House of Miracles is a Christian non-profit based in Banning, California. In addition to operating a church in San Bernardino, House of Miracles provides 18 sober living houses for men, women, couples and children. The organization believes addiction is a spiritual problem and clients can find freedom through Christ and by working the 12 steps. Clients are encouraged to study scripture in addition to studying the Big Book.
Accommodations and Amenities
The House of Miracles’ sober living homes are all modest, single-story ranch houses. The specifics vary but they are generally all located in safe, quiet neighborhoods in San Bernardino and the surrounding areas. There are 11 homes for men, four for women, one for women and children and two for married couples. Clients are typically paired in furnished rooms, which include full or twin beds and ample storage space. Amenities include cable, laundry facilities, DVD players and landline phones.
The houses include fully equipped kitchens and spacious living and dining rooms. Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation and are encouraged to shop and eat together family-style. House of Miracles sober living managers live on the premises at each location.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, clients must have completed detox and have at least 24 hours of sobriety. Certain prescribed medications are allowed, but benzodiazepines and narcotics are prohibited. A 60-day minimum length of stay is required and during that time clients must agree to look for a job, enroll in school or an outpatient program or volunteer in the community. There are ample volunteer opportunities available through the House of Miracles ministry for those who need help finding something to do.
Clients must attend daily 12-step meetings for the first 30 days and find a sponsor. After that time, they are required to go to at least three 12-step meetings a week, which can include outside AA/NA meetings or in-house 12-step speaker gatherings and Bible-based 12-step discussion groups. Attendance at a church service is also counted as a weekly meeting.
The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. The house maintains a zero tolerance policy, and those who have relapsed are immediately evicted from the premises. Additionally, if appropriate, staff contacts local enforcement authorities, as well as parole and probation departments.
The houses are in close proximity to 12-step meetings, shopping and public transportation. The organization also has three buses and six vans to provide transportation for residents to and from church services, appointments and programs. Additional services include vocational guidance, welfare services and mental health referrals.
While Christian-oriented recovery may not appeal to everyone, clients interested in a faith-based approach in conjunction with a 12-step recovery protocol will find themselves at home at House of Miracles. The houses are comfortable and the price is affordable. With the support of the built-in fellowship, clients can build a solid foundation in recovery.
House of Miracles
1391 W Ramsey St
Banning, CA 92220
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