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Greenhouse Recovery Center was founded in 1987 by executive director Stephen Mowry, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Greenhouse provides transitional living for men in 12 houses including the main residence, which solely accepts Rule 25 clients, and 11 sober living homes. Mowry is a Vietnam-era Army veteran, and the Greenhouse Recovery Center also caters to clients who are veterans. Clients at Greenhouse Recovery Center work toward independence and utilize the 12 steps in their lives. At the helm of Greenhouse Recovery Center is program director Kirk Larson who originally came to the facility as a client and has been clean for more than 15 years.

Accommodations and Amenities

Greenhouse Recovery Center accommodates 98 clients in 12 houses. Rule 25 clients reside at the Greenhouse’s main facility, which is located inside a historic white mansion that has red and blue trim. The house’s exterior includes a wrap around porch with red columns, foliage and an old-fashioned style street lamp.

The sober living houses include a striking Queen Anne located at the corner of a residential street, as well as a Victorian, a split-level houses and an American craftsman. The interiors are eclectically designed, but most houses have tiled floors and white or beige colored walls. The Victorian includes a cozy alcove with windows, vintage style armchairs, a quaint table and an old fashioned style lamp. At the Greenhouse Recovery Center, all residents are housed in furnished, single-occupancy rooms.

At the main facility, clients are provided with food, which they prepare in fully equipped kitchens. At the remaining homes, residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meal preparation. Amenities include laundry facilities, utilities, cable TV and a landline phone. Each house has a live in residential manager. Additionally, a general manager checks in with all clients, on a regular basis.

Rules and Regulations

The Greenhouse transitional living program accepts clients who have successfully met the criteria of a Rule 25 Assessment and Ramsey County Human Services pays for their room and board. Rule 25 clients have more structure than the other residents. All potential clients must undergo personal interviews with staff. The length of stay is six months and the program includes participation in outpatient treatment and attendance at regular 12-step meetings, per the client’s individualized recovery plan. The curfew is 10 pm seven days a week. Clients must perform household chores, and are encouraged to enroll in school or look for employment. An onsite nurse is available to address health concerns, help schedule medical appointments, and provide health education.

At the sober living houses, length of stay is up to the individual. Clients must attend two outside 12-step meetings a week and be at a local Sunday night speaker meeting. Other requirements include performing household chores, getting a sponsor, working the steps and finding employment. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and on the weekends, the men are free to come and go as they please.

Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Greenhouse Recovery Center, residents who relapse are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, with the belief that sometimes people deserve a second chance, provided that they are willing to get back on track.


Five residents have lived at Greenhouse Recovery Center for over a decade. Clients can stay at the sober living homes for the rest of their lives, if desired.

In Summary

The Greenhouse Recovery Center provides an environment that is both structured and empathetic towards men in early recovery. Larson is passionate about the 12 steps, and believes that if he can stay clean and sober, anyone can. Additionally, staff is always on hand to provide support and guidance. The Greenhouse Recovery Center is a wonderful option for newly clean and sober men seeking transitional housing in the St. Paul area.

Greenhouse Recovery Center Location

Green House Recovery Services
680 Greenbrier St
St Paul, Minnesota 55106

Greenhouse Recovery Center Cost

$450-$525 (30 days, sober houses only.) Reach Greenhouse Recovery Center by phone at (651) 707-3295 (cell) or (651) 776-2116 (office). Find Greenhouse Recovery Center on Facebook and Google+

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