The K.I.S.S. Foundation (Keep It Simple Sobriety) is a Cleveland-based therapeutic community for men. It offers transitional housing and a variety of services within a three phase program. Clients live in a safe environment with a structured daily schedule that consists of 12-step involvement, a series of classes and learning how to eventually re-enter their communities.
Accommodations and Amenities
At K.I.S.S. Foundation clients live in three different homes—gaining more autonomy and responsibilities as they move. The residences are referred to as Lia House, Ronnies House and The Convent. Lia House is an old Victorian style home that was built in the 1890s and is over 5,000 square feet. About 50 clients can live at this facility in shared bedrooms with a combination of bunk beds and twin beds, dressers and spacious common areas and outdoor space.
Ronnie’s House is a slightly more upscale home with a few more amenities and freedoms. This house also has semi-private rooms and shared bathrooms in a quiet residential neighborhood.
The Convent offers private accommodations that are fully furnished with a shared bathroom in the corridor, but sinks in the bedrooms. There are kitchens and dining rooms in each of the facilities, and living rooms with TVs.
Food is provided by the program in each level of treatment as well. The meals are all prepared on site.
Rules and Regulations
The first phase of K.I.S.S. Foundation usually lasts between four and six months and requires all incoming clientele to be free of drugs and alcohol for a minimum of 30 days. Detox is not offered at this facility.
During this initial step there are few opportunities for contact with family or friends as the client is acclimating to the daily schedule and their surroundings. There are mandatory in-house recovery meetings on a daily basis, as well as AA/NA meetings seven days a week. The program provides transportation to and from meetings. Anger management, parenting and domestic violence classes are conducted on site and clients have options to participate in various community outreach and volunteering events.
The next level has clients looking for full time work and receiving assistance with their resumes and job searches. The facility works with two local job placement agencies and helps clients find satisfying work during their stay. Clients are still required to attend several 12-step meetings per week, and are encouraged to take care of any physical or mental issues during this phase.
The final step in The Convent is where clients are working full time and helping those who are new to the program as senior peers. This phase can last up to nine months, though clients can remain in the program if they need support for longer.
There are several staff members who oversee the day to day at the residences, but the directors of the program are CDAC and LICDC.
In the third phase there are required aftercare meetings held at Lia House once a week.
The K.I.S.S. Foundation is a pretty special place that saves a lot of lives by opening its doors to addicts when they are in a vulnerable and scary spot. It puts a great deal of emphasis on the importance of peer accountability both through the structure of its programming and the facilitation of 12-step recovery. Cleveland residents looking for a solid resource for early sobriety that’s also affordable would do well to check this place out as an option.
K.I.S.S. Foundation, Inc.
2003 Denison Ave
Cleveland, OH 44109
K.I.S.S. Foundation Cost: Free of charge. Reach K.I.S.S. Foundation by phone at (216) 938-6637. Find K.I.S.S. Foundation on Facebook
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