The South Grand house, established in 1997, is comprised of six apartments housing twelve men. The house offers space for meetings for AA, Alanon, and NA. Through a local bank and construction company, Hilljack financed its first property at a very affordable price. As the house became stable and established it became obvious that there were additional needs for housing in the recovery community.
A second house was purchased in 2003 and is comprised of two apartments that house six more men. The house filled quickly. Both houses operate under the same rules and they have a joint meeting each Thursday evening to review the activity and needs of the houses.
In April of 2009 Hilljack opened a women’s house. This house is comprised of two apartments which can accommodate six women. The women’s weekly meeting is held on Monday at 8pm.
At all the houses residents hold each other accountable for their duties. Everyone has chores. A resident at each house is responsible for collecting the rent and making deposits.
It is understood that using drugs or drinking demands that the resident leave immediately. Residents are tested on approximately a monthly basis without notice. Applicants are also tested prior to moving in.
Overnight visits at the houses are not allowed and are also grounds for immediate expulsion from the house.
Each house has the right at their weekly meeting to decide if there are residents who are not participating or just simply are very difficult to get along with. The residents are allowed to vote someone out of the house for lack of cooperation or the inability to get along with others.
To get in to the Hilljack House, one must be sober for 30 days, be employed, and show a desire for recovery, including active participation in AA/NA and sponsorship. Residents pay $75 per week in rent, and attend AA/NA meetings onsite and offsite.
All houses operate under the same set of rules, and houses have weekly meetings to discuss issues.
The houses are governed by the residents and overseen by a House Manager that does not live on the property.