Sober Living is what I like to call a sister homeless program at the Christian Center in Birmingham AL. It was founded by a mother Ann Martin and her husband Jeff who had experienced the devastating loss of a son from a drug overdose and became committed to creating Sober Living in order to save lives. Sober Living is a community based program that provides a safe place to live in the form of transitional housing for people with drug addictions. Sober Living helps addicts who have completed detox and been clean for at least two months to find a way to reintegrate themselves into society.
Sober Living is housed at the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Birmingham Alabama. Sober Living is run on a shoestring budget but the food clothing and services provided by Sober Living are above and beyond what can be afforded by private foundations. Sober Living operates on a charitable model so all donations and funds raised to go to sending people to transitional housing which will allow them to get clean detox and resume life. Sober Living accepts no government funding but accepts private donations. This is in stark contrast to Housing Options which receives most of its funding from the government. Sober Living was started by changed lives Christian founder Ann Martin who went to Housing Options as an addict and spent a year there.
Sober Living works with several groups to make sure they have someone to go to if someone becomes homeless in Birmingham. One of the key services offered by Sober Living is drug detox. Many of the people at Sober Living are in recovery and willing to share their stories including a former addict who is in a drug treatment facility in New York. Another important service provided by Sober Living is transitional housing. The transitional housing program provides services like house calls house cleaning and laundry.