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Stay in touch with Sober Living Cleveland while we provide women in recovery with services such as physical and mental healthcare, 12-step programs, legal aid, GED tutoring, job training, financial literacy, yoga, the arts, and other life skills.

Susan Davis, new Executive Director at SLC

New executive director, Susan Davis, joins Sober Living Cleveland

We are pleased to announce that Sober Living Cleveland has an executive director!  After an extensive search, we selected Susan Davis to lead us into the future.  She has the unique blend of skills and experience that we sought: familiarity with addiction and recovery, experience in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, organizational skills, and a passion for our shared vision.

Susan has previous non-profit experience at both The Cleveland Engineering Society and ASM International. She has also served the for-profit business community for some 20 years as the owner of ESA Automation Services, Inc.

Starting in March, Susan will be responsible for overseeing growth, guiding organizational vision and championing our mission in the community. Please join us in welcoming Susan.

Sover Living Cleveland and Ohio Recovery Housing

Our First Home is a Certified Ohio Recovery

Sober Living Cleveland’s first recovery home, Cedar House, has become a certified Ohio Recovery Housing Associate!  We have earned certification because we meet or exceed quality standards and expectations. Standards include health and safety practices, and policies and procedures in line with best practices in recovery housing nationwide.  As part of the application process, trained peer reviewers who operate their own recovery housing in Ohio visited Cedar House.  Their enthusiasm for our house and our program made us proud!  And we want to do more, creating a network of recovery housing for men and women in our community.

To our knowledge, Cedar House is the only recovery house for women on the east side of Cleveland.  Our residents range in age from 18 to 67.  Since we opened in March, we have had residents from the following Ohio counties referred to us by NE Ohio treatment centers:  Ashland, Cuyahoga (30%), Erie, Franklin, Lake, Lorain (16%), Lucas, Richland, Summit, Stark, and three from Pennsylvania. Each has an individual recovery plan guided by our live-in House Manager with clinical oversight of the Program Director.

With the addiction epidemic far from abating, we plan to grow beyond a volunteer-led organization into one with professional administrative staff. Our goal for 2018 is to hire an Executive Director who, together with our talented Board of Trustees, will create a strong and sustainable future for an organization that has an important, and essential, mission:  to empower people in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs by providing safe, affordable sober housing, support for healthy habits, and a foundation for a better life.

Doors Open

In April, 2017, Sober Living Cleveland opened the doors to their first house for women in recovery from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Our sober living house will bridge the gap between treatment and a life outside of treatment without drugs and alcohol. It will be a safe place for individuals to rebuild their lives. It will provide a physically and emotionally safe and secure home environment to foster an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle.

We are pleased to provide a sober house in a unique, safe neighborhood on the east side of Cleveland surrounded by over 135 acres of beautiful parkland. The house is within walking distance to one of the largest suburban public library systems in Cuyahoga County, places of worship, yoga, grocery stores, bus lines, twelve step programs and much more.

Our house provides a home to 11 residents. And, as an added benefit, the house will be staffed with a live-in House Manager available to the residents 24/7. Our fully furnished house for women includes:

  • Fully equipped modern kitchens
  • Up-to-date bathrooms
  • Single and double bedrooms
  • Living room, dining room, outdoor porches
  • Parking
  • Cable TV and internet
  • Washer and dryer
  • Household supplies (linens, towels, cleaning supplies, paper goods).

Building a Strong Foundation

The Cedar House was loaded with character from the hardwood floors, custom woodwork, and the spacious rooms.  So many possibilities!  As we all know, a successful renovation starts with a solid plan.  As we started our journey, we always kept one thought in the forefront — “expect the unexpected.”

Hardwood floors offer the extra allure of charm and a little history.  Definitely a feature of the Cedar House!  Refinishing old floors needed the expertise of a skilled contractor.  David Kious of Heights Hardwood Floor Service came to our rescue.  He donated his crew to refinish the entire second-floor pro bono.  What a blessing!   And with the magic of color, Haley Cavotta, Phil Gaeta and eight other professional painters donated their time to paint the walls top to bottom in one day.  And, at the foundation of it all, good plumbing.  Planning and installing a system that’s quiet, efficient, and leak free is something of an art and the Cedar House’s fragile plumbing system needed an overhaul. We put the project in the capable hands of contractor Dave Hodous.

There are so many others that donated time, money and effort in making the Cedar House a reality and we are so grateful.   Thank you to everyone involved — we couldn’t have done it without you!

Sober Living Cleveland purchases their first home

After an extensive search for the perfect house, Sober Living Cleveland purchased their first house on the east side of Cleveland in November 2016.  More than 200 people donated money, services, furnishings, and time to make the purchase of this duplex a reality.  Because of the urgent need for a sober house, we were thrilled that in the months ahead the CEDAR HOUSE would become a reality.  A stable, alcohol and drug free living environment. Sober living is a great way to bridge the gap between treatment in a drug rehab facility and a life outside of treatment without drugs and alcohol.   And so the Cedar House begins it’s journey of saving lives and healing families.

Exciting items to bid on Saturday May 21!

We’re all excited about the possibility of a Belize vacation that benefits Sober Living Cleveland!  Board VP George Young has donated THREE different accommodations to the silent auction at the May 21 fundraising concert, Raising the Roof for Recovery:

Thatch Caye Resort – 5 nights lodging, food, and drink
(does not include air transport or activity packages such as snorkeling or fishing)
Valued at $3250 per couple
Minimum bid $1750 per couple

Belize Ocean Club – 5 nights lodging
(does not include air transport, food, or activity packages)
Valued at $1300 per couple
Minimum bid: none!

Royal Belize Resort – 5 nights (all inclusive) at a private island resort for 10 – 14 people!
(does not include air transport)
Valued at $20,000
Minimum bid $14,000 for 10-14 people
(get a group together and decide how high you want to bid!)

If you want to bid on these and other awesome items, make your reservations to the event ASAP as seating is limited!

And there’s more!


Rachel Brown will be performing!

Sober Living Cleveland’s upcoming fundraising concert, Raising the Roof for Recovery, not only features great music by local performers Rachel Brown, Brent Kirby, and westerners Vernon Trumbull and his Kinsman, but check out this early list of interesting silent auction items:

Please contact us at if you’d like to donate to the silent auction! And remember….seating is limited at the concert so make your reservations soon!