Founded in 2011 in Daytona Beach, Florida, with a second house established in 2014, First Avenue to Freedom offers sober living to men in early recovery. Their mission is to provide a safe and structured living environment so that men can build a strong foundation in their recovery, as well as become productive members of society. First Avenue to Freedom is in close proximity to the beach and a plethora of 12-step meetings.
Accommodations and Amenities
At First Avenue to Freedom, one house has a eight-bed capacity and the other residence accommodates ten men. One quaint two-story split-level house includes a covered front porch. The house has a large private fenced backyard, trees, a covered patio, barbecue grill and bicycles. The rustic interior includes a spacious living room with comfortable couches, a fully equipped kitchen with a plethora of cooking appliances, including a microwave oven, toaster oven, crock pot, a coffee pot and a cozy office area with a house computer, and a fireplace. Clients are paired in comfortably furnished rooms, which include TVs, twin beds, armoires or dressers and recovery books.
While the men are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation, often they will make dinner on the grill together as a family. Amenities include a laundry room, cable TV, a house phone and a house computer with Internet. House managers live on the premises and oversee operations. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must have already completed detox. The men are assessed on a case-by-case basis, and a willingness to stay clean and sober is vital for admission. Requirements include attending regular 12-step meetings, performing household chores and being at the weekly house meeting. Residents must also find work at an acceptable place of employment. Driving cabs or working at bars is not allowed. Unemployed clients must be out of the house by 9 am Mondays through Fridays, searching for work.
During the first 30 days, the curfew is 10 pm seven days a week. After that time, the curfew is midnight seven days a week. At First Avenue for Freedom, random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Residents who have relapsed must immediately leave the premises to ensure the safety of the entire household.
Other services offered at First Avenue for Freedom besides housing include job coaching, resume assistance and interview preparation. First Avenue to Freedom is a member of the Florida Association of Recovery Residences (FARR), which demands high standards from its affiliates.
First Avenue to Freedom boasts a tightknit group of men, who really care about each other and recovery. This sober living community is affordable, close to the beach, public transportation and 12-step meetings. For newcomer men who are looking to be part of a strong fellowship, First Avenue to Freedom is a perfect match.
First Avenue to Freedom
231 First Ave
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
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