Located in Oxnard, California, Champion House provides Christian faith-based sober living for men in recovery. Pastor Glen Shorter who is Champion House’s new residential manager provides spiritual mentoring and practical advice. Champion House aims to provide emotional and spiritual aid, so that clients can feel like they are part of a loving family, something they might have missed out on while they were drinking or using.
Accommodations and Amenities
Champion House is a historic McGrath Beach residence that has two houses on a half acre property. Built in 1908, the house accommodates ten clients. Presently, there are four men living in the back house and five residing in the main structure.
The main house has an inviting living room furnished with a beige loveseat, a leather couch and a traditional coffee table and side table. Lamps provide soft lighting, which lends a warm ambiance to the room. The kitchen and dining room tables are equally cozy, and both rooms have vintage tables with matching chairs. The house has a large backyard with trees, a deck, and patio. Additionally, the house has a computer and Internet.
At Champion House, no more than two clients share a room, with the belief that clients need to experience a sense of freedom, which is important to recovery. Clients purchase their own groceries and prepare their own meals. For low income clients, referrals to low cost food stores and food banks are provided.
Rules and Regulations
Clients are admitted on a case-by-case basis. At Champion House, potential clients must value their recovery above all else, and must exhibit a desire to learn basic family values and morals. Shorter works closely with clients, and helps them determine the amount of weekly 12-step meetings that they should attend. At Champion House, the minimum weekly requirement is two AA/NA meetings. Clients must chose and actively maintain a working relationship with a sponsor of their own choosing.
Weekly requirements include performing household chores, attending a Friday night service at New Life Christian church and being at house meetings. Participation in an onsite biweekly Thursday night 6:30 pm Bible study is encouraged, but not mandatory. Completion of monthly progress reports is obligatory. Shorter conducts many meetings with clients, and is on hand to provide direction. During the first 30 days, the curfew is nine pm. In some cases, clients are given a 7 pm curfew. After 30 days, those in good standing adhere to an 11 pm curfew seven days a week. Clients are encouraged to find work, participate in community service and be kind and of service to others.
At Champion House, random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. While zero tolerance is usually the policy here, clients who are straightforward and tell Shorter that they relapsed are potentially given a second chance, depending on their circumstances and emotional state of mind. Shorter believes that there often is an underlying issue that causes clients to relapse, and men should be given a second chance. This is provided that they get back on the right track, and that their relapse is not a threat to the safety of the household.
Champion House is a member of the Sober Living Network, Ventura County Sober Living Coalition.
Shorter really cares about his clients, and will go out on a limb for them. Additionally, former residents have said that Champion House provided them with invaluable tools to rebuild their lives, while they stayed clean and sober. This house is a perfect venue for a client who is looking to find a faith-based family-style setting that practices what it preaches.
205 South F Street
Oxnard, CA 93030
Champion House Cost: $525-$580 (30 days). Reach Champion House by phone at (805) 901-8162 or by email at [email protected].
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