We exist to ensure access to a supportive, affordable, and sustainable home for each person on a recovery journey.

We see a world where every person in recovery has access to a supportive, healthy, and safe home environment built on respect, focused on recovery, and led by peers.

What is a Sober House?

Community living designed to support the needs of those in early recovery through structure, peer accountability, and organizational oversight.

Sober living homes have House Mentors (house managers) and staff to lead and support recovery communities.

Structured sober living homes offer drug and alcohol screens, curfew, house rules, and peer accountability.

Residency costs are straightforward, affordable, and all-inclusive; rents are typically private pay, most under $200 per week.

Our Model

We offer structured sober houses for men and women where every guest is supported in their recovery journeys. Guests live together as a family to develop the tools and strengthen their character in order to live free from substance abuse. Our homes allow for independence while guided by a set of recovery-focused house rules, standards, and expectations. The core of our structure is abstinence from drugs and alcohol. Guests are engaged in their personal recovery journey by attending meetings and working with a sponsor and our House Mentor for support and encouragement. Guests adhere to a curfew, submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and participate in home and community events.

  • Guests live independently in a gender-specific home
  • Rooms are typically shared with one or more peers
  • Guests pay rent weekly or monthly; we don’t accept health insurance
  • Each home is lead by a House Mentor
  • Our homes are convenient, comfortable, affordable, and supportive
  • Guests live according to our Guest Handbook and House Rules

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Hunter Foote

Founder & Executive Director

Hunter founded Vanderburgh Sober Living in 2016, and led our organization since then--furthering our mission to leverage a novel business structure in order to approach our field in a new way. Hunter has a passion for education and Business Development, having held a faculty position at Harvard University teaching entrepreneurship at the graduate level. Hunter earned his Master’s from Harvard and is conducting doctoral research in social entrepreneurship at Salve Regina University. He enjoys guest lecturing on impact entrepreneurship and helping new entrepreneurs be successful and impact the world.

Kate Saad

Director of Operations

Kate joins Vanderburgh Sober Living with experience in leading a range of recovery programs, from halfway-way houses to state-funded treatment and other clinical programs. She is passionate about the field and leads our team as our Director of Operations. She is accountable for our intake and operator support services and can be found around the office always with a smile on her face, eager to help and support our Operators.

Jessica Thibodeau

Director of Communications

Kayleigh Rankovic

Intake Coordinator

Our Story

Our mission is to help VSL Member-Operators build recovery communities where guests are supported in their recovery journeys. Our team has dedicated their professional lives to further our our mission, and we will not give up until every community has the resources it needs in support of men and women recovering from substance abuse.

We further our mission by leading a membership organization by by and built for sober living Operators. Our members access our system, policies, procedures, and resources, as well as comprehensive training. We are paving a new pathway using a “Charter” model to build a better world by equipping aspiring Operators to succeed in this field. Our Operators are supported by an influential organization behind then while working in their community to do the work they want to do, independently, as a business owner.

Founded in 2016, Vanderburgh Sober Living, the first Certified B Corporation® in Worcester, was formed to develop a system for sober house operation. The Vanderburgh Sober Living system is now offered by Vanderburgh Communities.

Our History

Our Namesake

Richard Vanderburgh was not just a man of many talents - an sculptor, a painter, a carpenter - but also a beacon of hope and guidance as a mentor and a friend. His journey as a recovering alcoholic imbued him with a profound understanding and empathy for those on similar paths. He dedicated his life to serving others, pouring his heart into the recovery community, guiding young adults, and being an active, giving member of East Brookfield Baptist Church.