Answers to Neighborhood Questions
What kind of benefits are there for me to have a Fairhaven Recovery Home in my neighborhood?
Fairhaven is the home in your neighborhood where you know the use of alcohol or drugs is NOT happening. We also take pride in the fact that we provide a solution to the increasing unlawful drug use and crime rate in our country. Also helping to recover our family morals upon which this nation was founded, by encouraging healthy morals back into the lives of our members.
How or why did you choose this neighborhood?
We choose good neighborhoods that a home is available in. A respectable neighborhood that is close to the bus line, close to town for easy access to shopping and members' needs. Being in a good neighborhood allows the members of the home to take pride in their community and to not feel like outcasts.
What kind of relationships do you have with neighbors?
We strive to have very healthy relationships with our neighbors. Our recovery homes are a place for people who are maintaining a clean and sober life, going to school and/or working, with a few who are on SSI/SSD or retired. Our goal is to keep the home as clean and well-kept as the surrounding neighborhood or better. We have families and children and so do the members and we prefer to be part of the neighborhood, not outsiders. The structure of the living arrangement is Christ-centered with high moral standards
We have (GNA'S) "Good Neighbor Agreement" UPON REQUEST: This is where we will meet with the neighbors who are near the Fairhaven House in question at a City Hall/Library with a city mediator and agree to reasonable terms and conditions requested of the neighbors
We are told this is a Christ-Centered recovery home. How does this work? Do they have mandatory Bible studies? Church attendance? Do you have to be a Christian to live their?
The Mentor over the home is a Christian. There are specific rules for members including a probationary period of 30 days. During this period, members are expected to be home if not at work, treatment, school, Job search or other similar activities that are positive for their recovery and moving forward. A curfew of 10 p.m. on weekdays and midnight on weekends is in place at all times for all members. This helps neighborhood concerns on "traffic" and its overall safety. Each morning there is a devotional session of 10-15 minutes focusing on an AA/NA or Christian daily devotional to start the day and to find out each individuals plan for the day. Twice a week we have a mandatory in-house 12-step recovery meeting.....also a voluntary small home group Bible study. Church attendance is on a voluntary basis. We do not require anyone to go to church or attend the small group bible studies, however our focus is Christ-Centered and living a new clean and sober life in him. You do not have to be a Christian to live here.
What is the minimum/maximum severity of addiction necessary to be allowed to live in your house?
The only requirement to live in the home is to have the desire to maintain a drug and alcohol-free life, get a job, go to school or whatever they need to do to become a productive member of society again.
Is there any sort of vetting or background checks regarding the people who will reside in the home?
Fairhaven asks detailed and probing questions during its application process that helps ensure that the people we allow as members are those who want recovery. While members who live in the home may have been involved in the justice system or have been convicted of past crimes, Fairhaven will not place those convicted of sex offenses, arson, or murder in our homes.
What kind of records do you keep of the people after they leave your house in case you still need to find them or contact them?
We keep our records concerning each member, at least as long as required by law.
How are the people chosen to live there? Do the residents come straight from jail? Are they "sentenced" to live here? How long is a usual residency period?
People choose to live here by their own desire to maintain a clean and sober life, others by referral and still others from a possible variety of places: they may be leaving treatment/recovery services, DHS, Lifeworks, CODA, or they may be referred by their families. The goal for each member is to have a stable, long-term living arrangement for 12 months or more.
Who lives there with them to monitor their daily and evening activity? Will there be someone supervising the home and maintaining rules and conducts? Can we get this person's phone number in case issues come up?
There is one on-site Mentor living in each home. Our Mentors must have a year sobriety, be attending church regularly, have a sponsor and actively working the steps in order to qualify for mentorship. Their role is to provide support and guidance for members. They do not supervise, care for, or provide training or treatment. There is not a "manager" or "supervisor" of the people living there, although there are rules/requirements that members must follow as part of their program, for living there. The Mentor at the home is available to be reached by neighbors, by phone, email or preferably via our Executive Director, John Liebertz (listed below), and we invite neighbors to engage with us, to better our country as a whole. It's better to be a part of something positive than to close our eyes to something negative in our community.
Who is allowed to visit the men or women at the home and how can the neighbors be assured that visitors are not also themselves dealing with addiction? It must be hard to find new friends that support the life changes these people are attempting to make.
How do you keep friends and family who are still involved in the old habits and lifestyle away from the residents? What are the rules about guests? Can they spend the night? One concern is drug dealers and other cling-on's coming into the neighborhood. How often are they drug tested?
The people at the home can have family and friends over to visit. There is no assurance that people who are visiting are not dealing with addiction, but using drugs or alcohol in the home is not allowed by anyone. Most times those in recovery do not socialize or interact with those who are still using drugs and alcohol because there is no longer that relationship based on drug use between them. Guests may come over during specific times but are not allowed to spend the night. Our trusted house Mentors are required to randomly breathalyze and drug test 3-4 times weekly to assure a clean and sober home is being upheld, these drug and breathalyzer results are then logged and are overseen by our executive director on a daily bases.
What outside counseling or services do they receive?
We are not a facility or treatment agency. Those types of services are done by outside agencies that a member gets involved with on their own, either prior to coming to Fairhaven or during their stay if applicable to their recovery needs. There is not a specific structured counseling service that every person needs or receives. Each person has their own path and requirements for their personal recovery, be that employment, school, outpatient treatment or other structured plan for each day that meets their needs.
What are residents recovering from? Alcohol, prescription drugs, meth use? Is there a difference in the recovery process for a certain type of drug? Have they already gone through the detoxification process?
People living in the home are recovering from addiction to drugs or alcohol. Each person has their own path to recovery and there is no way to generalize about the recovery process, length of time, or possible linkages to justice involved activity. People who have come to live at the recovery home have already gone through the detoxification process.
If we were to try to sell our home are we required to disclose this as part of listing info or sale?
There is no requirement to disclose the presence of a recovery home if property owners list their home for sale.
I'm sure you know that this use of a home can be upsetting to many neighbors. We realize these homes are much needed. So we need to make it work.
How can neighbors contribute to successful life changes for the residents?
We would encourage neighbors to come to the home and meet those that are living there. Please call the Executive Director, John Liebertz listed below, with any concerns, if something appears improper or to schedule an opportunity to meet those in the home if desired. Our mentors are proud of the work they are doing in these homes and desire to be part of the neighborhood. The doors are always open and neighbors are encouraged to visit. A knock on the door, a phone call, an invite to church or simply a basket of cookies is encouraged.
Fairhaven is a Christ-centered clean and sober home. We help those who have the desire to change their thinking and their behaviors and we try to show them how to live by example. Fairhaven saves lives and is a heart transforming home for those who want recovery... We are here to serve the community and county by offering our services for those individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction. Please feel free to call if anyone knows of someone who is suffering...
These recovery homes are operated by:
Fairhaven Recovery Homes
John & Candace Liebertz