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Vanderburgh House Knowledge Base Overview & Introduction

Vanderburgh House Vision

Welcome to the Vanderburgh House family. Vanderburgh House is a collaborative of structured sober home communities where those in recovery live together as a family to develop the tools and strengthen their character in order to live free from substance abuse. Our homes allow for independence; however, they are guided by a set of recovery-focused house rules, standards, and expectations. The core of our structure is abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Residents are engaged in their personal recovery journey by attending meetings and working with a sponsor and our House Manager for support and encouragement. Residents adhere to a curfew, submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and participate in home and community events.

 

  • Residents live independently in a home for men, women, or a coed home
  • Rooms are typically shared with one or more peers
  • Residents pay rent weekly or monthly
  • Each home is led by a House Manager
  • Our homes are convenient, comfortable, affordable, and supportive
  • Residents live according to our Resident Handbook and House Rules

 

 

Vanderburgh House Overview

We build recovery communities where men and women in recovery live together as a family in a structured sober house, building a new life free from substance use. Our homes allow for guided independence; residents abide by recovery-focused house rules while working on the goals they have for their life. Residents are engaged in their personal recovery journey by attending meetings and working with a sponsor and our House Manager for support and encouragement. Residents adhere to a curfew, submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and participate in home and community events.

Tagline:                        Building recovery communities

Motto:                          We grow stronger together

Mission:                       Our mission is to build sober home communities where our residents are supported in their recovery journey.

Vision:                         We see a world where every person in recovery has access to a supportive, healthy, and safe home environment built on respect, focused on recovery, and led by peers.

Other short descriptive lines:  Recovery-focused, peer-supported sober living communities.

 

Our Residents

Our residents are each in different places in their personal recovery journey. We welcome new residents who are committed to living a life of continued sobriety. Applicants must be over 18 years old and have not used drugs or alcohol within 14 days.

  • Residents live independently in a home for men, women, or a coed home
  • Rooms are typically shared with one or more peers
  • Residents pay rent weekly or monthly; we don’t accept health insurance
  • Each home is lead by a House Manager
  • Our homes are convenient, comfortable, affordable, and supportive
  • Residents live according to our Resident Handbook and House Rules

Applications are accepted on our website, as well as faxed, e-mailed, or over the phone. We carefully screen each application and conduct a telephone screen prior to approval to ensure a good fit in our homes.

 

Affiliations

We are proud to be a Certified B Corporation® and many chartered homes are members of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (“NARR”) through certification by state affiliates.

 

Vision Statement

We see a world where every person in recovery has access to a supportive, healthy, and safe home environment. In a structured, recovery-focused recovery community, residents can be engaged and supported in their personal recovery journey. Our values are based on the belief that successful recovery requires a supportive home structure, free from triggers, built on respect, focused on recovery, and led by peers, and which fosters a connection with others.

 

For recovery homes to be effective, they must be accessible and affordable. They must be led with a recovery focus by those they serve. Rules must be enforced diligently and equitably.

 

 

Our Values

Recovery Focused: Recovery is the cornerstone of Vanderburgh House. Our policies, leadership, and culture are all built to support our residents in their personal recovery journeys.

Community: Each of our homes is a recovery community, led by the residents, and connected by the shared desire to build a better life for themselves without drugs or alcohol.

Accessible: Our homes are affordable to every member of the global recovery community with a straightforward application process, transparent approval criteria, and reasonable costs.

Independent: Each resident is responsible for their personal and individual recovery journey. We do not direct action; we coach, support, and mentor our brothers and sisters in recovery.

 

 

Handbook Organization

Welcome to the Vanderburgh House Operator Handbook. This Handbook provides our sober living Operators with the policy framework from which to manage a home in the Vanderburgh House collaborative according to our system. In order to protect the reputation and goodwill of Vanderburgh House and to maintain high standards of operation under the Vanderburgh House marks, Operators must conduct themselves and their business in accordance with this Handbook. If you need assistance with this Handbook or the online resources which accompany it, please contact our office.

