Founded in Daytona Beach, Florida in 2009 by friends Kay Hayes and Janet White, Avenues 12 Recovery House provides sober living for women. Their mission is to provide clients a solid 12 step-based foundation for them to rebuild their lives, while working on independent living skills.
Accommodations and Amenities
During their stay, clients progress from a newcomer’s house to an advanced house, and finally into a 10-unit sober apartment. Every client, regardless of her sobriety date, starts out at the newcomer’s house. The two houses accommodate between 10 and 12 clients, while the apartment building lodges between nine and 12 women. At the first house, women share double or triple-occupancy rooms. The advanced house has doubles and a few singles. A double includes twin beds, a nightstand, lamp, a dresser and hanging artwork. There are 10 furnished apartments in the sober complex including two-bedroom, one-bedroom and studio units. All units have kitchens. The studios are reserved for clients who have more clean and sober time than the other women.
Clients are asked to bring personal hygiene items, a towel, a washcloth and two suitcases of clothing, a pillow and bed linens. Prescribed medication, excluding narcotics, is permissible. In the newcomer and advanced houses, each client pitches in $30 a week towards the purchase of groceries. Some clients qualify for food stamps, which help towards food cost. The women take turns preparing a family-style dinner in a fully equipped kitchen. Clients dine together between 5:30 and 6:30 pm seven days a week. In the apartments, clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Amenities include house computers, phone, laundry facilities and cable TV. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas. Each site has live-in staff.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients undergo a phone interview and an in-person assessment, prior to admission. Clients are referred to outpatient treatment or counseling, if necessary. At Avenues 12, the average length of stay is about two and a half years. Six months are spent between the first two houses, and the remaining time is at the apartment complex.
The first 30 days are a black-out period. During this time, clients must acquire sponsors and home groups. Other requirements include getting a job within 14 days or participating in community service from 9 am to 3 pm Mondays through Fridays. During the probation period, the curfew is 10 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and 11 pm Fridays and Saturdays. No overnights off the premises are allowed.
Clients must attend 90 meetings in 90 days. After that, attendance at five weekly 12-step meetings is required. After probation, clients consult with the house manager to determine their residential status. Women who have completed the requirements move into the advanced house. After six months, those in good standing are allowed to move into the sober apartment complex.
At Avenues 12, random drug and alcohol tests are conducted. Those who relapse are immediately evicted from the premises. As of February 1, 2016, the 30-day costs for the newcomers’ house is $508, the advanced house is $540, and the apartments are $560.
A majority of Avenues 12 alumni often sponsor newcomer clients.
Founder Kay Hayes was accepted in the National Association of Professional Women. Additionally, Avenues 12 is a member of FARR (Florida Association of Recovery Residences).
With Hayes at the helm, Avenues 12 Recovery House is a great place for newly clean and sober women to find their bearings, work their steps and become empowered in their lives. Staff is in tune with clients’ needs and committed to helping them improve the quality of their lives.
Avenues 12 Recovery House
204 South St
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Avenues 12 Recovery House Cost: $508-$560 (30 days) Reach Avenues 12 Recovery House by phone at (386) 265-4955, (888) 958-5718 or by email at [email protected]. Find Avenues 12 Recovery House on Facebook, Google+, YouTube and LinkedIn
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