Come Straight Home is a sober living organization for adult women. Founded in 2007 by Jennifer Diederich—a recovering addict herself—it now operates four houses in the St. Paul, Minnesota area. Priding itself as “designed for women in recovery by women in recovery,” Come Straight Home aims to help women live spiritually grounded and productive lives.
Accommodations and Amenities
All four houses—1510 Summit House, Grand House, Farrington House and Holly House—are located in quiet, upscale residential neighborhoods with easy access to public transportation. Houses have laundry facilities on-site and cleaning supplies, soap and paper products are included in the price of rent.
The 1510 Summit House is a restored mansion located in a historic district of St. Paul. This stately home has a covered front porch with comfortable outdoor seating, four shared bedrooms and one single that is reserved for the live-in house manager. There are three shared bathrooms and a spacious living room with a fireplace and comfortable seating. The house has contemporary furniture and there are hardwood floors and built-in storage throughout.
Grand House is also a restored historical home with similar decor to Summit House. There is a covered porch and landscaped walkway and clients live in comfortable surroundings with hardwood floors. The kitchen has new appliances and is fully stocked with all supplies needed for residents to prepare their own meals. There are three bedrooms with single beds, one of which is reserved for the live-in manager.
Farrington House is a renovated 1910 Victorian home with an enclosed sun porch. There are two single-occupancy (one reserved for the on-site manager) and four double-occupancy rooms. There are two shared bathrooms and the bedrooms have cable, though clients must provide their own TV.
Holly House—another renovated mansion dating back to 1905—is the largest of the four houses with five double-occupancy bedrooms and one single for the manager, plus three and a half bathrooms. The house also has three living rooms, a screened in sun-porch and a fitness room in the basement.
All houses have free WiFi and cable TV and are located relatively close to a fitness center or gym. Residents are required to provide their own groceries and prepare all meals. Come Straight Home houses have coin-operated washers and dryers, except Farrington House, which has free laundry services.
Rules and Regulations
New residents are required to sign a lease for a minimum of si months. All clients must be over the age of 21 and have been sober for at least 30 days. Come Straight Home is an inclusive sober home network and has a wide range of residents—from women in their early 20s to senior citizens.
Come Straight Home has a mandatory weekly house meeting where residents discuss their recovery progress and address any household or roommate issues. Residents are required to attend three AA or other abstinence-based meetings per week and must have a sponsor with whom they meet at least once a week. Residents are also required to perform community service along with their 12-step work.
Residents are required to complete a minimum of 25 hours of productive work each week that may include employment, attending school or being involved in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP).
The onsite managers are all alumni of Come Straight Home and have been sober for at least a year. All the houses regularly perform drug and Breathalyzer tests on their residents.
Although the organization does accept some clients who have co-occurring disorders, Come Straight Home emphasizes stability in their houses, so residents with psychological conditions that may be disruptive are encouraged to find another sober living home that specializes in dual-diagnosis support.
Come Straight Home is ideal for women looking for affordable sober living options in upscale neighborhoods. The high level of independence is a great fit for residents who are ready to transition back into the real world after a residential program. However, individuals with a history of relapse who may require strict structure and supervision in their early sobriety may be better suited for an environment with less autonomy.
Come Straight Home
505 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55102
Come Straight Home Cost: Holly House $875 (30 days), 1510 Summit House $825 (30 days), Grand House $775 (30 days), Farrington House $625 (30 days), sobriety deposit $350. Reach Come Straight Home at (651) 399-5181 or by email at [email protected] Find Come Straight Home on Facebook and Google+
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