When Ron S came to Tampa as a person with long term sobriety he saw that there was a need. While the area boasted a strong recovery community, there was a less than sufficient housing for individuals who needed a strong foundation in early recovery. The recovery houses in the community were often full, over capacity, and were turning away individuals who were leaving treatment or new to sobriety because they simply didn’t have the room. These houses, while effective in their own right, were often less than ideal living situations where residents were packed together and the structures themselves had not been updated in years. The accountability was seemingly left entirely to the residents themselves. With what seemed to be a lack of good options for people who needed recovery focused living in early sobriety, he saw an opportunity to truly make a difference in a community that he cared a great deal for.
Ron teamed up with Mike L who had also noticed this opportunity. Mike had experience seeing how drug and alcohol addiction effected people that he had grown up with and were close to in his life. He also noticed the need for better options to people new to the program after watching loved ones continually struggle in the program without a place to build a solid foundation.
In his time in Tampa Ron has become a central figure in the recovery community. He has done this through sponsorship in Alcoholics Anonymous, taking on service commitments, and being actively involved in the fellowship of the program. Ron and Mike’s ties to the community show a great deal, as members from the community show up every week at Hope House to give of their time in support of their fellow member and the work that the two are doing in the community. For all that they receive, the two gives back that much more, and it is never more apparent than when you enter Hope House.
Hope House was established with the idea that it would excel where other recovery houses had opportunities. Ron could bring his experience in recovery and share it with residents by becoming entrenched in the everyday life of the house. They could offer a house that was itself updated and regularly cared for. Face time and regular contact with residents would be of paramount importance. Residents would be regularly receive drug and alcohol testing and be held accountable for how they were living and existing with other residents and the recovery community as a whole. Hope House would stand to eradicate the stigma of living in a recovery house by being a place that residents would want to live, and be proud to be a part of.