Founded in 2004 by Steven Collins in Mesa, Arizona, Kokopelli Group Homes provides safe and structured sober living for men, along with life skills training. Kokopelli also caters to criminal justice clients. In Native American folklore, the Kokopelli is a humpbacked flute player who symbolizes fruitfulness and brings joy. He is often seen on petroglyphs throughout the Southwest.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Kokopelli network is comprised of five ranch-style homes, which each include between four and five bedrooms, fully equipped kitchens, several bathrooms, living rooms and common areas. The houses have a family-style atmosphere with eclectic furnishings. The houses all have spacious covered patios. Each house accommodates between eight and ten clients, who share double or triple-occupancy furnished rooms. Rooms come equipped with twin beds topped with comforters, dressers, nightstands and lamps. Some rooms have TVs as well. Amenities include laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, soap, laundry detergent, flat screen TV’s with Internet streaming, house computers, exercise equipment, bedding and a landline.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Referrals to local food pantries are provided for those in need. A clothing boutique is available for residents who need attire. Each house includes a live-in residential manager. Smoking is permitted in the back patios.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admission, clients must have undergone detox. Upon arrival, residents receive a packet, which includes a day timer, budget planner, job search report, goal planning form, and other valuable resources. Kokopelli requires a 90-day minimum length of stay.
During the first week, the curfew is 8 pm. During the first 30 days, clients must attend three weekly 12-step meetings and acquire a sponsor. Residents seeking a more faith-based approach are encouraged to work with a clergy member. After 30 days, residents must attend two weekly AA/NA meetings and get attendance slips signed by the meeting’s secretary.
Other requirements include performance of household chores, attendance at the house meeting, and maintenance of respectable behavior. The curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 12 am Fridays and Saturdays. Unemployed clients must adhere to an 8 pm curfew until they find a job. Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted. At Kokopelli, residents who relapse are referred to a local medical facility. After they complete treatment, they are allowed to return on a case-by-case basis. Those who refuse treatment are immediately evicted from the premises.
Other services besides housing include goal planning, recovery coaching, vocational guidance, and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT), which is offered on a periodic basis, and at an additional cost. Clients also undergo recurring reviews by staff to track their progress.
Kokopelli provides highly affordable and structured sober living, while offering extra help. The information packet has a plethora of valuable resources from job listings to local food bank listings. At Kokopelli, newly clean and sober men who want to change their lives are truly given a great place to land plus a second chance.
Kokopelli Group Homes
1825 S. Cholla St
Mesa, AZ 85202
Kokopelli Group Homes Cost: $563.34 (30 days, not including a $130 sobriety deposit). Reach Kokopelli by phone at (480) 820-2121 or by email at [email protected]. Find Kokopelli Group Homes at Facebook
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