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What is The Living Room?

The Living Room is a free, inviting space offered to residents in our local communities. We want to provide an alternative to Emergency Departments, by providing a safe, non-clinical space to adults, 18 years old and over, that are experiencing a mental health crisis or substance abuse.

The model recreates the living room in our homes by using comfortable furniture, soft colors, soft lighting, and inspiring artwork on the walls. This, along with reduced stimuli, should help Guests feel safe and at home. The space offers common areas where Guests can socialize with others, as well as private space where Guests can spend time by themselves or working with the team.

Visitors are referred to as “Guests” to reinforce the non-clinical aspect of our model. Hours for the Living Room are established based on local community needs; we work with Fire and Police Departments, as well as hospitals and crisis centers to identify hours when the need for mental health services is higher.

The program is free of cost to our Guests, and there is no need to have a mental health diagnosis to use the facility. The Living Room is staffed by Recovery Support Specialists to help lessen the stigma. Recovery Support Specialists are individuals that have a mental illness or another co-occurring disorder but have achieved a level of recovery that allows them to be of assistance to others. Using their own experiences, the Recovery Support Specialists will assist Guests in de-escalating the presenting crisis, establish short-term goals that respond to their specific situation and that are achievable; educate Guests on coping skills, and develop wellness plans to include other resources that may be available in the community at large.





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1916 North Main St. | Princeton, IL

613 West Marquette St. | Ottawa, IL

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PRINCETON | (815) 872-2943

OTTAWA | (815) 443-5160


We have chosen Ottawa as our second location to offer such a setting.

The Living Room of Ottawa

Recent data show that overdose numbers are increasing in LaSalle County. Arukah is opening the Ottawa Living Room to help those that are suffering from mental health or substance use crises.

The Living Room will have large communal spaces along with private spaces for 1-on-1 services. We anticipate many participants coming from working with the LaSalle County jail and court system. The Living Room can help provide “after care” for someone re-entering society. Like our Living Room in Princeton, folks will be able to walk into the Living Room to receive crisis support, social support or other basic resources like food, water, laundry, a hot shower, help with a job application, or help obtaining an ID card. Concerned parents or family members also use the Living Room to receive resources on how to navigate the situation with their loved one. A full-time psychiatrist on Arukah’s staff will be available to support any medical needs.

Please consider donating to help fund the one-time start-up costs for this critical community resource

The Ottawa Living Room project is supported in whole or in part by the State of Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Mental Health (DMH). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by DHS, DMH, or the State of Illinois Government.  

The Princeton Living Room project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $1,000,000 over 4 years, with 0% financed with non-governmental sources. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government. For more information, please visit HRSA.gov.

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Arukah brings accessible & relational holistic complementary health and mental health care to rural communities



1916 North Main St., Suite 3
Princeton, Illinois 61356

Open Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm

(815) 872-2943


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