Duncan House had its beginnings over 12 years ago when founder Robert Duncan realized his community had a need for more recovery-centered housing options. It was built to serve the male population of Kerrville, Texas and nearby cities. Still expanding, Duncan House provides five sober living locations in the Texas Hill Country. Dedicated to providing structure for men coming out of treatment facilities, it serves as a cornerstone for men building a new life and reentering the community as productive members of society.
Accommodations and Amenities
With modest but comfortable amenities, Duncan House provides residents with a home away from home. Each house is furnished with basic essentials. The community kitchens have stoves and microwaves for cooking and a large kitchen table for communal meals to encourage socializing. While residents are expected to provide their own food, they are permitted to share.
The living room offers comfortable seating for leisure and TV watching. While there is no communal computer, WiFi is available and residents are permitted to bring their own laptops, tablets and cell phones.
Each bedroom sleeps two to three residents with twin beds and linens provided. Connected to the bedrooms are bathrooms with updated fixtures including modern sinks and roomy showers. Ample storage space is available to residents in both the bedrooms and bathrooms. Outside, a large parking area has space for up to five cars and public transportation is available for residents needing to get to and from work, meetings and other obligations.
Rules and Regulations
Each house has a resident manager to oversee residents and enforce rules. Duncan House strictly prohibits any drug or alcohol use and clients on medication—even if prescribed—will be asked to refrain from use during their stay. Individuals caught using mood- or mind-altering drugs will be asked to leave the property, forfeiting rent. To ensure sobriety and the safety of all house members, random urine and breathalyzer tests are performed.
All house members are required to attend 12-step meetings. Residents who do not work must attend a daily AA/NA meeting, while employed residents must attend a minimum of four meetings per week—all residents must work the steps with a sponsor. A weekly house meeting is held every Sunday at 9:30 pm.
Each resident is required to find employment within their first two weeks of residence. If an individual is on disability or is unable to find employment, they must perform 10 hours per week of approved community service.
Curfew is 11 pm Sunday through Thursday and midnight Friday and Saturday nights. Quiet time is observed from 11 pm to 6 am and all members are expected to respect the other residents at all times. Performing house chores and keeping one’s personal space clean is required, with vacuuming, mopping and dusting done at least once per week.
No female guests are allowed (with the exception of family) and no sexual relations are permitted on site—though overnight passes are extended on weeknights if management approves. All regulations are subject to change on a case-by-case basis.
Residents benefit from access to a wide range of activities in the surrounding areas of Kerrville, including water activities in the Guadalupe River, nearby parks and regional festivals. Visiting local nature preserves and hiking is also encouraged to help keep residents active and build bonds.
Offering housing exclusively to men in recovery, Duncan House provides a firm foundation in the 12-step principles. Surrounded by nature and cultural activities in Kerrville, Texas, Duncan House helps clients to build confidence and create clean and sober lives.
405 W Water St
Kerrville, TX 78028
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