Transitions was founded in 1969 by a group of citizens concerned about the lack of addiction recovery services for Northern Kentucky’s less fortunate residents.
Three of the group’s most committed members were from the same family (Virginia, Margaret and Larry Droege). During 1969, the group gained some supporters and raised some money but it wasn’t enough to start a residential treatment program. The group often met in the living room of Virginia and Margaret Droege. Legend has it that, during one meeting in late 1969, Virginia looked at Margaret and said, “You know, we could start doing treatment services right here”. They moved in with relatives and donated their home to the cause.
The new agency was named Droege House, Inc. and the new program became Greater Cincinnati’s first non-medical residential treatment program for those with the disease of addiction.