House of Sophrosyne Empowering Women

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About Us

The House of Sophrosyne is a charitable organization that has been active in Windsor-Essex for 35 years, providing programs and services to women and their families who are battling substance misuse. Founded in 1978, the House of Sophrosyne offers community and residential programs to help women struggling with substance abuse. The house takes in female clients for 35 days at a time.

The group’s name comes from Greek mythology: Sophrosyne was the goddess of discretion, temperance, and moderation.

The House of Sophrosyne’s stated philosophy is to empower women’s lives with wisdom and balance.

Our People

The staff at the House of Sophrosyne is comprised of competent, highly trained people that are focused on providing excellent service and care for clients. It is through their dedication and commitment that we are able to deliver successful treatment services to the clients we support.

Our Board of Directors bring an exceptional and diverse set of skills, experience and commitment. Our staff and Board of Directors work together to empower women through their recovery.

Karen Waddell
Executive Director
Doris Stillman
Program Director
Rendia Bechard
Business Administrator
Myrna Bustard
Executive Assistant

Karen Waddell

Executive Director


Welcome to the House of Sophrosyne. I am Karen Waddell, the Executive Director. I am proud to say I have been employed by the House of Sophrosyne for 10 years. I have held various management positions in the past but can say none have been as rewarding as my role here at the House. I work with a team of very competent managers and highly trained staff that are truly dedicated to helping those individuals requiring our services.

I graduated from the University of Windsor with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. I hold many years of experience in a management role. I also bring addiction knowledge and experience from a more personal level; having a sibling who battled addiction for many years.

As the Executive Director, my primary role is to ensure our clients are receiving the quality of care they have come to expect from the House of Sophrosyne. We have been providing addiction programs to women and their families since 1978. Since that time, the House of Sophrosyne has made great strides in both improving and expanding our services to meet the needs of those we serve. We provide a continuum of care that is built on best practices using a holistic, gender specific and harm reduction approach. The House of Sophrosyne is second to none when it comes to providing addiction services and our uniqueness is what sets us apart from other centres across the province.

Please read further about the House of Sophrosyne as well as watch the testimonials of what women who have used our services as saying about the care they have received. Let your journey into recovery begin with the House of Sophrosyne.

Doris Stillman

Program Director


Doris Stillman has worked as the Program Director at the House of Sophrosyne since January 2012. Before that Doris worked at the House of Sophrosyne starting in April of 2010 in varying positions. There she gained knowledge and respect for the journey the women at the House travel. It is at the House of Sophrosyne where Doris has seen what true courage, determination and hope are all about, she sees women every day fighting to find their true selves.

Doris has a background in nursing and worked as a nurse for 10 years in Nova Scotia. While at the House of Sophrosyne she went back to school to take a refresh program for her nursing so she could be registered in the province of Ontario. She uses her nursing skills daily as she helps to meet the needs of the women in Program.

Doris worked for the Salvation Army for 25 years. 15 of these years she served as a pastor in the Salvation Army serving in Weyburn, Sk., Moose Jaw, Sk. and Windsor, ON.  The next position she held while working for the Salvation Army was Program Director of the Residential Addiction Treatment Program for men where she worked for 10 years. While working for the Salvation Army, Doris obtained her ICADC certification and her BA. Doris has always had a passion to work with people who are in need whether physically, emotionally, spiritually, or mentally. In working with those in need she desires others see the best in themselves and become healed. In working with the amazing team at the House of Sophrosyne and seeing women come from all over Ontario she is able to see those things she is passionate about realized in the lives of others.

Rendia Bechard

Rendia Bechard


“I feel incredibly fortunate to witness the amazing transformation in women empowering themselves to rise above hardships and give of their strengths to their children and community.”

Rendia’s educational background (Advertising/Business & Human Resource Management) and love for details has offered non profits both a sound financial voice as well as strong leadership skills.

Rendia provides the House of Sophrosyne exceptional non profit administration and customer service skills, with over ten progressive years of experience in both fields. Her analytical eye often results in cost savings and efficiencies necessary in operating within today’s small non profit budgets and dwindling funding sources. Rendia has over ten years’ experience in coordinating non profit events and sits as a Management member of the Fundraising Committee.

Rendia has experience in developing and delivering comprehensive orientation and health and safety programs. Rendia participates in WPS Safety Groups Program, which is highly regarded by WSIB and in the Health and Safety field. Rendia sits as the Management Member of the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Rendia has a passion for and excels in languages and is currently completing a French as a Second Language Certificate. Rendia serves as the Management member of the French Language Services Committee, which strives to achieve a solid delivery of French Language Services.

When Rendia has spare time, she can be found writing in a quiet corner, she would love to complete a children’s story as well as a novel. She also enjoys outdoor activities as the sun and fresh air rejuvenates and boosts her energy.

Myrna Bustard

Executive Assistant


Myrna joined the team at the House of Sophrosyne in November 2014. She has acquired a very strong skill set both in office administration and customer service.

Her career path has progressed through the education system and several professional office settings where she has developed her abilities in fast paced, excellence driven environments.

Myrna serves as the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director. She brings a positive presence in the work place and is pleased to provide support to Karen Waddell, Executive Director and the Board of Directors.

The House of Sophrosyne is making a significant difference in so many women’s lives and the impact is far reaching. Myrna is proud to be a part of such a great organization.

On a personal note, Myrna takes great pleasure in spending time with family, enjoying the outdoors, reading, cooking, baking, music and playing board games.

Importance to the region

Windsor-Essex has been identified by the government as a “hot spot” for providing care to vulnerable women such as those we serve each and every day. This means that our region has one of the largest populations of “high users” of health care.

Thousands of households have been impacted by lay-offs and loss of income, which has also resulted in high demands on addiction and mental health services.
The need to respond quickly to those with addictions has been overwhelming for clients and health providers. Attributed to the unique specialized services we provide, we have a four month wait for women entering program. Among our priorities for the future are increasing the number of beds and reducing wait times once relocated into our larger facility. The House of Sophrosyne is respected both in the region and the province for its quality of care. We provide a safe therapeutic environment, while eliminating unnecessary strains on emergency rooms at local hospitals. Our “home away from home” allows those who are experiencing a hardship to receive the care they need, for themselves and their families.

The needs of women and families in the region have changed since we first opened our doors in 1978. We are hoping that people and businesses throughout Windsor-Essex will embrace this vision.

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