Founded by Ken Jackson in 2002, Full Circle Services in Austin, Texas provides a sober living house for men in recovery. Jackson, who has 22 years of sobriety, opened the home in an effort to be of service to other recovering alcoholics and addicts. Full Circle Services is a non-profit organization and Jackson works during the week, which helps towards house funding.
Accommodations and Amenities
The 2,400 square foot bungalow-style house on Elderberry Drive accommodates a small group of just seven clients, to create a family-style atmosphere. The house is covered with large trees, and includes a nice backyard. Residents are paired in comfortably furnished rooms which all contain satellite TV. Jackson has blocks on pay-per-view and adult stations. Additionally, there is a huge flat screen TV in the comfortably furnished living room.
While clients are responsible for their own groceries, the house includes coffee, sugar, creamer, pancake syrup and pancake mix. Many of the clients qualify for food stamps, and Jackson helps them with the application process. Amenities include access to a house computer, Wi-Fi, laundry detergent, paper products and cleaning supplies.
Rules and Regulations
At Full Circle Services, the house is democratically run in a way that parallels the procedures of an Oxford House. There are elected officials including a president, chore coordinator and comptroller. Similar to Oxford House rules, a new client must meet the entire household and be voted in. There is no maximum length of stay. During the first 30 days, clients must attend daily 12-step meetings, and after that time period, they must be present at three weekly 12-step meetings. Other weekly requirements for residents include obtaining and maintaining employment, performing household chores, being at the in-house recovery meetings and a weekly business meeting. The chore coordinator assigns chores, which are done on a rotating basis and last approximately 10 minutes long.
At Full Circle Services, “if you use, you lose.” Jackson conducts random drug and alcohol screenings, and any resident testing positive is evicted immediately, with the belief that relapse threatens the safety of the other clients. Additionally, like in an Oxford House, eviction is equivalent to an act of tough love. The belief is that immediate dismissal can force the client under the influence to seek immediate help. Those who have relapsed can be given a second chance to return to the house, after they have gotten clean and sober. However, they have to be voted in by the entire household.
Full Circle Services runs a recycling and electronic waste disposal company on the side, and all proceeds go towards house expenses.
Full Circle Services is definitely a labor of love, on Jackson’s part. Not only is he passionate about the 12-steps, but also he is keen on helping his clients stay clean and sober, and work on rebuilding their lives. This small, affordable sober living house in Austin is a perfect gem for a male client seeking an intimate Oxford House-like setting.
Full Circle Services
7501 Elderberry Drive
Austin, TX 78745
P.O. Box 40369
Austin, TX 78704
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