Founded in 2010 in Columbia, South Carolina by Michael D. Young, Seed of Hope House is a non-profit sober living home for men. Young, who has been clean and sober for 13 years, keeps his numbers small so that clients obtain the dual benefits of having room for personal growth while being in a nurturing setting. Besides being rooted in the 12 steps, Seed of Hope is open to clients who seek a more faith-based approach. The house’s name is inspired by a quote from the ancient Greek philosopher Aeschylus, “From a small seed a mighty trunk may grow!”
Accommodations and Amenities
Seed of Hope accommodates six men in single rooms, which include full-sized beds, TVs and dressers. Clients are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in a fully equipped kitchen. Additionally, residents must cook meals before 10 pm. Amenities include a washer, dryer, cable TV, paper and kitchen supplies. Staff provides around-the-clock supervision.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to arrival, clients must have already completed detox. Additionally, they undergo an interview with Young to ensure that Seed of Hope House is an appropriate fit. Clients must agree to participate in a spiritual program of recovery that he believes will help them stay clean and sober, as well as impact their lives for the better.
Requirements for house residents include attending a minimum of three weekly 12-step meetings, acquiring a sponsor or spiritual mentor, and performing household chores. For those seeking a more faith-based approach, attending church services counts towards the weekly meeting quota. The men must find work between 30 and 45 days after their arrival, so that they can pay their own rent. This rule is enforced so that clients learn accountability, and how to take care of themselves. Residents who don’t wish to comply with this rule are often told to find another sober living home.
The curfew is midnight seven days a week, unless clients work a third shift. If so, they must provide proof. Seed of Hope House practices a zero tolerance policy regarding residents who test positive on an alcohol or drug screening. Those who have relapsed must leave the premises immediately to ensure the safety of other clients. Depending on their willingness and a desire for a second chance, some clients are admitted back to the house, after a certain period of time. Once re-admitted, they must start all over, and are required to attend an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and adhere to a stricter set of rules until they progress in their recovery.
As a non-profit organization, Seed of Hope House accepts donations to assist towards program costs. Additionally, there are plans of expansion to help more men who are in need of affordable and safe sober living.
Young is passionate about recovery, and is dedicated to his clients. At Seed of Hope House, many men are able to establish a strong program of recovery, while they rebuild new lives amidst a family-style setting. Seed of Hope House offers safe sober living for men in recovery, who also want a place to call home.
Seed of Hope House
129 Stanford St
Columbia, SC 29203
Seed of Hope House Cost: $500 (30 days). Reach Seed of Hope House by phone at (803) 665-4220 or by email.
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