Founded in 1976 in Loretto, Minnesota, Vinland National Center provides residential treatment for men and women, ages 18 and older, who have substance abuse issues combined with brain injuries, mental illness or learning/cognitive disabilities. Besides providing inpatient care, Vinland National Center also offers outpatient treatment at its Minneapolis location. In conjunction with Living Works ventures, Vinland National Center also provides Lodge Living, which is three co-ed sober living homes in the St. Paul and Minneapolis areas. These quaint homes cater to newly clean and sober clients who are dually diagnosed with a cognitive impairment as well as a substance use disorder.
Accommodations and Amenities
Lodge Living includes one regal colonial-style duplex, along with a Colonial-style building. The supportive housing program accommodates a total of 29 men and women. Clients reside in private rooms with full-sized beds, closets, vintage style lamps, old-fashioned end tables and armchairs. The rooms have attached bathrooms.
Amenities include cable TV, laundry facilities and house computers with Internet. While transportation is provided for appointments and grocery shopping, the houses are located in close proximity to public transportation.
On-site staff is limited, but readily available in emergencies. A lodge coordinator checks in with residents on a regular basis. Smoking is permitted outside in designated areas only.
The residences have spacious fully equipped kitchens, including refrigerators with ice dispensers, and kitchen islands where meals can be prepared or where clients can cook as a team. Clients take turns purchasing groceries as well as preparing meals. Since Lodge Living applicants must meet the criteria for being homeless, many residents qualify for food stamp assistance, which helps towards buying food.
Rules and Regulations
At Lodge Living, some clients have successfully graduated from Vinland National Center’s inpatient or outpatient programs. All residents must be in recovery from substance abuse and have a cognitive disability. There is no minimum or maximum length of stay, as some clients have lived there for over a year.
With the guidance of the lodge coordinator, residents create their own rules and regulations. This democratically run self-supporting sober living facility follows the principles of an Oxford House, except Living Lodge residents are not mandated to attend 12-step meetings.
Basic requirements here include looking for work, enrolling in school and/or participating in community service work. Some residents attend outpatient treatment at the Vinland National Center.
Random drug and alcohol screenings are conducted. While a zero tolerance policy is enforced, relapsed residents are transported to a safe location or put in touch with relatives.
Vinland National Center provides a comprehensive family program, offered at no-cost for those whose loved ones are in treatment or in supportive housing. Other services include vocational assistance, computer training, mediation, mentoring and life skills coaching.
Lodge Living accommodates financially challenged clients who are in recovery from substance abuse and who are also diagnosed with a cognitive impairment. While the housing facilities offer minimal supervision, they do provide opportunities for residents to live in safe, sober environments, as well as feel part of a family. Vinland National Center’s Lodge Living does not disclose its actual addresses for the safety and privacy of residents.
Vinland National Center
PO Box 308
Loretto, MN 55357
Vinland National Center Sober Living Cost: Sliding scale. Reach Vinland National Center Sober Living by phone at (763) 479-3555. Find Vinland National Center on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube
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