Founded in 2003 in Louisville, Kentucky by Michael White and Darryl Wales, Our Father’s House is a 12-step based sober living community for men. Their mission is to provide affordable, safe and structured housing for their residents, as well as recovery dynamics classes so that residents can build a strong foundation in the 12 steps. Program director Darryl Wales is a CADC.
Accommodations and Amenities
Our Father’s House is comprised of seven houses on one block, and three on an adjacent street. One house is used as a job resource center for clients and includes computers with Internet access and printers. Our Father’s House accommodates between 75 and 80 clients, who are housed in furnished double-occupancy rooms.
Residents are responsible for their own food, and meals are prepared in fully equipped kitchens. Cooking is not permitted after 11 pm unless a client arrives home from an evening shift. Amenities include cable TV, Wi-Fi, landlines and laundry facilities. House managers live on the premises and oversee operations. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas only, and residents must use butt cans and keep the premises clean.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to arrival, clients must complete an application, which is followed by an interview. Potential applicants must have successfully completed detox, and demonstrate a willingness to work a 12-step program. The men are expected to wake up at 6:30 am, make their beds, and participate in 7:30 am morning meditation groups, Mondays through Fridays. Unless working a late shift, the men must also participate in evening meditation at 10 pm Tuesdays through Thursdays.
Other requirements include attending five outside AA/NA weekly meetings, participating in all recovery dynamics classes, being at the weekly house meetings and performing household chores. The classes are held on-site from 10 am to 11 am, and from six pm to seven pm Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There is also a Friday evening class at five pm. Mandatory meetings include an on-site Tuesday night AA meeting for clients with less than 60 days of sobriety, a Thursday night six pm meeting at the Portland Promise Center for clients with less than 90 days, a Friday night AA meeting at the West End Token club, and a Saturday morning meeting. Both the Friday evening and Saturday morning meetings are for all residents.
The men are expected to acquire and actively maintain a working relationship with a sponsor, as well as complete their steps. Unemployed clients are expected to find work. Those on disability must perform community service. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Our Father’s House, a zero tolerance policy is enforced. Residents who relapse must leave the premises to ensure the safety of the entire household.
Other services include job assistance, goal planning and program evaluations, which include daily and weekly progress reports for the courts. Our Father’s House provides a plethora of sober fun outings including camping, fishing and cookouts.
Our Father’s House provides highly affordable sober living, as well as a comprehensive 12-step based curriculum for financially challenged, and criminal justice clients who seek to utilize the spirituality of the 12-steps into their lives. Residents receive ample support from staff, and there is a strong sense of camaraderie here. This an excellent choice for men seeking a fresh start in the Louisville area.
Our Fathers House Sober Living Homes
2310 West Jefferson St
Louisville, KY 40212
Our Father’s House Cost: $320 (30 days). Reach Our Father’s House by phone at (502) 775-0033.
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