THE LIGHTHOUSE is a non-profit residential program for men, at least 18 years old, dealing with substance abuse problems who are seeking support and structure to be able to manage their problem in a program of recovery, and live a life without the use of drugs or alcohol.
Our facility offers sober living. Our purpose is to provide a safe and secure environment for male individuals who need and want to maintain their sobriety and who need or want a structured
residence in order to do so. In order to provide such a lifestyle, we offer peer mentoring, in house classes. life skills, education assistance, customized structured programs, and assistance with employment, education, and daily life.
Upon entering the house, residents become immediately a part of the program. With the combined help of staff, each resident has an individual program to fit their needs whether they are self referred to the house, or placed by the court system, probation or parole. The Lighthouse often times serves as alterative to jail or a halfway house for those who are willing to work a program and participate in sober recovery. An initial intake with each new resident provides staff with a background of who he is, what his substance abuse history includes, any legal problems he faces, and an idea of his needs and what we can provide. Residents also sign an agreement to follow all house rules and complete individual chores. This household structure helps residents manage their time and energy and organize their day as efficiently as possible and help to maintain a program of healthy recovery.
The day-to-day functioning of the house helps the resident to begin to transition into a healthy, functioning lifestyle. Within the house, we provide such amenities as a full meals, TV room, game room (,pool, darts, etc.), laundry facility, and daily assistance with life's ups and downs. We also provide information for services in and around the city of Fort Collins, including self-help meeting lists and a continually updated resource guide of services the city and surrounding areas provide in respect to schooling, employment, mental health, medical help, transportation, community service, etc.
Throughout the week, residents are asked to fill their time with meetings, job searches, and attend all house groups or meetings. There is also staff available all times, including over night availability, providing structure, support, and security. Each resident should feel safe and welcome and feel they have someone to turn to for guidance in times of need. We also encourage residents to create a peer-driven house and lend support and guidance to EACH OTHER as well. Many of our residents have been in similar situations to one another, and, having been there, may have suggestions and be able to provide assistance to newcomers who are just beginning their road to a healthy, stable, sober life. By sharing stories of recovery and stability, residents assist each other on their paths and encourage each other to strive for the best, even in hard times.
Our program of recovery begins with each resident being responsible and held accountable for themselves with respect for employment, cleanliness, house obligations, etc. This means that living at The Lighthouse is not a free ride. Residents are responsible for a monthly cost of $550 which covers all of their daily living needs from food to living space to utility costs and program funding that The Lighthouse needs to operate. This expense allows each resident access to all amenities and recovery help we can provide and also eliminates the stress of individual bills. The Lighthouse does provide help to those struggling and those who make an effort. Understanding and compassion are traits we value very deeply and encourage among each person here. In order to better assist our residents, provide for their daily needs, and offer a healthy program we must have funding for the house, and a monthly "rent" is only part of how we are able to do so.