The Last Stop “clubhouse” is a recovery center based in Kensington, Philadelphia: a neighborhood known for its role in the nation’s growing heroine epidemic. As an old-fashioned, tough-love, cold-turkey center, The Last Stop provides treatment with a heavy dose of religion and a hot meal and bed, if needed. In February 2019, the center was hit with a $1.7 million lawsuit due to violations of Philadelphia’s zoning codes. If forced to shut down, hundreds of people in recovery would be losing a “safe space.” As Rob, a former patron and current employee of the center, sums it up, “The Last Stop is not just a building. People that come to the center have two choices for their life: do something or die… If they were to close this place down, a lot more people would die.”

Published by WHYY in February 2019.