Harrison House Reviews, Cost, Complaints

Harrison House

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The Basics

Founded in 1997 by Kevin Van Name, Harrison House offers six male-only sober living houses in Staten Island, New York. Its mission is to provide a safe and sober environment to financially challenged clients who want to build a solid foundation in recovery.

Accommodations and Amenities

Harrison House accommodates approximately 68 clients in total and there is no limit to how long a resident can stay. Harrison House operates on a phase system. New clients reside in a phase one house for a period that lasts between six and 18 months. After that, they are bumped into a level two house, which provides them with single rooms and more privileges.

New clients typically reside at one of two Victorian-style houses. Both locations were once bed and breakfast inns. The interiors are fully furnished and decorated with eclectic furnishings from leather couches to vintage hallway tables and African statues. Residents are initially paired in rooms that include twin beds, old-fashioned dressers, nightstands, and large windows for plenty of natural light.

Clients are responsible for their own groceries and prepare their meals in fully-equipped kitchens. Each residence has a live-in house manager.

Rules and Regulations

Clients must have completed a minimum of 28 days at an inpatient drug rehab. Prior to admission, a full intake assessment with staff is completed. During the interview, clients are assigned to a local outpatient drug rehab, usually Bridge Back to Life Center. Additionally, they must pass a drug and alcohol-screen test. The cost is $25.

Phase one at Harrison House depends on the length of a client’s outpatient program, but is typically between six and 18 months. Requirements include participation in an outpatient drug rehab, attendance at three weekly 12-step meetings and completion of household chores. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 11:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Clients are asked to not work for the first 60 days, to focus exclusively on their recovery.

Upon completion of phase one, clients are moved to a phase two house and into single rooms. Visiting privileges are given in phase two, but guests must leave by midnight.

Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted in both phases. Clients who test positive are transported to a detox facility, then are referred to inpatient care. Only after they complete residential treatment, are they allowed back at Harrison House.

Extras

Harrison House has a resource center, which provides anger management classes, vocational guidance, resume writing, housing support and referrals to local food pantries. Alumni of Harrison House attend the resource center and provide peer support and encouragement to residents.

In Summary

Harrison House is serious about recovery and expects the same of its clients. For those who want a little freedom and aren’t convinced that the 12-step approach is for them, this is not a good fit. However, financially challenged individuals seeking structure and a safe place to change their lives around, this is a great choice.

Harrison House
313 Broadway
Staten Island, NY 10310

Harrison House Cost: $420-$620 (30 days). Reach Harrison House by phone at (347) 598-6702 or by email. Find Harrison House on YouTube and Facebook

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  1. Hi, everyone my street name is Johnny Roger and I lived on S.I. many yrs ago. I knew Kevin Van Name during those yrs. I was released from prison last year and when I was inside I heard of Kevin’s program. I was told it was a good place to start off from. I was thinking about checking it out myself. Kevin did his time and paid his debt to society, give him and his program a chance.

  2. Ive been in harrison house 4 1/2 years. I came there from being in the brooklyn shelter. I was homless, had no job, no food, and was full blown in to alcohol. My little brother got a room at harrison house and offered to help me get a place there. I met tonya and kevin and they seemed like good people with a good cause. Low income room and board in a sober house on staten island is a rare thing. They helped me alot threw the years, they where patient when i was down and needed help. Im much gratefull for them and will remember harrison house for the rest of my life. I wont remember the experience there for anything other than it gave me an opportunity to find sobriety, find God, and become an accountable Man of my word. Nothing in life is handed to you, neither is soberiety. Tonya and kevin arnt going to save your life, neither can any human being. I read a comment that said kevin was a bad guy, so was i, but im not anymore. People have the ability to change for the better by God. And if it wasnt for harrison house, id be dead or in jail. So I recommend HARRISON HOUSE to anybody thats trying to really get sober. Your own sobriety. Stop looking for handouts and freebees. Harrison house is a great ” pitstop” . Not a place to settle down in. A pitstop to find yourself, learn how to be responsible, clean up after yourself, find your God, pay off old debts, build your character, and most of all….. Save save save your money so when its time, you move on to something bigger and better. Shout out to my greazey og merv. So in short, ty tonya and kevin, and to anybody that got a problem with these 3 quarter houses…. Grow the fk up, be a Man, and own your sht.

  3. AS MUCH AS KEVIN TRIES TO SOUND LIKE SUCH A GREAT FUCKING GUY, TRUTH IS, IS THAT HE IS A CONVICTED KILLER, DRUG TRAFFICKER AND DEALER AND WAS PART OF HIS OWN RAT BROTHERS EXECUTION! SO, JUST WHO GOT PAID OFF LARGE THAT THIS DIRTBAG LOSER IS OUT AND BUYING UP HOMES ALL OVER THIS ISLAND UNDER HIS COMPLETELY BOGUS PSUEDO CORPORATE NAMES! WHY ISN’T THIS CLOWN IN PRISON FOR LIFE? KEVIN COMES FROM A VERY LOOOONG LINE OF WHITE TRASH THIEVES, JUNKIES, LOW LIVES, KILLERS AND WORTHLESS SCUM! HE IS NO GOOD AND NEITHER IS ANYONE WHO WOULD EVER ASSOCIATE WITH HIM!

    • seems like this guys is a very angry person . And has his own personal issues and if he want to know the real store he should be a man and go speak to kevin him self , stop bad rapping people behind there back ..

  4. Harrison House is one of the best sober living home .I ve ever seen . I have for years sober and I have sent many people to harrison house . while there the staff help people find na/aa meeting close to the homes . The homes are all single rooms and keep clean and neat at all times . The staff is very professional .anyone looking for a place I highly recommend Harrison house while working on getting your life back together

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