Get Started

Get Started

We are delighted that you are considering working with Vanderburgh Communities and your dedication to serving men and women in recovery. Our Operators are franchisees of Vanderburgh Communities; their homes are managed using the Vanderburgh House system.

For more information, schedule a call with us.

Build a New Community

Just getting started? Most of our Operators began their journey with a dream to open a business and build a better world. Most of our Operators are new to the sober house business and opened their first home with the Vanderburgh House system. Operators need to have passion for business and serving those in recovery, but don’t need any special training or education to open their sober house. Our training and Operator development services cover all aspects of the business and can bring any new Operator up to speed quickly so they can make an impact and build wealth.

Convert an Existing Community

Do you own a sober house but want more from your work? Get in touch with Vanderburgh Communities and we can show you how to increase your impact as well as your bottom line. We have worked with many existing recovery home Operators, called “conversion franchisees”, to transition their business to operate on the Vanderburgh House system. These Operators have enjoyed better visibility, lower operating costs, higher margins, and significant expansion of their business using the Vanderburgh House system.

Current Opportunities

Current opportunities include established sober house businesses or a search for sober living Operators to locate in communities of interest. These opportunities may have traction and some may have history of existing operations. For more information, contact us or apply to become a Vanderburgh House franchised sober house Operator.

Business For Sale

14-bed home for men in Worcester, Massachusetts

Business For Sale

16-bed home for men in Springfield, Massachusetts

Operator for New Community

Sober house operator needed in Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Operator for New Community

Sober house operator needed in Southbridge, Massachusetts

Apply to Become an Operator

Interested Operators should possess a passion for service, aptitude for business, and desire to work as a team to accomplish your goals. Direct experience is not required, but an ideal candidate should have a helping spirit and entrepreneurial ambition.

  • Apply Online

    The first step in our process is to complete our online franchise application. Upon confidential review of your information and preliminary approval, we will notify you of our mutual interest. We will need to collect certain documentation which we will share with you along the way. Interested Operators (franchisees) should possess a passion for service, aptitude for business, and desire to work as a team to accomplish your goals. Direct experience is not required, but an ideal candidate should have a helping spirit and entrepreneurial ambition.

  • Application Approval

    Vanderburgh Communities will evaluate your application and the information you have provided. We may collect financial statements, credit history, and background information. We reserve the right for a second interview if it becomes necessary. You will receive a franchise agreement upon executive team approval.

  • Visit Us

    After we have worked together to explore the opportunity of working together, we will invite you to visit us in Worcester to tour our facilities and get to know each other. This is essentially an interview process for all parties prior to being awarded a franchise. During this visit, you will receive an in-depth presentation from key departments regarding our franchise opportunity, and meet our executive staff and management team. You will see first-hand how our homes are run and managed, from the back-office business management functions, to the residents and the impact we have on their lives.

  • Franchise Agreement

    After receiving your franchise agreement and waiting fourteen calendar days, you will then execute your agreement and send in the initial franchise fee. Once the agreement and franchise fee have been received and finalized, you will be an official franchisee.

  • Training and Orientation

    This is a required one-day orientation class which should be scheduled and completed within the first 60 days of becoming a Vanderburgh Communities franchisee. Here, we will discuss all the steps involved with opening your home(s), including budgeting, financing, planning, site selection, ordering, construction, and more. Once complete, you will schedule a meeting with our real estate department to begin the site selection process, which is the first step towards getting your doors open.

  • Opening Day!

    This is your big day! Don’t worry, our team will be there to help you through every step of the process. We will continue to provide you with ongoing support to ensure your home succeeds.