SELF EVALUATION: Are you motivated to operate a Sober Living Home because of Service or Profit?
Operating a Sober Living Home is the perfect partnership between altruism and business. Both of these perspectives are vital in the success and longevity of the home, and this balance should be a part of the Owner’s character makeup.
This sort of venture requires business acumen and fortitude. There will be times when the home must succumb to city inspections or evaluations, respond to formal complaints from people within the community, etc., and your ability to maintain a calm demeanor will affect your success in navigating these waters.
Another aspect of this business perspective is to know the law as it relates to Safe and Sober Living Homes. Federal Fair Housing Laws consider the newly sober to be disabled, which means they are legally allowed to live in any community. City officials may try to place restrictions on Owners/ Managers in this area, but the reality is that the home is covered under Federal law and is not in violation when it exists within city limits. That said, we suggest taking your Sober Living Home to a new level of greatness by making sure it is the best cared-for and maintained property on the street! Fight the stigma of negative Media coverage by managing your home in a manner that tells your neighbors that you care about the productivity and well being of the residents.
Keeping the peace within the home is more important than standing on principle.
One area where altruism and service are valuable filters is in teaching your residents to pay their bills. These folks often struggle financially and can feel a sense of overwhelm when trying to juggle finances. As a SAFE home, your example in money management, collection with heart, and consistency will set the tone for their learning. There may be times where you decide to float a resident who displays great drive and hope, giving him that extra help when it’s most vital. Many within our homes have needed this patience and then, when more stable, have shown great compassion and assistance for others in their former state.
Teaching is not the only area where your Management skills and patience will be vital. Homes need to secure their safety by conducting regular and consistent Urinalysis and Breathalyzer testing. Your ability to resolve potential conflict and bring down the tone of a situation will prove invaluable during these times. This is where a heart of service demonstrates itself so clearly.
There is one statement that will always guide you: Lead by example.