What are Great Lakes Sober Living’s shared living expenses?

We have a range from $650-$750 per month for shared living expenses. This will depend on multiple bed rooms or singles and the residence you live in. Your shared living fee covers residency at your house, utilities, high speed internet services, land line telephone with free long distance, bed linens, pillow, bath linens, paper products, cleaning products, all furnishings, use of a shared house desktop computer and printer.

What’s included in the shared living expense?
  • All room and board fees
  • Bed and Bath Linens for each resident
  • Paper products (toilet paper and paper towels)
  • High Speed Internet/WiFi at all houses
  • Weekly cooperative community house meeting led by GLSL staff
  • Random Urine Analysis testing conducted by GLSL staff
Do you require a security deposit?

We believe that all residents benefit from having some “skin in the game.” So we do ask for a $300 “sobriety deposit” upon move in. This deposit work like a security deposit in case of damage or early termination of your stay. It can also be applied to last months expenses or fully refunded upon move out.

We can be flexible (example; $100 extra per month for first three months) If this deposit is a barrier to residency it can be discussed on a case by case basis, but is required.

What should I bring with to the house and what is provided?

All furnishings, cleaning supplies and housewares are provided. Laundry facilities are provided, you will need detergent and fabric softener. You will be responsible for your own groceries, as you do your own cooking. One set of bedding for a twin bed will he provided (sheets, blanket, pillow), 1 towel, hand towel and wash cloth will also be provided. You will need any extra lindens and personal care items. You are able to have personal laptops and cell phones, but we ask that you use them in common areas and not alone in your room regularly. All houses have a desktop computer with a printer, high speed wireless internet, and a land line phone with free long distance. Please do not bring any furniture, TV’s or desktop computers. If you have questions just ask!

Am I allowed to have my vehicle?

As you start your stay with us, we request that residents do not have their vehicle for their first 30 days. All houses are located in areas close to the bus line and Duluth has excellent public transportation options. You may utilize public transportation or ride share if possible. After 30 days, we will have a discussion about use of the car for meetings and work. We recognize that case in unique and, when necessary we will discuss personal vehicles on a case by case basis. We require that all vehicles have valid insurance, current registration, and the driver has a valid driver’s license.

Am I allowed to take overnights outside the house?

Overnights are typically allowed two weeks after moving into the house and must always be pre-approved, one week in advance by staff. We also ask that if a resident is gone longer than one night that they check in with their house managers daily while they are out of the house and submit to drug testing upon returning.

How do I get involved with the fellowship of the sober community?

Getting involved in with the recovery community outside of treatment will be essential in building the foundation necessary for long term recovery and finding the fellowship is very simple, as long as you’re willing to step out of your comfort zone. By going to meetings with housemates and talking with people outside of your house, you will meet others, because they too are looking for the same fellowship you are. Many others are going through the same thing you will be when you get here, and are they are happy to help you get connected just like someone else helped them.

How old are people in the house?

All of our homes have a wide range of ages starting at 18 years old. We like to have residents of all ages and stages in their recovery so that everyone has someone they can relate to, look up to and build life long friendships with. A primary focus of Great Lakes Sober Living is to build unity within the house, so the residents are encouraged to do things together like going to meetings, movies, cooking, sports or simply hang out at the local coffee shop. The residents do lots of fun activities together.