House Mentors at Vanderburgh House

House Mentors at Vanderburgh House

House Mentors at Vanderburgh House

We believe the House Mentor (formerly the House Manager) is the single most important role in the leadership of a successful home. Every Vanderburgh House sober living home relies on the House Mentors to guide the community and support each guest from the moment they move in.

We carefully screen, train, and support our House Mentors so they can successfully lead our recovery communities and guest. In general, House mentors have demonstrated a commitment to their recovery and a desire to give back to their recovery community by managing a sober house. Nearly all have lived in a Vanderburgh House home prior to becoming House Mentors, and know what it’s like to be a guest.

All of our House Mentors are in recovery and have screened and qualified according to our criteria, discussed more below. All of our Homes mentors have been carefully trained and have agreed to lead their home according to our procedures, policies, and practices to ensure each guest is supported in their recovery journey.

Sober House Mentor’s Duties

  1. Coach and guide sober living guests in their personal recovery journeys
  2. New sober house guest orientation, initial screen, and move-in support
  3. Lead the weekly House Meeting and address sober living guest concerns
  4. Conduct random urine drug screens of all guests
  5. Conduct random sober house room and personal property searches
  6. Manage chore schedule, house supplies, and maintenance concerns
  7. Respond to sober living guests and home emergencies
  8. Address guest behavioral concerns
  9. Ensure safety procedures are followed in the recovery residence

Sober House House Mentors Qualifications

We require our House Mentors to meet high standards, including a minimum time in recovery, demonstrated commitment to their personal recovery, and a calling to give back to their brothers or sisters in recovery. With the responsibility placed on this important position, we must ensure that we work with the best possible candidates.


Required Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 12 months of sobriety
  2. Demonstrated commitment to personal recovery
  3. Demonstrated experience in coaching or sponsoring others
  4. This is a “live-in” position meaning a House Mentor is required to live at the home

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Experience living in a Vanderburgh House home
  2. Previous experience as a House MentorsĀ in another home
  3. Educational or clinical experience in the recovery services field


Sober House Mentors Training

Our Sober Living House Mentors undergo an extensive training program and lead each sober living home according to our House Mentors Handbook. Our training program includes classroom and small group training conducted virtually, as well as an online training and evaluation program which we’ve developed in collaboration with clinicians, researchers, and other House Mentors.

Typically, House Mentors candidates serve as Assistant House Mentors in one of our homes for a period of time prior to being promoted as House Mentors.

Are you interested in becoming a House Mentor with Vanderburgh House? We’d love to talk with you. Please get in touch with us to express your interest. If you would like to dedicate your professional life to giving back, consider opening a sober house and becoming an operator as a member of our collaborative. Vanderburgh Communities offers resources and support to sober house operators.

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