Founded in 2014 by Pamela Tucker in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Como Lake House offers safe and structured sober living to an intimate number of women. Tucker, who has more than 30 years of recovery, is a Master’s-level alcohol and drug counselor, and also holds a Master’s in public affairs. Her goal is to work on policy regarding addiction, so that criminal laws can work on helping alcoholics and addicts, as opposed to incarcerating those who could benefit from treatment.
Accommodations and Amenities
The historic two-story duplex is a brownstone arts style building. While the building is 105 years old, the entire building has been entirely renovated to its original condition. The residence overlooks Lake Como, and is in close proximity to Como Zoo. Tucker usually accommodates no more than eight clients, including the house manager, Brandi. There are four women on each floor.
At Como Lake House, there are two double-occupancy rooms and four singles. A double includes twin beds, vintage style dressers, nightstands and small lamp providing ambient lighting. Another room includes an antique Asian room divider. The rooms include area rugs, and hanging art. Tucker, who was once an antique appraiser, has completely furnished the duplex with vintage décor, and some of the antiques are over 100 years old.
Each floor has its own fully equipped kitchen, and private entryway. Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Amenities include all utilities, Wi-Fi, basic cable television, towels, cleaning supplies, paper supplies and free laundry machines. The house’s front door is located 25 feet away from a city bus route. While house manager Brandi runs a tight ship, she is passionate about recovery, and helping the residents.
Rules and Regulations
At Como Lake House, potential clients must have a minimum of 30 days sobriety or have successfully completed primary care at a rehab. Between four and six months are required for a minimum length of stay. This allows women time to heal, focus on their recovery and build relationships with each other. During the first 30 days, clients must participate in mandatory weekly 20-minute check-ins with staff. Additionally, they must acquire a home group and establish a working relationship with a sponsor. While Tucker wants them to focus on their recovery during the first month she is aware that some of the women have full time work schedules, and accommodates them accordingly.
After the first 30 days, clients must touch base with staff twice a month. Requirements include performance of household chores, attendance at a minimum of three 12-step meetings a week, participation in transitional care (if applicable) a full time job or enrollment in school. Academic enrollment must be at least 32 weekly hours or a minimum of nine credits, while participation in an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP), community service or work should be a 25-hour minimum weekly commitment. Clients must attend the mandatory house meeting Sunday nights at eight pm.
Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. Upon arrival at Como Lake House, clients must give staff three emergency contact phone numbers, who will be contacted if a client relapses. In the case of relapse, if emergency contacts cannot be reached, the woman is taken to a local detox facility. The curfew is 11 pm and one am on Fridays and Saturday. After the first 30 days, clients are eligible for two weekly overnight passes.
For clients with cars, the 30-day garage cost is $60. Tucker plans to turn the basement into an art studio for clients’ use.
Como Lake House is a member of Minnesota Association of Sober Homes (MASH).
With Tucker and her house manager, Brandi, at the helm, Como Lake House is a great place for the newly clean and sober who want to work steps and get life in order with the support of other like-minded women. And Como Lake House is in a prime location. During the winter, clients have the option of ice-skating at the lake, an activity which allows them to enjoy nature while they work on their recovery. Como Lake House does not disclose their address, for the privacy and safety of their clients.
Como Lake House
Saint Paul, MN 55117
Como Lake House Cost: $795 (30 days). Reach Como Lake House by phone at (407) 415-7501 or by email at [email protected]
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