Founded in 2005 by Denise Leonhardt in San Bernardino, California, Hope Homes offers safe and structured sober living to men in early recovery. While Leonhardt is not in recovery, she is an expert in the field of addiction recovery and sober living practices, having devoted her life to being of service to clients, as well as working for the Department of Corrections. After a horrifying car jacking incident almost took her life in 2015, Leonhardt underwent intensive rehabilitation, then resumed working at Hope Homes, still committed to helping her clients. She believes that her calling is in the field of recovery. While she was in the hospital, the concept of getting back to Hope Homes and being with her husband and family kept her going.
Accommodations and Amenities
Hope Homes includes two group homes, uniquely designed by a local architect. The houses each feature tiled roofs, green trim and gray stucco exteriors. The compound sits on two and a half acres, which include pristine lawns, flowers and blossoming trees. Hope Homes has a 34-bed capacity, with 15 beds in each house, and two beds are empty in each building to allow for ailing clients who might be contagious. There are three men assigned to each spacious room, which includes one twin bed, a bunk bed, two closets, including a lock-in closet with sliding doors, a TV with cable channels and Wi-Fi throughout the house.
Some clients pay extra to receive three hot daily meals. Others, who qualify for food stamps, get their own groceries and prepare their own food, often with help from a house manager. After they run out of food benefits for the month, they may opt to purchase meals. While Hope Homes is privately run, no one goes hungry. Those who have no money for meals are assisted, while encouraged to become self-sufficient as soon as possible. Amenities include weight room, a computer lab and two libraries—one in each building. The libraries are stocked with DVDs and books. Bicycles are available for clients’ use. Staff lives on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
New clients at Hope Homes must have undergone detox and be medically stable. Other requirements include attending three 12-step meetings on-site per week, as well as participating in outside AA/NA meetings. Valuables, documents and medications are securely locked up. Staff monitors all medication. Clients must use large white boards to sign in and sign out of their residence. Additionally, they need to let staff know where they are, as well as provide a contact number on the board, if they are visiting family or friends. The curfew is 10 pm seven days a week.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Residents who relapse are dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Those who show remorse are put on house arrest for a limited time, as well as provided with a buddy to chaperone them to outside venues. Residents, who leave, regardless of the situation, are refunded their money in full.
Hope Homes has a blessing closet, which is stocked with clothing and shoes abandoned or donated by former clients. Staff sorts through the deserted clothing and picks out high quality items. After the clothing is laundered and shoes are polished, the attire goes into the blessing closet. New clients in need are properly clothed. Additionally, newcomers in need receive a basket of sundries, which includes shampoo, razors, hand lotion and deodorant.
Transportation is provided. Leonhardt and staff drive residents to welfare office, social security office, 12-step meetings, the smoke shop and Wal-Mart. Transportation to and from the bus stop is also offered three times a day, including morning, afternoon and evening. Clients are provided with vocational support, which includes resume assistance.
The 30-day cost, not including meals is $450. Those who opt for meals and board pay $690 per month.
Leonhardt is obviously an amazing woman with a heart of gold and she loves what she does. Many clients love living there. Additionally, men can stay as long as they want. And some clients love Hope Homes so much that they have resided there for years, including one man who has lived there for almost a decade. For men seeking a sober living community that feels like home, this is a great choice.
18999-18989 Cajon Blvd
San Bernardino, CA 92407
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