Founded in 2000, Mercy House, a sober living facility, operates out of a single family home in Tucson, Arizona. Mercy House was co-ed, but after a male and female resident broke a house rule by engaging in a romantic relationship (which went sour) Mercy House changed admission policies and now accepts men only.
Accommodations and Amenities
Located on a quiet residential neighborhood, Mercy House includes three bedrooms, two baths, an outdoor covered patio, large kitchen, fenced yard and pool. There are an average of four clients on the premises. The double-occupancy rooms have a bed and dresser for each resident. Amenities include Wi-Fi, Cable TV (including all the sports channels) and laundry facilities.
Inside the fully equipped kitchen, residents and the house manager take turns preparing meals. Clients dine together family-style between 6 and 7 pm. Dinners are included in the price of rent. Entrees include pork chops, steaks or barbequed ribs. In addition to preparing food in the kitchen, residents use the outside barbecue and grill the meat.
Rules and Regulations
The house manager, also in recovery, interviews potential clients and determines if they are serious about their sobriety and applying the 12-step principles to their lives. Clients must be clean and sober prior to admittance. Within the first week, residents must acquire a sponsor and they must actively work with their sponsor within two weeks. They are also required to attend a minimum of five 12-step meetings plus the one-hour House meeting on a weekly basis and maintain the rent and fees. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted at least once a week.
During their first 30 days, residents are required to attend an in-house weekly Big Book/speaker meeting. Residents must look for work, maintain household duties and practice 12-step principles. The curfew is 11 pm seven days a week. Those who don’t return by 11 pm undergo drug and alcohol testing the next day. The 30-day cost is between $400 and $600.
The house manager works closely with the men, and provides help with transportation, as well as vocational support.
For men seeking sober living in a home-like environment in Tucson, this is a great choice. Mercy House keeps clientele numbers small and works hard on helping men learn a 12-step-based way of life. Anti-AA folks should probably keep stepping, but for those seeking the program’s spiritual approach, this will be a great fit.
4588 S. Purple Plum Ct.
Tucson, AZ 85730
Mercy House Cost: $400-600 (30 days). Reach Mercy House by phone at (520) 829-7410. Find Mercy House at Google+
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