Founded in 2009 in Westminster, Maryland, by recovering addict Tim Weber, Weber Sober Homes provides two transitional living homes for men in early recovery. Weber, who has been clean and sober, since 2003, is also the author of Gutters and Roses, an autobiography of his own battle with addiction. In 2015, Weber turned over control of the sober living enterprise to his wife Kathy because he took a job with the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office as the Drug Treatment and Education Liaison. Using his new position, Weber continues to be an advocate for strong addiction prevention and recovery programs.
Accommodations and Amenities
Weber Sober Homes includes two houses on the same street. The homes are both named for special people in WEber’s life who lost their lives as a result of the disease of addiction. The main house is the Joey V. House, named in the memory of Joey Vennari, who was one of Tim Weber’s best friends. The other home is called The Stone Wall, named in honor of Weber’s cousin, Stoney Sellers who was nicknamed “Stone Wall Jackson.”
The Stone Wall is a one-story colonial, while the Joey V. House is a brick bungalow with green trim. Each house accommodates seven men, who are lodged in single or double-occupancy rooms. Bedrooms include twin beds, dressers and a closet. Clients are asked to bring only items that they absolutely need, as storage space is sparse.
The Joey V. house features a meeting room, complete with the 12 steps and 12 traditions wall-hanging, chairs, and recovery literature. Furnishings are comfortable, yet practical. Residents are responsible for their own groceries, and meals are prepared in homey, fully-equipped kitchens. Amenities include Wi-Fi, cable TV and laundry rooms. Smoking is permitted outside, in designated areas only. House managers live on site.
Rules and Regulations
The average length of stay for the guys of Weber House is between three and five months. The organization is deeply rooted in the 12 steps, and while the rules are simple, they are taken seriously. There is a zero tolerance policy when it comes to relapse, theft, lying and covering up another resident’s use of drugs or alcohol. These behaviors warrant immediate eviction from the house.
Clients must attend 90 meetings in 90 days, and provide proof of meeting attendance on Wednesdays. After completing 90 in 90, they have to go to at least five weekly meetings. Those who don’t comply are kicked out of the house. The curfew is 10 pm Sundays through Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. When the clock hits the appropriate curfew hour, the doors are locked. Residents who try to sneak in a latecomer are immediately discharged. Those who work past curfew have to inform the house manager in advance, so that they can be admitted into the residence. Performance of household chores, as well as being at the house meeting is mandated.
Unemployed clients must be out of the house between nine am and three pm, Mondays through Fridays, and employment must be obtained within two weeks of arrival. Those who don’t find a job within that time frame have to leave the house. In addition to random drug testing, Weber Sober Homes employs a drug dog named Zuka, a Belgian Malinois, who is brought in to sniff residents’ rooms, ensuring the safety of the household.
Besides sober living, the Webers are founders of the Weber Addiction Group, which offers interventions and a school program, designed to help youngsters learn about the dangers of substance addiction.
On paper, Weber Sober Homes might come off as sober living boot camp, but Weber takes recovery and his clients’ welfare to heart. He often stops by the homes to hang out with residents, and make sure that they are doing okay. This is a great program for men who really want to work the steps, and share a strong camaraderie. For men looking to jump into a life of steps, new friends and sober structure, this is an awesome choice.
Weber Sober Homes
818 Littlestown Pike
Westminster, MD 21157
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