Research has shown that the longer a newly recovering person remains engaged in treatment and in a supportive, structured, recovery-oriented environment, the better their chances at long-term abstinence. As a result, The Gate House has helped to develop, and manages, gender-separate recovery residences in Lancaster County. Residents may stay for up to one year, while working toward independent living. Residents participate in weekly house meetings and perform household chores as part of a community living environment, and learn to navigate the challenges of early recovery with the help of live-in peer support.

Our recovery residences offer

  • Safe, supportive, and affordable housing
  • Structured living with an emphasis on personal responsibility
  • Support of a 12-step recovery program
  • Continued engagement in treatment, either at The Gate House or another outpatient provider
  • Close monitoring by the live-in Resident Manager
  • Oversight by clinical staff at The Gate House

Recovery Environments, Inc. (REI) is a non-profit organization that offers transitional recovery residences for women and men across beautiful Lancaster County. REI is managed and overseen by The Gate House.

All of our locations are zoning compliant and we take the most professional measures in our safety features.  All of our residences are located in quality communities convenient to bus stops, 12 step meetings, local businesses, grocery stores, and other supportive services.  Our residences are equipped with cable, phone and high speed wireless internet.  Each residence has a live-in house manager and a full-time, on-call coordinator.  We also provide supplemental food, cleaning products, bedding, kitchen appliances, washer/dryer, and transportation to house activities.

REI encourages all residents to be active in a 12 step fellowship by regularly attending meetings, obtaining a sponsor and attending recovery oriented events.  We also promote unity and a sense of family in all our residences by having monthly dinners, bowling nights, game nights, holiday parties and other group activities.  We hope that our residents can once again engage in hobbies and activities that they enjoyed prior to their addiction and find their sense of self in their new recovery.

Residents of Capitol Area Counties (Dauphin, Lancaster, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon) may be eligible for a partial scholarship for their first two months in the residence.

To see if a transitional recovery residence is a good fit for you and your recovery process, please contact our REI Coordinator, Lori at 717-471-0627 or via email at