For the past 18 years, Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women has been a beacon of light to women in Little Rock, Arkansas and surrounding cities. Under the leadership of Pastor Rickey Hicks, the Rufus K. Young Christian Church unanimously decided to fund a sober home designed to help the challenges women face with drug and alcohol addiction.
In 1998, the church purchased a nearby building and converted it to transitional living for women recovering from substance abuse. The house is dedicated to the Pastor’s mother who had a tremendous influence on the congregation.
Accommodations and Amenities
Walking distance from several churches (including Rufus K. Young), the unassuming single story home has four double-occupancy bedrooms and two bathrooms, a kitchen, dining area and living room. It’s comfortably and simply furnished to accommodate eight women.
Residents are responsible for their own personal needs—bed linens, towels, toiletries and food. Water and electricity expenses are included. A landline is available for local calls but cable TV and WiFi are not provided.
Rules and Regulations
Drugs and alcohol are strictly prohibited, as well as any kind of violence, verbal abuse or stealing. A house manager is onsite during the week from 9 am until 6 pm and can be reached by phone in the evenings and on the weekends. Women have access to food banks and employment agencies through the church.
While the underlying philosophy of the house is Christian-based, residents are not required to attend any kind of religious services or 12-step fellowship. They are responsible for keeping personal space and common areas tidy; cleaning up after themselves and completing their weekly-assigned chores. There is a mandatory meeting on Sunday evenings, which is an open peer discussion. After 30 days, residents are required to be employed, enrolled in school or doing approved volunteer work.
The church offers free classes on healthy eating, managing stress and promoting overall wellness.
Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women provides a safe house and basic care for women in the early phase of their recovery. While residents are not required to attend church services, because if it’s funding by the church, the house philosophy leans more towards Bible-based than 12-step.
Though they may not have the kind of structure that works best for potential clients with a history of relapse or who are interested in a 12-step recovery, Hicks Mattie may be a good fit for women who are looking for a safe and supportive environment geared more towards a religious path.
Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women
2020 Main St.
Little Rock, AR 72206
Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women Cost: Sliding scale/state-funding. Reach Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women by phone at (501) 374-0015. Find Hicks Mattie Sober Living Home for Women on Facebook
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