Founded in Sacramento, California in July 2015 by friends in recovery, Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes provides structured co-ed living for clients in recovery from chemical dependency. Founders Scott E. and Joseph B. have been clean and sober since 2012, and 2010, respectively. The facility’s name is inspired by the butterfly, as is evident by images of butterflies on the website. Their mission is to provide newly clean and sober men and women a serene milieu for self-transformation, which parallels the metamorphosis that a caterpillar undergoes prior to becoming a beautiful winged creature.
Accommodations and Amenities
Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes current operates a total of four facilities, with plans to add more homes in the East Bay area in the near future. Presently there are three houses in the greater Sacramento area and one in San Francisco’s Ingelside Heights neighborhood.
The Carmichael home in Sacramento accommodates eight clients in shared, gender-specific rooms. The house is huge, and boasts five bedrooms, a living room, a spacious kitchen, large bathrooms and a big yard. Amenities include Cable TV, WiFi, ample storage space, flat screen HDTV’s, laundry facilities and parking.
Sacramento’s midtown house is a newly renovated three-story Victorian with an 11-bed capacity. The residence has double-occupancy rooms except for the attic, which was converted into a loft. The attic accommodates four clients, and includes a large TV, entertainment center, bathroom and outdoor patio for smokers. Similar to the Carmichael location, the furnishings throughout this home are eclectic yet tastefully arranged. There are earth toned couches, Oriental rugs, Tiffany lamps and glass tables.
Located on a private cul de sac with a large yard full of redwood trees, the other residence in Sacramento is known as Wintun Manor. It’s a one-story, ranch-style, intimate and modern home with funky and eclectic decor. There are hardwood floors throughout and carpeted bedrooms with both full and twin beds. The home can accommodate up to seven residents. There is one Master suite with two full beds, a large private bathroom and walk-in closet. Linens, towels and bedding are included. The rest of the home includes a kitchen, dining and living room. Amenities include large HD TVs and a house computer, printer and washer/dryer unit.
The San Francisco residence is a Mediterranean-style, four-story home and can house seven clients in full beds with new mattresses and built-in storage. There is one private room but the rest are shared. There are also three bathrooms, two kitchens, two living rooms and one recreational room. The house boasts hardwood floors throughout and large windows that showcase ocean views, thanks to its location on one of San Francisco’s infamous hilltops. It’s a five-minute was to the MUNI train and bus, San Francisco’s public transportation, and 15 minutes to BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit).
At Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes, residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Each residence also has a live-in house manager with a CCAPP credential.
Rules and Regulations
At Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes, potential clients must have completed detox. All clients must attend recovery support meetings. Those who are employed work out a weekly meeting quota with staff, while unemployed clients must attend a daily meeting. Besides AA/NA, clients are encouraged to seek a recovery support group that works for them. This includes SMART Recovery, Life Ring and Refuge Recovery, a Buddhist oriented recovery program.
During the first 30 days, clients must sleep at their house. No overnight visits are allowed. Other requirements include participation in household chores, attendance at the house meeting, maintenance of a working relationship with a sponsor or counselor and adherence to good manners.
Clients are strictly forbidden from engaging in intimate relations with other housemates. The curfew is 11 pm seven days a week. Additionally, random drug and alcohol screening is conducted, and clients who have relapsed are immediately removed from the premises.
Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes is a registered sober living environment under the California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP).
Though relatively new, Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes provides high-end living at a reasonable cost. Additionally, Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes offers residents an opportunity to work on their recovery while healing in beautiful and serene settings.
Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes
3804 Robertson Ave
Sacramento, CA 95821
167 Vernon St
San Francisco, CA 94132
Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes Cost: $1,000 (30 days). Reach Monarch Clean and Sober Living Homes by phone at (707) 205-5254 or by email at [email protected]. Find Monarch Sober Homes on LinkedIn and Google+
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