Platform

Vanderburgh Communities Platform

Vanderburgh Communities offers the Vanderburgh House system to Operators as a franchise system. We offer a platform of training, services, and systems to help our Operators be successful. This platform is our way of supporting the success of our Operators and furthering our mission to see more and to see better housing opportunities for men and women in recovery.

The mission of our platform is to meet three key objectives:

  • Ensure the business success of our Operators
  • Ensure the positive impact of our Operator’s homes on their residents
  • Promote the idea of sober housing as an essential element of the continuum of care; a noble and valuable service for those struggling with substance use disorder

What We Offer

Professional Training

Our training services are truly comprehensive, ranging from how to impact your residents, how to train your House Managers, how to handle emergency situations, outreach best practices, and how to run a profitable business, file taxes, and navigate the regulatory landscape.

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Real Estate

Real estate acquisition is often the most significant roadblock for new operators. Our solution is to work with you to find the home(s) you want in the community you want to serve. You agree to lease the home, and we work with our affiliated impact real estate fund to buy the home, renovate the home, furnish the home, and provide it to you on a long-term lease.

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System

Reaching and impacting the lives of those in recovery is a difficult task, but building and running a business in order to do so is even more difficult. Our System is a complete home-in-a-box. This system includes all handbooks, template documents, certification support, software, policies, resident and House Manager resources, and other back-end resources.

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Support & Service

We are here to support our Operators every step of the way. Our Operators have unlimited access to our team, our resources, our software, advice, and support. Our Operators are branded as Vanderburgh House recovery communities, accessing our marketing, website, print media, and outreach support services.

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Estimated Typical Startup Costs

Vanderburgh Communities

  • $15,000 Initial Franchise Fee

    The Franchise Fee is paid to Vanderburgh Communities, up front, to cover initial training and establishing you as our franchisee.

Real Estate Costs

  • $3,000 - $24,000 Site Lease Deposit. Estimated up-front real estate lease costs, including first month's payment, last month's payment, and security deposit.

  • $4,000 - $18,000 Leasehold Improvements, Furnishings, & Supplies. Home fixtures and furnishing. Some homes may be leased with furnishing, which is recommended.

Other Possible Startup Costs

  • $1,000 - $6,000 Computer Hardware & Services

  • $1,500 - $2,500 Initial Drug Screening Supplies

  • $1,000 - $4,500 Architectural Review

  • $1,000 - $4,000 Office Supplies & Equipment

  • $500 - $2,000 Training-Related Travel, Lodging & Meals (if coming from out-of-state)

  • $500 - $3,500 Pre-Opening Advertising

  • $500 - $6,000 Certification Costs

  • $500 - $2,500 Insurance Deposits and Premiums

  • $0 - $2,000 Utility Deposits

  • $1,000 - $4,000 Professional Fees

  • $8,500 - $18,000 Recommended Reserves (3 months)

Ongoing Fees

In addition to normal operating costs of the home, Vanderburgh Communities charges an Ongoing Service Fee and administers a Marketing Fund in service of all Vanderburgh House homes. These fees are additional to other operating costs.

Ongoing Service Fee

Our Ongoing Service Fee is a percentage of revenue collected, paid monthly, to cover our costs of our support of your organization, shared services like software and website maintenance, and our support staff who are accessible to our Operators as needed.

Marketing Fund

Each Vanderburgh House Operator contributes to a marketing fund. These funds are spent only on marketing the Vanderburgh House franchised homes through web, print, social media, search, and paid advertising activities. We look to our Operators for input on how we should spend these funds in service of the Vanderburgh House homes.

Expectations

Reasonable Expectations

Pre-launch

Time and capital investment 5-15 hours per week

First year

Growth and learning curve 20-30 hours per week

Second year

Structure and system are refined Possible expansion, new homes

Ongoing

Professional development, personal growth, building your recovery community

Possible Challenges

Vacancy

Empty beds, uncollected rents

Cashflow

Unmanaged cashflow, bills unpaid

Poerational

Policies not followed, standards not enforced

Business

Fire, weather, resident concerns, sickness, or other events