Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living to Combat Drug and Alcohol Addiction
To provide comprehensive services for men working toward alcohol recovery including those who have been incarcerated for alcohol-related crimes, with an effort to reintegrate them into the community as productive citizens. Our mission also includes a special effort to reach veterans who are recovering from alcohol addiction and to help them reintegrate into the community.
The purpose of Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living – House of Friends is to provide an efficient, structured, safe, friendly and financially self-sustaining environment in which men can work toward recovery from alcohol addiction.
Participants receive instruction, counseling and coaching to attain specific job and life skills that facilitate their ability to become employable, self-reliant and self-sufficient members of society. Male veterans can learn how to manage their unique issues, while building support systems necessary to achieve and maintain sobriety.
Our purpose and goal is to provide the best possible living conditions so that all our participants have the very best opportunity to leave unhealthy behaviors and actions behind.
The Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living Board of Directors believes that people can learn to live alcohol and crime free lives, allowing them to return to society with purpose and integrity.
Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living helps its residents to heal physically and mentally while rebuilding their lives and continually striving to create and recreate a sense of community in our homes. Residents receive all the comforts of a fully furnished home, including a bedroom, a shared kitchen, dining area, living room, laundry facility and wifi for computer access.
Nightly meetings help residents track their progress towards their goals, build relationships of trust among other residents and program staff, support their efforts to attain employment and support their participation in drug and alcohol recovery programs. The residents are responsible for paying $500.00 monthly. This must be done in a timely manner to instill financial responsibility. This requirement helps them to become more accountable to themselves, their immediate circle and to society. Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living will seek funding to help those residents who initially are unable to pay this fee.
A primary goal of Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living is to reduce the recidivism rate among our participants. To achieve this goal, efforts are focused to individual improvement in three areas:
1. We keep recovery from alcohol abuse issues a central focus of our mission.
2. We work to foster a sense of community and family by having our residents get to know one another and work on an inter-personal level.
3. We provide residents with tools to become financially and socially self-sufficient in the work place and society.
The house structure is that of a home, however, in order for the residents to be successful, there are policies and procedures enforced to create a safe, structured and sober living environment. The house is supervised by a house manager. Relationships with the house manager are based upon trust, bonding and shared experiences. Each resident has rights and responsibilities as follows:
1. Zero tolerance policy for non-compliance with house rules
2. A safe and supportive group atmosphere
3. Participation in peer group meetings at the home
4. Weekly 12 Step meetings in-house
5. Instruction, counseling and coaching to attain specific job and life skills that facilitate their ability to become employable, self-reliant and self-sufficient
1. A willingness and readiness to no longer continue their former lifestyle and to learn healthier ways of life
2. Willingness to participate fully in conversations to discover new or different ways of behavior
3. Participation in group meetings and activities
4. Openness to trust others and believe that the Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living and its Board of Directors have beneficial life skills to offer in support of their recovery
5. The determination to live in a sober living home and work towards their goals
6. A commitment to being a team player by performing the daily chores and responsibilities of maintaining a clean and organized home
The Dorothy Day Home of Sober Living is not an institution. It is a home that provides an efficient, structured, safe, friendly and fiscally sound environment in which men can continually strive toward recovery from alcohol addiction.