New Spirit Homes Reviews, Cost, Complaints

New Spirit Homes


Minneapolis MinnesotaThe Basics

Founded in 2008 in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Jon Bartelt, New Spirit Homes provides highly affordable, safe and structured sober living for men in early recovery. While Bartelt is not in recovery, his housing director, Rick Anderson will celebrate two years in October. Bartelt, along with Anderson, run a tight yet highly supportive ship and many residents maintain a high sobriety success rate, as well as become productive members of society.

Accommodations and Amenities

New Spirit Homes has four houses, and accommodates 75 clients. The houses are uniquely named, after close friends of Bartelt’s. The Merlin House is named after Bartlelt’s father, Pastor Merlin, who often said, “No stinkin’ thinkin’” to those in early recovery from addiction, because he believed that destructive thoughts lead to harmful actions. The Morris House is a unique yellow Victorian with shamrock green trim, and the Carpenter House is a white split-level house. Clients are accommodated in private or double occupancy rooms, which include beds, dressers and nightstands.

Amenities include cleaning supplies, cable TV, Wi-Fi, a laundry room and all utilities, including air conditioning. The Morris House includes off-street parking, for an additional $50 monthly cost. All of the houses are within close proximity to a plethora of 12-step meetings. The Morris House features feline companionship, courtesy of Goose the cat. House managers live on the premises, and Anderson is on hand to offer ample support. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas only.

Rules and Regulations

Prior to arrival, clients must have been clean and sober for 30 days, and usually 60 days is the cut off for acceptance, as New Spirit Homes caters to those in early recovery. Some clients have attended an inpatient drug rehab, and some men participate in outpatient treatment. Additionally, they must complete and submit an online application for consideration. Anderson, who interviews potential clients focuses on current medications, as well as criminal backgrounds. DUI’s are okay, but applicants who have more serious criminal records, including armed robbery, murder and child molestation are not allowed on the premises, for the safety of the household. Benzodiazepines, and narcotics are not allowed on the premises. Those who enter the house under the influence, are immediately evicted from the premises.

During the first week, the curfew is 10 pm seven days a week, which allows new residents a chance to catch their bearings, and become acclimated to their peers, and to their new surroundings. After that time, the curfew is midnight seven days a week. Requirements include attending a minimum of three weekly recovery support group meetings, which includes the mandatory in-house meeting and performing household chores.

Recovery supports groups include 12-step meetings, a Zen Program which incorporates Buddhism into the 12 steps, Buddhist Recovery or a local Human Relations program. By the end of 30 days, all residents must be working, volunteering and/or going to school for a minimum of 20 weekly hours. Random drug and alcohol testing is conducted, and residents who relapse are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.


Other services besides housing include local job placement assistance, and career building.

New Spirit Homes is in the process of becoming a member of Minnesota Association of Sober Houses (MASH), an organization that demands high standards from its affiliates.

In Summary

With Bartelt and Anderson at the helm, clients are sure to be in good hands at New Spirit Homes where they are able to rebuild their lives, and work on their recovery, be it through a 12-step or alternative protocol. Former clients rave about New Spirit Homes, and say that they have learned accountability, have rebuilt their lives, and have stayed clean and sober.

New Spirit Homes: Mailing address
6480 Wayzata Blvd #202
Golden Valley, MN 55426

New Spirit Homes Cost: $550 (30 days). Reach New Spirit Homes by phone at (612) 558-1120, (612) 991-1534 or by email. Find New Spirit Homes at Facebook

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  1. If you have a mental illness of any sort this is a terrible place to live. Due to the way the houses were governed and the personalities involved my anxiety was constantly through the roof. Though I received relatively lenient treatment, I saw many others that were subjected to punishments that followed no clear logic and were inconsistent. When it came to people being kicked out or punished it also seemed to be inconsistent based on personal favoritism or whatever extreme emotion the purveyor was feeling at the time. I understand the need of discipline and hard-lined structure in sober housing and recovery but this was sloppy and served no practical purposes at many moments

    But my number one hangup was with one situation in particular. The individual overseeing the houses attempted to kick someone out for being suicidal, effectively making him homeless mere days before Thanksgiving, because “it was making people uncomfortable”. After the treatment center notified New Spirit and threatened to cut contracts the suicidal individual was allowed back in. Due to this no one wanted to report on that housemate’s condition nor their own when it came to mental illness. (People need to feel safe in reporting a serious matter regarding their mental health). Two weeks later my housemate attempted and survived though he had to be put on life support. He decided to move after regaining consciousness, and as the guy overseeing everything started moving things out of his room he made claims that it wasn’t “an attempt” but rather “a cry for help”, minimizing his role and the tragedy at hand. Atrociously inhumane.

    But yeah, the houses are nice, good renting price, though four per room is greedy from a business perspective. I’ll leave out the gossip I’ve heard from people I trust but there is something wrong with New Spirit. I had to move out to maintain my sanity.

  2. This place is absolutely terrible of you want to remain sober and maintain any improvements in your mental health. There are a multitude of other safer options out there. They pack people in like sardines in small room.

    Also this is not affordable for most. Most clients do not have jobs or intend on getting a job. They like to live off the system. This company makes its money through obtaining people from a NuWay program that pays for clients to stay there. It enables clients to remain jobless and remain in a vicious cycle of learned helplessness.

    There are many felons that stay there and it is not safe. There is tons of theft that goes on and little is done about it. I don’t think they provide adequate background checks, although they CLAIM to.

    When somebody relapses and they get kicked out, they just bring the next dollar sign in and and do not allow house members that have been there for an extended period of time interview them to get a fair read on the person.

    This house allows suboxone and other controlled substances as well. Clients sell and abuse their suboxone, lay around the house strung out- and no matter how many incidents are related to this drug that “helps” people, it seems to be the driving cause of problems within this “program.”

    I would suggest looking into other housing alternatives, unless you are solely looking for a place to crash.

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