 

Organization

This Operator Handbook contains an organized and comprehensive guide to the operation of a Vanderburgh House home and organization. This Handbook is written to cover the responsibilities of the Operator. These responsibilities are grouped into a set of roles. Each of these roles can be done by one individual or team (an Operator or Operators) or can be delegated to one or more staff members (Operations Manager, Outreach Coordinator, or Intake Specialist). The handbook addresses safety guidelines, uniform requirements, training of staff, home inspection checklists, cleaning guidelines, and ongoing marketing and advertising considerations. This manual also serves as a business resource by providing numerous forms you will need in the ongoing operation of your business.

 

Ownership of the Handbook

This handbook is owned and is the property of Vanderburgh IP, LLC. You are allowed to borrow this handbook for your use. The handbook shall at all times remain the sole property of Vanderburgh IP, LLC and shall at all times be kept in a secure place at the Operator’s place of business or other approved location. No reproductions of this Handbook can be made without express written authorization from Vanderburgh Communities.

 

Importance of Confidentiality

This Handbook is highly confidential and is protected by copyright. You must, at all times, treat this Handbook and all other Vanderburgh House resources, and the information contained therein, as confidential and must use all reasonable efforts to maintain such information as secret and confidential. You may not, at any time. copy, duplicate, record, or otherwise reproduce the foregoing materials, in whole or in part, nor otherwise make the same available to any unauthorized person.

 

Keeping the Handbook Current

Vanderburgh House may, from time to time, revise the contents of the Handbook, and Operators must comply with each new or revised standard. You must ensure that your copy of this Handbook is current. In the event of any dispute as to the contents of the Handbook, the terms of the master copy of the Handbook maintained by Vanderburgh House at the Vanderburgh House headquarters shall be controlling. A master copy of the Operator Handbook and all updates can be accessed form an authorized representative of Vanderburgh House.

 

 

 

Submitting Suggestions

We welcome suggestions and comments on this Handbook. Please email them to us at [email protected].

 

Disclaimer

This Handbook and its contents are for guidance only and cannot ensure the success of your business venture. Your success is dependent on your efforts and the specific business environment in which you operate. We will work with you and be available for assistance but cannot guarantee your success.

 

Code of Ethics

Everyone at all Vanderburgh House organizations commit to follow these principles:

  • We commit to assess each potential resident’s needs and determine whether the level of support we offer is appropriate. If a resident needs additional support, we provide appropriate referrals.
  • Value diversity and non-discrimination.
  • Provide a safe, home-like environment that meets NARR-affiliate certification standards
  • Maintain an alcohol- and illicit-drug-free environment.
  • Honor individuals’ rights to choose their recovery paths within the parameters defined by the sober home.
  • Protect the privacy, confidentiality and personal rights of each resident.
  • Provide consistent and uniformly applied rules.
  • Provide for the health, safety and welfare of each resident.
  • Address each resident fairly in all situations.
  • Encourage residents to sustain relationships with professionals, recovery support service providers and allies.
  • Take appropriate action to stop intimidation, bullying, sexual harassment and/or otherwise threatening behavior of residents, staff and visitors within the sober home.
  • Take appropriate action to stop retribution, intimidation, or any negative consequences that could occur as the result of a grievance or complaint.
  • Provide consistent, fair practices for drug testing that promote the resident’s recovery and the health and safety of the recovery environment and protect the privacy of resident information.
  • Provide an environment where each resident’s recovery needs are the primary factors in all decision making.
  • Promote the home with marketing or advertising that is supported by accurate, open and honest claims.
  • Sustain transparency in operational and financial decisions.
  • Maintain clear personal and professional boundaries.
  • Operate within the sober home’s scope of service
  • Maintain an environment that promotes the peace, safety, and community cohesion of the surrounding neighborhood and the community at large.

 

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