Founded in 2003 by Fred Millett in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Simple Living, Inc. provides gender-specific sober living for men and women in recovery. After Sally’s Place for women opened, a male-only house, Leroy’s Lodge, was established in 2012 in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Their third home, Edie’s Place, opened in 2014. Edie’s Place was named after Millet’s late mother.
Accommodations and Amenities
Sally’s Place is a quaint Cape Cod-style white-shingled house that features a large back porch. The house accommodates 20 women. The cozily furnished interior includes an eclectic décor. The living room has red velvet couches, white bookshelves, a vintage style lamp and an old-fashioned coffee table. Clients are paired in furnished rooms, which include twin beds, dressers, a desk, lamp, and nightstands.
Leroy’s Lodge is a spacious two story house with double-pane windows, black shutters and white trim. The house accommodates 20 men. The interior boasts a wood-tiled living room with a rock fireplace and eclectic furnishings. Clients are paired in uniquely decorated rooms, which include twin beds, colorful comforters, dressers and windows.
At Edie’s Place, 18 women live inside a white-shingled house with black trim. Residents share triple or double-occupancy wood-tiled rooms, which include twin beds, natural wood dressers, vintage lamps and closets. The rooms are painted in pastels, which provide a colorful ambience. Singles are available.
At Simple Living, Inc. residents are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation. Amenities include a house computer, multiple refrigerators, printer, Wi-Fi, Cable TV and laundry facilities. Each house has a van, which transports residents to 12-step meetings and medical appointments. The houses include two shifts of residential managers, ensuring that staff is always at the house to oversee operations.
Rules and Regulations
Potential clients must have already completed detox, and must pass a preliminary drug and alcohol screening. Clients on medication-assisted treatment, including Suboxone are not permitted. Additionally, narcotic medications or any controlled substances are not allowed in the houses.
Requirements include attendance at the house meeting, participation at five weekly 12-step meetings, acquisition of a sponsor and a home group, execution of the steps and procurement of full-time employment that provides regular paychecks and W2 forms. Cash pay jobs are not permitted. Performance of household chores is mandated, and clients must keep their bedrooms clean and tidy. The curfew is midnight seven days a week. At Simple Living, a zero tolerance policy is conducted. Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. Relapsers are immediately dismissed from the premises.
At Sally’s Place and Leroy’s Lodge, the 30-day cost is $620, not including a $240 admission fee. At Edie’s Place, the 30-day cost for a triple is $400, for a double, the 30-day cost is $440 and for a single room, the 30-day cost is $660.
At Simple Living, residents are encouraged to participate in group recreational activities to build a sense of community. Weekend family visits are encouraged.
Simple Living provides affordable, structured living in clean and picturesque homes. The options for different types of rooms offer options to fit any budget. For clients seeking a 12-step approach in an East Coast setting, Simple Living sounds is a great choice.
Simple Living Inc.
56 Sparhawk St
Amesbury, MA 01913
460 East St
Tewksbury, MA 01876
64 Bucksport Rd
Ellsworth, ME 04615
Simple Living, Inc. Cost: $400-$660 (30 days). Reach Simple Living, Inc. by phone at (978) 388-8972 (Sally’s Place), (978) 710-5629 (Leroy’s Lodge), (207) 664-2245 (Edie’s Place) or by email. Find Simple Living, Inc. on Facebook
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