Established in 2008, the Mary DeVeau House is a non-profit sober living residence for women. Located on the banks of Lake Champlain, about 20 miles from the Canadian border in Plattsburgh, New York, the house offers women in early recovery an opportunity to bond. Residents delve into the 12-steps and gain employment, so that they can become self-sufficient. Founded by Loretta Rietsema, who has been sober since 2000, the home’s motto is “together, we are stronger,” and emphasizes the importance of fellowship among residents.
Accommodations and Amenities
The Mary DeVeau House accommodates 16 women. The living room has a country-style motif, as is evident by the flowery couches, vintage lamps and natural wood furnishings, but the dining area has a strong Southwestern influence. Women are paired in double-occupancy rooms. Some singles are available. One single room, located in the attic, features a Southwestern motif, Native American style rug and comforter covering the twin bed, and a rustic desk.
Food is provided, and clients are responsible for preparing their own breakfasts and lunches. Dinners are a family-style affair, and the women take turns cooking and cleaning. Smoking is permitted in the backyard only.
Rules and Requirements
Prior to arrival, applicants must have 30 days of documented sobriety, with preference given to those who have completed a residential program. Recommended length of stay is between six months and one year, with the belief that remaining longer helps clients build a good foundation in their recovery. Requirements include attending daily 12-step meetings, being at the house meeting, performing household chores and, if not employed, finding a job. SSI clients are welcomed, but they must also participate in a productive activity during the day, such as school or volunteer work.
Residents must find female sponsors within two weeks of arrival, and submit their names to the house manager, along with contact information. Clients must meet with their sponsors on a regular basis, and work the steps. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. The Mary DeVeau House has a zero tolerance policy for relapse and those who use are immediately evicted. Other behaviors that warrant immediate expulsion include physical or verbal abuse, vandalism, theft and lying. The curfew is 10 pm seven days a week. When women leave or enter the house, they have to sign out and sign in. If clients are running late, getting back home, they must notify the house manager.
Clients have the option to participate in a guided morning meditation.
The Mary DeVeau House offers clients a chance to really immerse themselves in the steps, while providing a serene and picturesque atmosphere. The picturesque location is conducive to those wanting to get in touch with their Higher Power. Mary DeVeau House does not disclose their address, for the safety and privacy of residents.
Mary DeVeau House
PO Box 2002
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
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