For over fifty years, New Hope Manor has made a positive difference in thousands of women’s lives along with many of their children. Our diverse staff, both former and current, have contributed to the success of the program and joined together in a firm commitment to our shared mission.
New Hope Manor was founded by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in 1970 in Garrison, NY when Father Dan Egan, known as “The Junkie Priest,” arrived with two women from New York City’s Village Haven.
Fr. Egan’s work with addicted women began in 1952, when he was preaching in a church in Manhattan and saw a troubled woman. She was addicted to narcotics and in need of help. He telephoned several hospitals in the city, he recalled later, but none would take her. ”She was considered a criminal,” he said.
So, Fr. Egan, a Franciscan Friar of the Atonement, became a certified alcohol and drug abuse counselor and a chaplain of Narcotics Anonymous. In 1962, he founded Village Haven, a halfway house for women who were addicted to drugs, in Greenwich Village. Before long, 8 or 10 women a week, most of them newly released from jail, were going to Village Haven for help.