Together, we can do what we can’t do apart––The Haven at Redlands was born from this notion. As a peer-led residential community, we identify with each other’s challenges, and help each other navigate early recovery while succeeding in college. We offer recovery support services, live-in staff, and social activities for students who are committed to staying in school while learning to lead a sober lifestyle. By sticking together, we keep the college experience fun, safe, and supportive––clean and sober.
Comfortable and convenient, The Haven at Redlands is located across the street from campus on the corner of University Street and College Avenue. This historic Craftsman-style home is newly renovated, with a large, welcoming living room and an expansive backyard for social events. Haven residents live and grow together in furnished bedrooms with same-sex roommates, supporting each other’s recovery while forming lasting friendships.
Our Program Director (who also serves as our Recovery Coach) helps our residents develop and review individualized wellness plans during weekly one-on-one meetings. These plans encourage our students to balance their recovery, academic work, and social life. We also encourage attendance and participation in 12-step meetings (or other modalities).Our live-in House Manager provides peer support, facilitates weekly community meetings, and organizes group activities that include camping trips, service projects, and sober tailgates.
Our House Manager also administers routine drug tests to keep The Haven safe and to ensure early intervention in the event of relapse. The Haven at Redlands also extends support to the entire family of each resident. Through monthly conferences with our Program Director, process groups and workshops for parents, and activities and programs during Homecoming, Alumni Founders Weekend, and Spring Graduation, we involve our students' loved ones in their recovery.
"The beauty of The Haven at Redlands is the accessibility for students on campus: We are constantly having people over for dinner in our backyard or to watch football. We also have a 12-Step meeting on Saturday nights and a women’s support meeting on Sunday nights.”
--Haven House Manager Redlands, Fall 2014
“I really need to bounce [my] life off of other people, to know that I’m not alone. It’s hard being surrounded by a college environment that encourages alcohol consumption. I still miss that nightlife, and I know I can’t live with friends who consume alcohol and engage in other behaviors. I love living at The Haven with people who have the same challenges I do. I’m doing better in school than I ever have!”
--Former Haven Resident, Senior
“The Haven taught me to love myself. You taught me to take responsibility for my actions. You taught me to acknowledge that I was affecting the people I loved the most with my addiction, but that I could do something to change that. You showed me that I am my own worst enemy, but that I am also the creator of my destiny.”
--Former Haven Resident
"The Haven has got to be one of the coolest spaces on campus. I love the vibe there, I love that everyone feels comfortable there, and I love that we can study and talk and hang out and party with people who don’t need (or want) substances to be themselves. I think a space like the Haven is incredibly important on a college campus and I’m very grateful that we have one like it at Redlands.”
“During the past Christmas, we remembered where we were as a family a year ago … we feel very grateful for how incredibly far our son has come. I know The Haven played a major role in helping him accomplish this remarkable turnaround, and he, above all, is reaping the benefits. Thank you for your vision, hard work, and humanity in support of talented young people."
--Parent of Former Resident
“The Haven is aptly named. The people here are knowledgeable, compassionate, insightful, and generous. They understand the struggles of bright, young adults trying to move forward from substance abuse to success, anticipating their struggles and meeting their needs in ways that are uncanny. There's no road map to finding the ideal environment for someone working toward recovery. If you have found The Haven, leap at this opportunity! Tell others about it! There is no safer, better choice out there.”
--Parent of Former Resident
“We had been considering what to do for the past three to five years and had begun by looking at a CRP [college recovery program]. But, like so many colleges, funding and knowing exactly how to begin had been obstacles. Then we met the folks from The Haven. With them, we could begin immediately and begin strongly. We decided it would be best to work in partnership with The Haven, in developing our collegiate recovery community, so it could become ‘ground zero’ for our students in recovery.”
--Lorraine Young, Clinical Psychologist and Director of the University’s Counseling Center