Approximately 20 years ago, while working at Mariposa Lodge (all women facility), there was an Internal Survey conducted by the first Program Director of House on the Hill, Stephanie Graham Bianco. The survey simply asked,
“Would more mothers seek treatment if they were able to have their child[ren] with them?”
The facts/answers were overwhelming. There was a huge need to accommodate the parenting woman while in her own recovery from drugs and alcohol. And so it was, the original “House on the Hill” came to be. We housed 8 women and 8 children beginning on November 1, 1994 in a ranch style home (3,025 sq ft.) above Mariposa Lodge in South San Jose.
As word spread of the success of House on the Hill, the lack of space soon became a problem; we needed more beds! With much planning and the help of philanthropists Joe Parisi, John Sobrato and many more caring individuals, the now-called “Parisi House on the Hill” emerged.