Bright Spot Sober House for Women is a group of sober living homes that provide housing for women recovering from substance abuse. Opened in 2013 by Valerie Quintana—a recovering addict herself—Bright Spot now operates three sober houses in Minneapolis.
Accommodations and Amenities
Bright Spot’s three houses accommodate a total of 29 women. Each house is modern, with tasteful, thoughtful decor, and located in a quiet Minneapolis residential neighborhood.
Homes have a variety of both double- and single-occupancy bedrooms. One house sleeps eight with two shared bathrooms, another has nine beds and two baths, and the third can accommodate 12 women with three shared bathrooms. Residents begin their stay sharing a bedroom and then are permitted to move into single rooms as space becomes available.
Each Bright Spot house has a fully stocked kitchen with new fixtures and amenities as well as a dining room large enough for residents to share a communal meal. Clients are responsible for providing their own food and for preparing their meals. Living rooms are spacious with comfortable couches and a TV. Wi-Fi is also available throughout all of the houses.
All the homes have on-site laundry available but residents must provide their own detergent. Bright Spot provides bedding, linens and towels for clients.
Although Bright Spot homes do not have a live-in manager, the owner and manager regularly come by and check in with residents.
Rules and Regulations
Clients are required to attend at least three off-site 12-step meetings a week and be actively working the steps with a sponsor. Each home has a weekly meeting on Monday nights during which residents discuss any house or roommate issues. Bright Spot also requires women to perform chores and maintain tidy personal and shared spaces.
Residents must also complete a minimum of 20 hours of “productive time” each week that includes working, looking for employment, being actively involved in an outpatient program or volunteering in the local community.
Bright Spot encourages independence so residents are not required to sign in and out when they arrive home or leave the house. The houses do require a minimum four-month stay and clients are welcome to stay up to a maximum of a year.
For a client’s first month of residence, the house curfew is 10 pm on weeknights and midnight on the weekends. After the trial period, the curfew is extended to midnight on weeknights and 1 am on the weekends. Initially, residents are allowed to spend one night per week away from the home and then two overnights away per week after six weeks. Visitors are permitted only during designated visiting hours.
Bright Spot performs drug and Breathalyzer tests only when other residents or the manager suspect a resident has relapsed. All houses operate on a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to drug and alcohol use and residents who violate the policy must leave immediately.
Bright Spot’s homes are affordable and ideal for newly-sober women looking for both the structure of sober living and independence. This group of homes may not be the best fit for clients who have a history of relapse—the lack of a live-in manager and little-to-no oversight of daily comings-and-goings may prove too liberal for some.
Bright Spot Sober House For Women
4331 5th Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Bright Spot Sober House for Women Cost: $525 (30 days). Reach Bright Spot Sober House for Women at (612) 695-8811 or at [email protected].
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