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Things you should know before applying to Respite House

Respite House is more than a group home or shelter. It is a post-treatment/recovery program that concentrates on helping you regain an independent, substance-free lifestyle. Our focus is on assisting you in integrating yourself into a 12 Step self-help fellowship. During your participation in the 180 day to two year program, you will be required to strive to become self-sufficient and to actively cooperate with the Respite House program in all ways, including:

  • Rent is a minimum of $135.00 per week and is due on Saturday, by 10:00 A.M. Two weeks rent is due at intake.
  • You will be required to review and accept the rules and regulations of the house.
  • Substance abuse of any kind will not be tolerated while you are a resident of Respite House.
  • You must sign legal consent to the release of information, about you, between Respite House and other agencies, doctors, and therapists, with which you are involved.
  • Your personal living area will be subject to inspection and searched at staff’s discretion.
  • You will be subject to random drug screenings at staff’s discretion.
  • You will continue to take as prescribed any prescription medication.
  • You will deal responsibly with your legal, financial, family and health issues.
  • You will be expected to find and maintain a job, or if legally disabled, volunteer your time in some way.
  • You will be required to show proof of insurance, registration and a valid driver’s license for any vehicle you use while a resident.
  • You will attend mandatory AA and/or NA meetings and recovery groups, and may be asked to see a therapist, depending on your personal needs.
  • You will share household chores, including some meal preparation.
  • Your progress toward your program goals will be evaluated weekly by the house staff.
  • You will be placed in a “Buddy” program for the first two weeks of residency, to help you become familiar with the house programs and the local community.
  • We operate on a demerit system. If rules are not followed termination of residency can result.
  • Respite House is not religiously affiliated, if you choose, you may attend the services of your choice.

We take recovery very seriously and you will be required to do the same. We hope to assist you in learning to apply the spiritual principles of the 12 Step self-help recovery program in your life.  We believe this is an opportunity for individuals to find a new way of life.
We also place great emphasis on responsibility. When you are given assignments, homework, etc., do them on time. Be ready for all groups.  Remember, money and employment are not signs of recovery and can result in relapse. Recovery is an “inside job”, and no matter how good you look on the outside, material and cosmetic things will not keep you clean. Our goal is that by learning to apply these principles in your life, you can become a responsible and productive member of society.


Respite House a halfway house for men
1408 Chicago St, Valparaiso, Indiana • 219.548.1300 •

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