The Gateway Sober Living Environment network runs nine sober living homes in the San Francisco Bay area. Gateway offers both co-ed and gender-specific options in an intimate structured living community. Since 2006, Gateway has built an excellent reputation with local treatment facilities and receives many clients straight from residential programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
There are Gateway locations in Marin, San Francisco and the Peninsula. There are six co-ed houses, four men’s homes and a house for women in San Rafael. Each of the Gateway Houses is unique, but typically has space for eight to 12 clients. They share comfortable, gender-specific double or triple-occupancy bedrooms, which include twin or full-sized beds, nightstands and dressers. Clients need to supply their own bedding, towels, laundry supplies and groceries.
Food is prepared in fully equipped kitchens stocked with basic cooking supplies and utensils. Amenities include cable TVs, laundry rooms and complimentary Wi-Fi. House managers with long-term recovery live on the premises at each house to provide supervision.
Rules and Regulations
Gateway requires all potential clients to be 18 or older, 72 hours clean and sober and willing to commit to a minimum of 30 days. Residents must attend 12-step meetings, find a sponsor and work their steps. They are also required to do assigned household chores, pay their rent on time and attend two weekly house meetings—on Sundays and Thursdays.
Clients usually come straight from treatment or are enrolled in an outpatient or aftercare program. During the first 30 days, they must find a job or volunteer position where they work at least 20 hours a week. An 11 pm curfew is enforced for the first 30 days. After that, it’s midnight curfew Sunday through Thursday, with no curfew Friday and Saturday. Overnight passes and arranged vacations are available after 30 days.
Residents who relapse must leave the premises immediately. After detox, clients return to the home as long as they have the willingness to re-commit to recovery. Those who bring alcohol or drugs on the premises are dismissed immediately.
Gateway’s Director, John Wiles is very active in the local AA community. Wiles has worked placing recovering addicts and alcoholics in sober living environments since 1991.
For those looking for upscale, 12-step homes in the Bay Area, Gateway is an excellent choice. The option for gender-specific homes and emphasis on reintegrating back into life through employment or volunteer work, help clients rebuild their lives. Men and women seeking a safe and comfortable sober living will do well here. To protect the privacy of residents, the exact addresses of the Gateway facilities are not published.
Gateway Sober Living Environment
Novato, CA 94947
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