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Founded in 2014 by John Leonard in Minnetrista, Minnesota, Redemption House is a Christ-centered male-only sober living that utilizes a “heart-focused discipleship model.” Their philosophy is that people who once found comfort in the compulsive routines of addiction can worship their way to sobriety and negative behavior patterns can be replaced with a new affection for Christ.

Accommodations and Amenities

Redemption House is a large, rustic cabin-style residence, which boasts a huge outdoor deck and cross gable roofs. The house is surrounded by woods and expansive marshlands and is close to Lake Minnetonka. The interior, which compliments the exterior, is equally impressive with large windows, wood siding, beige carpeting and exposed roof beams, creating a cozy ambience. The living room includes a moose head hanging over the mantel of a rock fireplace, brown leather couches, glass end tables, and contemporary lamps. The fully equipped kitchen includes a wall-to-wall window, stainless steel appliances and natural wood cabinets.

Redemption House accommodates 9 men. Residents are paired in furnished rooms, which include twin beds with natural wood headboards, dressers, contemporary lamps and plush beige carpeting. While food is provided, residents take turns cooking. Staff assists clients with meal preparation. Entrees include steak topped with pineapple, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Amenities include laundry facilities, gym membership, transportation, Wi-Fi and Cable TV. Upon arrival, cell phones are locked away. After a month, clients receive their phones, and are allowed limited privileges. At Redemption House, this rule is enforced in order to teach men to focus on Christ. Redemption House has three Ministry Assistants, who work in shifts, thus providing around the clock supervision.

Rules and Regulations

Prior to admission, clients undergo a comprehensive assessment with staff. They must exhibit openness to believing in Christ. Men who are not eligible or find Redemption House may not be a good fit are provided with referrals. Typically, clients have undergone detox prior to moving in. The minimum required length of stay is 90 days. At Redemption House, clients are not allowed to leave the house without being accompanied by a Ministry Assistant and are transported to meetings and Church services.

Clients attend services at the local Redeemer Bible Church, participate in Bible Study, and are assigned books to read. The assigned reading list includes Addictions – A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel, by Edward T. Welch, The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller and The Truth Project, which is a DVD-based curriculum.

A typical day involves getting up at 7 am and participating in worship, followed by breakfast and a discussion at 8 am, and then a community meeting or outdoor activity at 9 am, followed by Bible reading at 10 am. Between 11 am and noon, clients participate in worship or a homework review, and at noon they have lunch, and engage in a discussion. Personal time is from 1 to 2 pm, and the rest of the afternoon and evening includes a community meeting, dinner, outside meeting, reading, homework, prayer and at 10:30 am, lights are out. Clients attend Celebrate Recovery or go to 12-step meetings.

Extras

At Redemption House, clients receive personal leather bound English standard version Bibles.

Clients participate in many recreational activities including kayaking, swimming, fishing, and softball, sledding, skiing, ice fishing and broomball.

In Summary

The Redemption House protocol is well outlined, and they also interview clients thoroughly, to make sure their program is a perfect fit. With that said, Redemption House is a great choice for a client seeking a Christian-centered sober living that offers additional mentorship services.

Redemption House
7590 Susan Ln
Minnetrista, MN 55364

Redemption House Cost: $4,200 (30 days). Reach Redemption House by phone at (651) 270-2358 or by email. Find Redemption House at Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google+

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