Founded in 2012 by Loyal Davis in Santa Rosa, California, Slater Street SLE (Sober Living Environment) provides gender-specific homes for newly clean and sober clients desiring safe and structured transitional housing. Its mission is to maintain a healthy community of men and women who truly care about their recovery. Slater Street is big on fellowship, and clients enjoy ample peer support.
Accommodations and Amenities
The white-shingled, blue trimmed houses are adjacent to one another and situated in a leafy, quiet cul-de-sac with oak and bay trees. Slater Street keeps its numbers small, which allows clients to have space and gives them a chance to develop fellowship. There are three women’s and two men’s houses, and each residence accommodates no more than six clients.
The white walled, hardwood-floored interiors are comfortably furnished. The living rooms have ceiling fans, comfortable couches, recliners, coffee and end tables. One room has an upright piano that clients can feel free to use during down time.
Clients are paired in homey, carpeted rooms with twin beds and bright linens and pillows. Each client also has a private nightstand, dresser and a shared closet.
Clients are responsible for their own groceries and meal preparation, which is conducted in fully equipped kitchens. Amenities include wifi, cable TV, all utilities and free laundry facilities.
House managers live on the premises.
Rules and Regulations
Prior to admittance, individuals must have undergone detox and have remained clean and sober for a minimum of 72 hours. As with many other 12-step based sober living homes, residents must attend regular AA/NA meetings.
Initially, residents must attend 90 meetings in 90 days and after that time, they can step down to three weekly meetings—but are encouraged to attend more. Besides AA/NA, clients may attend outpatient group therapy, church services and Celebrate Recovery meetings which count towards the weekly meeting requirement.
Clients must obtain and maintain active working relationships with feasible sponsors. They must work their steps, and follow their sponsors’ direction which may include getting a home group and picking up a 12-step meeting commitment. An appointment with a sponsor also counts towards the weekly meeting quota.
Other requirements include attendance of a weekly house meeting, performing household chores, actively looking for a job or working, pursuing an academic education or—for clients on disability benefits—volunteering in the local community.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. At Slater Street, a zero tolerance policy is practiced towards relapsed residents, who must leave the premises immediately to ensure the safety of the entire household.
The curfew is 11 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and 12:30 am on Fridays and Saturdays. Slater Street works with clients whose jobs extend past curfew.
Slater Street is located in close proximity to public transit, local colleges, a shopping plaza and an abundance of 12-step meetings.
For clients who want a sense of their own space, as well as those who want to be part of a family-style environment, Slater Street sounds like a great option. Houses are tidy and comfortably furnished, and the structured requirements help prepare clients for living autonomously. For those who have recently completed an inpatient or residential program, this built-in recovery community is likely a safe place to transition back to independence.
Slater Street SLE, LLC
1400-1420 Slater St
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Slater Street SLE Cost: $800 (30 days, not including a $500 deposit). Reach Slater Street SLE by phone at (707) 326-1926 or (707) 623-2785 or by email. Find Slater Street SLE at Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn
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