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Transitional Housing Ministry
Freedom for Life Ministries, Inc.


Mission Statement
The mission of the Sober Living Program is to offer a safe, supportive environment in a family setting for men and women in recovery.

The Sober Living Program
Housing will be located in Little Rock, Pine Bluff, Hot Springs, Danville, Eldorado & other surrounding areas of Arkansas. 
The Sober Living Center Program is for men and women in recovery who are experiencing a life transition such as:
Recent completion of a treatment program for substance abuse, but not yet ready to live independently.
New to recovery and desiring strong support and involvement with the 12-step program, and/or
Experiencing a life crisis and in need of a safe, supportive environment.

Sober Living Centers
A monthly fee includes:
A shared room all utilities in a beautiful, furnished home, conveniently located in a safe neighborhood with access to public transportation.
Access to information regarding 12 step events, retreats and workshops related to recovery.
Manager with long-term recovery and experience in the field of addiction.

The Executive Summary
The primary mission of the Sober Living Program is to promote the establishment, successful management and growth of high quality community-based recovery services. We envision the day when every recovering addict and alcoholic in need can avail themselves of these services. We are far from that situation today. Demand for quality sober housing far exceeds supply. That is particularly true for housing that is accessible to those of limited or modest means.
The Sober Living Center Program is one of many programs that Freedom for Life Ministries, Inc. offers in partnership with an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We seek to provide efficient housing for the management of sober living facilities. Our larger mission, however, is to promote individual recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, and in that respect we serve the community at large.

Freedom for Life Ministries, Inc. a nonprofit organization. FFLM has partnered with experienced program providers (Mattie Hicks Living Center, Richard Allen Living Center and the 12th Episcopal District AME Living Center) to develop its Sober Living Program, which is dedicated to promoting excellence in the operation and management of sober living and other community recovery support resources. Currently the men and women in central Little Rock find safety and support in quality sober living each year. This program has shown sober living to be tremendously effective in promoting long-term recovery from alcoholism and addiction.
The success of existing sober living houses suggest that sober living should play a prominent role in publicly supported efforts to combat the social toll of addiction and drug dependency. However sober living is virtually ignored by most governmental sources of funding.

The Sober Living Center provides a range of community services, including:
Development and promotion of quality assurance standards for sober living houses;
Direct assistance to homes serving at-risk men and women
The Network is a voice for adequate recognition, respect and legitimacy for community recovery support resources.
We're a resource to local and state governmental and administrative bodies on the policy implications of regulations concerning drug and alcohol rehabilitation and treatment, as well as land use and zoning issues that affect the health and viability of community recovery resources.

Our Mission to Educate Our Community
Market Analysis
Description & Outlook
Unless you live in, know a friend or family member, or are associated with the field of recovery, the term "Sober Living Home" may be somewhat of an enigma to you. Sober living homes are often mistakenly referred to as a Halfway House, Rehab Home, Recovery Support Home, Boarding Home, Shelter, Hostel, and even in some cases (mostly derogatory) as a "Flop House". While some sober living homes may provide some of these services, most do not.

Support to Recovery Community
Freedom for Life Ministries, Inc. Sober Living Center Program provides sober living homes that are affordable, alcohol and drug free environments that provide a positive place for peer group recovery support.  Sober housing promotes individual recovery by providing an environment that allows the residents to develop individual recovery programs and become self-supporting.

Assurance of Excellent Standards
Quality assurance is achieved and maintained through membership in a sober living coalition or network.  These coalitions and networks proved self-governance and self-regulation through peer reviews and inspections.  Members are required to meet excellent standards in health, safety and management guidelines.  The homes maintain alcohol and drug free environments with resident initiated and maintained recovery support activities.

What is our focus in Recovery
None are acute detoxification or treatment centers but several have a referral listing of detoxification hospitals and outpatient treatment centers.

Description & Outlook
FFLM’s typical sober living home is a single-family residence, duplex or multi-unit complex located in a quiet residential neighborhood. The residents are required to follow a strict set of house rules. Violation of the rules can result in assessment of minor financial fines, or immediate ejection from the home.

The single most common rule is a zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol. This includes normal everyday medicine cabinet items as, mouthwash, cold medicines, and after-shave or food items such as vanilla. Most sober living homes do random or surprise drug and alcohol testing. Other zero tolerance rules include, violence, threats of violence, fighting, harassment, theft, sex on the premises and unexcused absence or violation of curfews.

Description & Outlook
Each resident is required to be financially self-supporting, paying their own rent, and purchasing their own food. The residents are required to be employed. All residents are required to attend a minimum number of weekly 12 Step meetings, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, or Cocaine Anonymous.

Living is very communal in a sober living home. Depending on the size of the home or unit, the occupancy can range from 5 to 12 residents per home or unit. All residents share a bedroom with at least one other resident. The latter living in barracks style bunk beds. Most sober homes are gender specified. There are no co-ed sober homes.

Description & Outlook
Each resident will perform an assigned daily chore around the house. The house will be cleaned from top to bottom each day. Dirty dishes left in the sink, clothes, or towels lying around will not be tolerated.

Rent in a sober living home can range from $100 to $150 per week, with the norm ranging form $400 to $600 per month. Location, occupant density, and services provided are the primary factors affecting rents. There are no security deposits, no first and last month, and no credit checks performed. Utilities are included.

Many homes allow rent to be paid on a weekly basis. The only requirement for residency is a desire to stay clean and sober, follow the house rules and pay your rent timely. Any additional amenities such as paid television services and Internet will be at the discretion and paid for by the residents.

The Sober Living Program has its origins in R.K. Young A.M.E.
The Sober Living Program has its origins in R.K. Young A.M.E. church’s independently operated sober living homes in the Little Rock, Arkansas area. This church decided to clean up its neighborhood and extend its ministry by providing much needed services to their residents and the community.

Today, this church represents over 5 sober living homes in central Little Rock’s Pulaski County.

Fourteen Years of Sober Living
Each Sober Living Center has independent, but largely similar membership criteria and acceptance guidelines. The organizations administer the inspection programs that ensure each member home meets health, safety, cleanliness, management and ethical guidelines.

Organization & Management

Provides training to prospective Sober Living Center Board Member Mayor Veronica Post.

Mrs. Susan English, Vice President:
Shares a moment with:
Natalie Hunnicutt a Trained Mentor
for Residents in the Spiritual Aftercare

FFLM’S Mission Is To Partner with Community Leaders to Develop Sober Living Centers in Arkansas
Training of Center Board Members
Program Evaluation
Long Term Advisory Assistance
Program Development
Community Education
Spiritual Aftercare for Residents

Hot Springs Sober Living Center
FFLM’S , Inc. Sober Living Center
House of Hope Hot Springs, Arkansas
Down Town Historical District

Property is being renovated.

Former DCC Residents of Southeast Center Warden Phyllis Silas, Center Chaplain Randolph Martin meet to discuss renovations.

Transitional Housing Ministry
Bishop Shirley Sanders, Director
Sister Bambi Waller, Executive Assistant
Sister Susan English, Advisory Board Member