About

Our mission is to help our Operators build recovery communities

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

House Manager and staff to lead and support recovery communities

Drug and alcohol screens, curfew, house rules, and peer accountability

Residency costs are straightforward, affordable, and all-inclusive; all rents are private pay

Our Model

We offer structured sober houses for men and women where every resident is supported in their recovery journeys. Residents 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. Residents are engaged in their personal recovery journey by attending meetings and working with a sponsor and our House Manager for support and encouragement. Residents adhere to a curfew, submit to drug and alcohol screenings, and participate in home and community events.

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

Download our Handbook

Team

Hunter Foote

Executive Director

Hunter founded Vanderburgh House in 2016 with a mission and vision to leverage a novel business structure in order to approach our field in a new way. Hunter has been our Executive Directory since our founding; a seasoned impact entrepreneur with experience in private equity, real estate, entrepreneurship education, and mission-focused business development. After helping lead an aerospace education company to the nation’s first two-time winner of National Best Flight School by the AOPA, Hunter 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 show budding entrepreneurs how to be successful and impact the world.

Kate Saad

Chief of Staff

Jessica Thibodeau

Director of Communications

Kayleigh Rankovic

Intake Coordinator

Our Story

Our mission is to help Operators build recovery communities where residents 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 offering a franchise platform to sober house Operators, giving access to our system, policies, procedures, and resources, as well as comprehensive training. As one of the first mission-focused franchises in the United States, we are paving a new pathway using the franchise model to build a better world. 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 House, the first Certified B Corporation® in Worcester, was formed to develop a system for sober house operation. The Vanderburgh House system is now offered by Vanderburgh Communities.

Our History

Our Namesake

Richard Vanderburgh was an artist, a painter, a carpenter, a mentor and a friend to many. He was also a recovering alcoholic. He lived his life serving others, giving his time and energy selflessly to give back to the recovery community, to young adults, and to his church. At Vanderburgh house we carry on his spirit of caring and community engagement. Sober houses are relied upon by thousands in recovery for support and accountability, as it’s known that the home environment is the single most important factor in preventing relapse.