Womans Recovery

Shown above is the Orenda Center for Wellness, a residential substance abuse recovery program located near Sabillasville in northern Frederick County. The owners are shown in one of the residential rooms and include, from left: Nicole Tabbachino, Darian Harwood and Kelsea Kephart.

Set back on 18 acres and overlooking lush green hills of Sabillasville sits The Orenda Center of Wellness, a substance abuse and mental health treatment center.

The inpatient facility for women held its open house Saturday with plans to open its door to clients in August.

The owners of the Orenda Center of Wellness also operate an outpatient facility on West Patrick Street in downtown Frederick

The inpatient home in Sabillasville will serve women with multiple programs such as medication management, psychiatric evaluations, individual, group and family psychotherapy and equine-facilitated psychotherapy.

The center, which was co-founded by Kelsea Kephart, Nicole Tabbachino and Darian Harwood, has 14 bathrooms, 12 bedrooms and 26 beds.

The home also boasts a yoga and meditation room, a recreation room, five common areas, a nurses office off of the dining area and two suites with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a living room.

The grounds include a 90-by-90 foot garden, two on-site horses, a walking trail around the property, a fire pit and a playground for when children come to visit, according to Tabbachino.

The facility will also offer vocational tracks such as gardening, cooking, tech and communications.

“We will have a different approach,” said Kephart. “We are really incorporating the wellness aspect. We’ll have trauma-informed yoga and a garden where we will be teaching them how to sustain themselves and how therapeutic gardening is.”

The 15,000-square-foot center also includes about five staff members, including a psychiatrist licensed in addiction medicine, a clinical director who is also a licensed counselor, licensed therapists and direct care workers. There is also a licensed dietitian who approves all of the meals as well as an on-site chef, according to Harwood. They hope to grow to 20 staff members.

“There is not another facility like ours,” Kephart said. “The level of treatment that we provide, there are no women’s facilities in Frederick County that are at this level of care for just women.”

She said there are other inpatient facilities for both men and women but none that are strictly for women.

“And we’ll be the first in Frederick County to have partial hospitalization,” Tabbachino added.

The partial hospitalization program will allow clients to meet at the outpatient facility during the week to receive medical, psychological and toxicology services as well as group and individual therapy. The program also allows clients to receive life skills, career and vocational training, relapse prevention and coping skills.

The home cost $700,000, according to Kephart. The three women then spent about $100,000 for new floors, paint, furniture and fixtures. All of the dressers in the bedrooms were donated by Hilton Hotels, according to Tabbachino.

It’s quiet, serene and tucked away from day-to-day distractions, but Kephart admitted the location wasn’t their first choice.

“Our real estate agent dragged us here unwillingly,” she said. “But we came and just saw how beautiful and tranquil it is. It was set up exactly for what we needed. We felt super at peace ourselves here so we knew that when people came here to start their lives again that this would be somewhere that would motivate them to do that.”

Even though the women found the venture difficult to accomplish, they took the risk anyway knowing that it’s more important to help people.

“We feel really lucky, we feel very blessed to be able to help people,” Tabbachino said. “We noticed the need and we decided to take initiative to find a way to fix that.”

For more information, head to theorendacenter.com.

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