Located in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, A Work in Progress in Chatsworth has offered women in recovery safe and sober living since 2007. As their name suggests, they believe that each client is “a work in progress” and deserves time in a protected environment to heal. Founder Elizabeth Sanchez and house manager Carla Luna are both CADCs and specialize in providing support to women with co-occurring disorders.
Accommodations and Amenities
The beige-colored stucco house has brown trim and a slanted roof. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, the house includes a private backyard with a barbeque, patio table and chairs. A lush pink bougainvillea crawls on a brick wall and adds bursts of color. Rose bushes, exotic potted plants, and wind chimes add decor. The house includes six bedrooms, a large kitchen, spacious living, dining room and four bathrooms.
While two bedrooms are reserved for staff, the other four accommodate 13 clients. There are double, triple and two quadruple-occupancy rooms. The spacious rooms are furnished with twin beds and dressers. Amenities include computer workstations, a washer and dryer and Wi-Fi. A Work in Progress is pet-friendly. Breed-restricted dogs, including pit bulls are allowed provided that the pooches pass a doggy interview with staff. There is an additional $100 pet fee per month.
While residents are responsible for their own breakfasts and lunches, house management goes grocery shopping once a week to purchase fresh food for five weekly dinners. Residents rotate and take turns preparing the evening meals. A typical entrée is grilled chicken breast, fresh veggies and rice. The women, including staff, eat dinner together.
Rules and Regulations
A typical stay varies depending on each client’s needs. At A Work in Progress, there is the belief that the longer a woman stays the better the outcome will be, regarding her recovery and her mental state of mind. Weekly requirements include keeping a positive attitude with housemates, performing household chores, being at three in-house meetings, and attending a minimum of three 12-step meetings. The curfew is 11 pm Sundays to Thursdays, and midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Some clients attend outpatient treatment at local drug rehabs including Valley Women’s Center, A Step in the Right Direction-Intensive Outpatient Treatment Center and Discovery Transitions Outpatient Drug Rehab. A Work in Progress has zero tolerance for clients who are caught using or drinking, or who have tested positive on a drug and alcohol screening.
The San Fernando Valley offers a plentiful amount of 12-step meetings, coffee houses, shopping malls and public transportation. Chatsworth is home to many parks, which include hiking routes, jogging paths, horseback riding trails and picnic tables with barbeque pits.
A Work in Progress has the benefit of on-site managers who are professionally trained and privy to the underlying issues that can surface when a woman gets clean and sober. This house provides a safe and highly structured environment, which assures that a woman can work on her recovery without any outside distractions. And being allowed to bring Fido along for the ride can add additional benefits to the healing process. This is a great choice for women who are eager to embrace a 12-step way of life and can’t bear to leave their dogs behind.
A Work in Progress
21717 Vintage Street
Chatsworth, CA 91311
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