Mary Galivan, a recovering addict with over 20 years clean and sober, founded Galivan’s House, a sober living home in 2006. Located in Tucson, Arizona, Galivan felt that there was a need for affordable housing for those who were new to recovery. Galivan’s House utilizes a 12-step based model while allowing men and women healing time for a successful transition back into the real world.
Accommodations and Amenities
Women live in a two story, four-bedroom house in the neighborhood of the University of Arizona. The house accommodates a maximum of twelve clients, but there are typically eight or nine residents. There’s a kitchen where the women prepare their own meals. Other amenities include a telephone, Cable TV, cleaning products, toilet paper and coin-operated washer and dryer. The men’s two-bedroom house accommodates between four and five men. Amenities are equivalent to those provided for the women.
Rules and Regulations
Galivan’s House accepts clients after they have gone through detox, completed a drug rehab program or depending on the nature of the crime, are released from prison. New residents must find work or another legitimate source of income within two weeks of admittance. Attendance is required at two weekly 12-step meetings (or two therapy sessions) and one in-house meeting. In addition, clients must obtain a sponsor (or therapist), undergo random drug and alcohol screenings and perform all assigned household chores.
During the first week of residency, the curfew time is 6 pm. After that, residents are granted a 10 pm curfew from Sundays to Thursdays, and a midnight curfew on Fridays and Saturdays. Weekend passes are available after 30 days. The curfew is removed after 90 days. House visitors must be approved by staff and must not engage in any inappropriate behavior. The 30-day cost is $400, and after three months the 30-day cost decreases to $340.
Costs are low with the idea that clients accumulate funds for permanent housing. There are local businesses near the sober living houses where residents can often find employment.
Galivan’s House is a member of the Arizona Recovery Housing Association. In addition, former clients rave about the sense of community and life skills that they got while living at the house. For those seeking affordable sober living plus a chance to rebuild their lives, this home is a good fit.
1005 East Water Street
Tucson, AZ 85719
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