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About Mrs. Wilson’s

Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House was founded as a private, non-profit organization in 1976 by three visionary women; Judy Knowlton, Ethel Finley and Doris Vandeven. These women saw a need for a residence that provides structure, discipline, guidance and support for women in early recovery from substance abuse.

The house takes its name from Lois Wilson, wife of Alcoholic's Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson. It is a home where women begin to learn to live life without alcohol or drugs. The Corporate name, Alfre, Inc., derives from the phrase "alcohol free", a condition the founders were striving to ensure.

First Halfway House in NJ

Mrs. Wilson's was the first transitional living facility of its kind in the State of New Jersey when opening our doors in 1976.

As a licensed treatment provider, Mrs. Wilson's provides comprehensive residential and outpatient services to women in recovery from substance abuse and co-occurring disorders.

These are women 18 years and older, who have been diagnosed with substance abuse and a secondary diagnosis of a mental health condition, such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, or an Eating Disorder, etc.


The licensed clinical staff at Mrs. Wilson's implements an evidence-based program of recovery designed to address the individual woman's physical, emotional, spiritual, and vocational needs. Emphasis is placed on the individual with the goal of empowering the woman to become an integral and successful part of the community.

Since opening its doors in 1976, Mrs. Wilson's has expanded the program to include Transitional Living, Family and Couples Counseling, Trauma Counseling, and Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient levels of care for women seeking recovery from addiction.

Lois Wilson, wife of Alcoholic's Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson - Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House and Drug Treatment Center for Women in Morristown, NJ
Lois Wilson, wife of Alcoholic's Anonymous co-founder Bill Wilson
Drawing of Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House and Drug Treatment Center for Women in Morristown, NJ
Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House - Circa 1976

Some of the success stories

The Mrs. Wilson’s Team

The Mrs. Wilson’s team is composed of dedicated women, whether the role is administrative, residential services, or clinical, the agencies’ mission and empowering those we serve is at the center of the services delivered.

The clinical team is composed of Licensed Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), Licensed Social Workers (LSW), Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselors (LCADC), Alcohol and Drug Counselor Interns, Registered Dietitian (RD), and Advance Practice Nurse (APN).

Executive Director - Counselor at Mrs. Wilson's Treatment Services for Women

Michelle Reyes

Jane Coyle - Counselor at Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House

Jane Coyle

Laura Michel - Counselor at Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House

Laura Michel

Tinamarie DeGeorge - Counselor at Mrs. Wilson's Treatment Services for Women

Tinamarie Marciano

Jessica Leo - Counselor at Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House

Jessica Leo

Mrs. Wilson’s Board of Directors


  • Barbara Colie, President
  • Paul Delaney, Vice President
  • Rosemary S. McGee, President Emeritus
  • Edra Shehaj, Treasurer
  • Jonathan F. Cohen, Secretary


  • Abigail Peters
  • Richard Gatward
  • Lindsay Hobson
  • Steve Lupton
  • Meghan Manning
  • Tina Marinaccio
  • Jim McCarthy
  • Mark Spelker

Executive Director

  • Michelle Reyes, MSW, LSW
Mrs. Wilson's Halfway House for treatment of drug addition and alcoholics.

Our Morristown NJ Location


Our mission at Mrs. Wilson’s is to provide compassionate, comprehensive treatment and housing for women who are seeking services for alcoholism, drug addiction, and co-occurring disorders.

We strive to provide quality services that facilitate their responsible and successful recovery and re-entry into the community.

Support the Mission


Mrs. Wilson's vision is to continue providing a welcoming and safe environment to the women and families we serve while enhancing our programs and services as to be of even greater influence and impact to our community. .

Alumni Overview

Careers & Internships

Mrs. Wilson’s welcomes graduate students and individuals who have completed their CADC course work from a recognized learning organization in need of a practicum or internship opportunity.

The following are required of students chosen for a practicum or intership position:

  • An affiliation agreement between Alfre Inc and your learning organization
  • A criminal background check conducted by our Human Resources Department
  • Proof of liability insurance ($1,000,000 per occurrence/$3,000,000 annual aggregate)
  • Proof of immunity to rubella, rubeola, and varicella
  • Proof of a negative, 2-Step PPD (TB Test) within the past year
  • Proof of a physical examination with 12 months of your start
  • Negative results on a urine drug screen administered by your healthcare professional

Please e-mail your resume to info@mrs-wilsons.org.

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