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Open a sober house business with the Vanderburgh House system.

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We help build recovery communities and change lives.

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Sober Houses

Our mission is to help sober house operators build recovery home communities where guests are supported in their recovery journey. Structured sober living is an essential element in the continuum of care; a bridge between clinical treatment and independent living. Sober homes are not treatment programs, but they also aren’t rooming houses; sober houses are a category of their own.

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Social Impact

Sober houses change lives. Recovery communities serve guests who have limited housing options and a desperate need for support and encouragement. A structured sober living environment is often credited as the most important factor for recovery maintenance. Sober house Operators fill the gap between treatment and independent living.

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Business Model

Sober homes are a business and support the livelihood of Operators around the world. guests pay rent to the Operator weekly or monthly. The Operator pays expenses to keep the home open, and the remainder is profit. Successful Operators can build significant wealth while building a better world.

Sober Living

Sober houses offer a powerful opportunity to transition to independent living. When leaving treatment, many men and women have limited options. Independent living is difficult and recovery homes offer an attractive alternative to many other housing options.

Clinical Stabilization

CSS: 12-13 days

Acute Treatment

Detox: 3-5 days

Transitional Support

TSS/halfway house: 2-4 weeks

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Independent Living

3-12 months

Why Sober Homes?

Sober homes offer an opportunity for men and women to live together and support each other while pursuing a new life in recovery.

House Mentors and staff lead and support the guests, helping to ensure a positive recovery environment and strong community.

Our Operators conduct random drug and alcohol screens and enforce house rules and curfew, while each guest helps hold their brothers and sisters accountable.

Guests of sober homes pay simple and low weekly or monthly rent payments which include all costs of living in the home.

Sober House Operators

Operators have made a bold decision to step into business ownership in a meaningful field which impacts the lives of individuals and families across the world. They come from all backgrounds and circumstances but are united by their calling to serve men and women in recovery. We exist to support sober home Operators.


Operators build relationships with individuals and organizations to build a referral base and raise awareness


Review applications, conduct phone screens, approve applicants, schedule move-ins


Collect rents and deposits, record and pay bills, monitor occupancy, and manage paperwork

Crisis Management

Respond to and resolve emergency situations at the home and within the sober house community

Vanderburgh Communities

Desperate for knowledge and capital, many Operators are poorly equipped to open a sober house. Vanderburgh Community was created to offer a platform of services to new and existing sober home Operators. Our brand, Vanderburgh House, is a long-standing recognized name in the recovery industry, and our platform and services are relied on by Operators to reduce risk and improve their business and social impact outcomes. We’ve run sober houses in Massachusetts since 2016 and love to share what we do with our community of sober home operators across North America.

Vanderburgh Communities offers a platform for individuals or groups to run sober homes, called the Vanderburgh Sober Living system

We teach our Operators how to build an organization which can change lives

We show you how to be financially profitable as a sober living Operator

We guide you and offer resources to help you change the world

Our Platform

Professional Training

Our training services are truly comprehensive, ranging from how to impact your guests, how to train House Mentors, 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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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, guest and House Mentor resources, and other back-end resources.

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Support & Services

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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