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous Meetings a week, finding a sponsor, working the 12 steps, daily meditation and prayer. Residents are also required to complete all axillary recovery programs including intensive outpatient programs, aftercare, drug court and day reporting.

Our staff lives in the home to keep everyone focused and safe. We offer the following exclusive features to help women learn to live a life of long-term sobriety:

  • Recovery-based peer activities

  • Positive social environment

  • Fellowship opportunities

  • Quiet/Meditation area

  • Workout area

  • Family garden

  • Laundry area

  • Support from local clergy

  • Random drug-testing

  • Service work opportunities

  • Referrals and support for employment, re-entry and educational activities


Nikki’s House has been in operation since 2017. We have had success. Currently, we have women completing trade school, high school and obtaining gainful employment. Our length-of- stay statistics are impressive. Women can stay as long as they want at Nikki’s House, if they remain clean and sober and if they are making strides towards maintaining productive lives. Please contact us (link to contact us) to schedule an appointment to meet with our dedicated, caring staff. We look forward to being a part of your journey to long-term recovery.

 

The Staff

 
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Nicole M. Wesley

Founder

Nicole Wesley has been working in the field of mental illness and addiction since 1996. After graduating from Northwestern University, Nicole worked for a case management organization in Chicago where she serviced women and children living in the city’s public housing developments. She then worked for Bobby E. Wright Community Mental Health Clinic as a mental health specialist focused on children and adolescence with behavioral and trauma issues.
Nicole worked for two public relations companies in their pharmaceutical departments. Her clients included Pharmacia, AstraZeneca, Sugen and Pfizer. In 2001, Nicole became an in-house public relations manager for Abbott Laboratories where she managed their HIV, cardiovascular, psychiatric and pain drugs (including Vicodin, Dilaudid, and Oxycontin).
During this time, Nicole worked part-time at Hartgrove Psychiatric Hospital in Chicago as a mental health specialist. She worked on the women’s unit providing case management, counseling and support.
In 2010, Nicole obtained her Master of Science in Healthcare Administration and Management from Rosalind Franklin University. While in graduate school, Nicole worked full-time at Loretto Hospital on their psychiatric and drug and alcohol units.
Nicole then went on to medical school at the University of Medicine and Health Science, while simultaneously attending Davenport University’s MBA program. Nicole is working towards obtaining a residency in psychiatry with a focus on addiction medicine.

 

Irma J. Wesley

Founder

Irma Wesley worked as a supervisor at Delphi Packard Electric and retired in 1998. Irma and her late husband Thomas J. Wesley purchased the land on which Nikki’s House resides with money Irma made as a hair salon owner in 1977. After retiring from Delphi, Irma started her own business as a caregiver for the elderly and continues to perform these duties part-time. She also provides nurturing and loving support to the residents of not only Nikki’s House but also other women in recovery throughout the city.

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Carrie Law Gustafson

House Manager

Carrie graduated from Messiah College in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. She obtained her Certified Public Accountant certification in 2005, and worked as an auditor for a regional Pennsylvania CPA firm for 9 years. The sober living environment afforded by Nikki's House brought Carrie to Ohio in 2018. She lived as a resident of Nikki's House for 18 months and now serves as House Manager. Carrie is a certified Peer Recovery Supporter in the state of Ohio.