FODA was founded by Caroline Folker, mother of Kathrine Ellen Folker who died in August of 2015 at nineteen years of age from an accidental heroin overdose, after a short battle with substance use disorder that she fought with courage and dignity. Kathrine was a thrill-seeking snow bunny who swam with sharks, enjoyed sushi and protected those that needed protection whether from either bullying or food insecurity, Kathrine took care of those who needed it. She earned her CNA nursing license and worked in a nursing home and rehab center. Kathrine fought against her demons and sought help by entering a rehab center voluntarily for alcoholism. Kathrine was a daughter with a deep, limitless love for her mother, possessing a bond that has never changed.
Oxford House is a concept in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. In its simplest form, an Oxford House describes a self-supporting and drug free home. There are houses for men, houses for women, and houses which accept women with children.
Each House represents a remarkably effective and low cost method of preventing relapse. This was the purpose of the first Oxford House established in 1975, and this purpose is served, day by day, house after house, in each of over 2000 houses in the United States today.