A network of transitional housing facilities spread across four states, Carla Vista provides sober living homes for both men and women in recovery, specializing in a younger demographic. In Colorado, they have four gender-specific houses—two for women in Aurora and two for men in Colorado Springs. By providing tools for a lasting recovery, Carla Vista works to ensure that clients are equipped to join their vast sober alumni community.
Accommodations and Amenities
One of the two Carla Vista sober homes for women in Aurora accommodates 10 residents in a two-story house with five double-occupancy bedrooms. The other offers six shared bedrooms with a maximum occupancy of 12. Rather than providing private bedrooms, Carla Vista staff believe that grouping residents together is more beneficial—clients are able to avoid isolating themselves and develop accountability with their roommates. Each of the Aurora homes has two large common areas that serve as space for in-house meetings and socializing.
The two homes for men in Colorado Springs offer a similar arrangement to the women’s homes—both are two-story with five dual-occupancy bedrooms providing space for a total of 10 residents in each.
All Carla Vista’s Colorado homes are on safe, evergreen tree-lined streets in residential neighborhoods, have large backyards and are close to community AA/NA meetings, employment opportunities and a gym. Communal TVs with cable channels and DVD players are provided for residents to enjoy during their down time. Computers and office space with Wi-Fi are also available for residents to look for employment and stay connected with loved ones. A landline for local calls is also provided.
The kitchens are fully outfitted with newer appliances and cooking supplies are provided. Food is included in the monthly rent but residents with specific dietary needs are welcome to bring their own food. A washer and dryer is available for residents to do laundry and there’s an extra storage room for belongings. Plenty of parking is available in garages as well as along the residential streets. Bus lines are easily accessible from each home.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, potential residents undergo a background screening to ensure Carla Vista is a good match for them. Residents must be at least 18 years old and have some prior sobriety through treatment in either an outpatient or inpatient facility. If a potential client is not deemed ready for one of their sober living homes, Carla Vista refers them to facilities in nearby cities.
Men and women must make 90-day commitments to residency but are welcome to stay until they feel ready to seek more permanent housing. Sobriety is strictly enforced while living at Carla Vista and relapse is grounds for eviction. Residents are randomly and regularly screened with drug and Breathalyzer tests.
All residents are required to participate in 12-step programs. Daily meetings are enforced, including two in-house 12-step meetings with a featured alumni speaker and two all-house meetings. Finding a home group and a sponsor is required as an essential part of addressing the core issues behind substance abuse. All residents must have a service commitment at one of their meetings, preferably their home group.
Since Carla Vista serves a young demographic of recovering adults, residents are encouraged to participate in the fellowship aspect of the program by going out to dinner, seeing movies and participating in other sober activities with young AA members. Visitors are permitted at Carla Vista homes but overnight guests are not.
During their first two weeks of residency, clients are expected to find a full-time job, enroll in school or arrange a volunteer commitment that they maintain for the duration of their stay. There is a rotating list of house chores and curfew is 11 pm nightly.
Clients of the Carla Vista homes can stay active during their residence with a free gym membership. In addition, Carla Vista hosts an annual Super Bowl—a communal tag-football tournament attended by current residents and alumni from throughout their sober home network. Other sponsored activities include Capture the Flag tournaments, sober summer softball leagues and kickball games.
Carla Vista is an expansive network of affordable sober living homes that attract young adults in recovery. With a firm foundation in the 12 steps, a structured living routine and a focus on fellowship, clients are given the opportunity to develop a sober lifestyle and a supportive community. Clients with an interest in outdoor activities will be particularly well-suited to one of the four Colorado gender-specific transitional living options.
Carla Vista (Colorado) Location
745 N Gilbert Rd, Ste 124
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Carla Vista (Colorado) Cost
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