Men between the ages of 18 and 24 comprise the largest population of addicts in the country. Yet few halfway houses provide services and a social, supportive environment just for them. Nick’s Place offers exactly that: a safe and sober home for young men who have completed an addiction treatment program and need an emotionally and physically supportive environment in which to restart their lives. Nick’s was built specifically for young men, and its long term of stay (12 months) and small population (six residents) means each client gets the time and attention necessary for a full recovery. The cornerstones are the 12-step Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous programs, and structure is essential: all residents must maintain employment, complete household chores, abide by a curfew, and participate in group meetings and relapse prevention workshops. All residents come together for a nightly, family-style dinner to talk about their struggles, fears, goals and successes – in an atmosphere that encourages friendship. After all, triumph over addiction is what Nick’s Place is all about.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Young adult (18-24)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys

Awards & Recognition

Rhea McVicker, founder and executive director was awarded one of four Local Hero Awards on November 10th, by the Bank of America Foundation for her work in the community.

Nick's Place was chosen by the Capital Area Food Bank to receive a food credit grant in 2011-2012.


  • For young men in addiction recovery, a meal makes a difference
    Fri Oct 20 2017, WUSA 9  
    Getting real, getting past the stigma, and getting in the kitchen is delivering young men from the brink of death back to life.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Nick's Place is: Less than $500k

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