The Cottages provide safe, clean, structured housing for women in recovery. Our family-like environment is warm and friendly and guests usually stay between three and six months, or even longer. There is not a maximum stay at The Cottages. Guests are welcome to stay as long as they need to if they are able to abide by the rules and the structure. There is, however, a minimum stay of 30 days as a monthly commitment creates a more stable environment. With only eight women in each home, two per room, there is ample space to start lying the foundation for new life changes to take place. With our loving dogs and each other, the ladies are rarely lonely. Although there are pets on the premises, unfortunately, outside animals are not accepted.
The Cottages structure involves a weekly alumni AA Big Book Meeting which is Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. or a weekly alumni AA 12-step meeting Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. depending on the location. Dinner is provided at 6:00 p.m. and along with meeting, it is a great time for fellowship, a safe place to share recovery, and a good way to connect with the other guests living in the home.
The Cottages participates in The Hands of Mercy food bank who receive food from quality vendors and also receive donations from Starbucks. Along with other fresh vegetables, herbs, lemons, and avocados from The Cottages garden, there is plenty of house food for guests who share many meals together. Eating together is valuable as it creates an intimate time of sharing and unity. The ladies take turns cooking and cleaning, so as well as "breaking bread" together, the ladies also learn valuable life skills.
There is also an in-house meditation meeting Saturday morning at 9 a.m. followed by a house meeting which allows time to talk about house issues and rules. It is also the time to come together as a group and work as a team to clean for the up coming week. For those that lack cleaning skills, ample opportunity is provided to learn how to clean.
Are The Cottages for you?
Yes The Cottages are structured, yes you are expected to follow the house rules and be accountable, and yes we are serious about recovery. The Cottages has helped hundreds of women recover from the deadly disease of addiction and you can be helped too, if you are willing.