A New Day of Recovery in Santa Barbara

Our Primary Purpose 

New House dedicates itself to providing a clean, sober and healthy environment that allows men with alcohol and other drug problems to begin their journey of recovery and to reclaim their dignity, self-esteem, and sense of purpose.

 

Program

The experience of New House is that successful sobriety is achieved through the support of others in the common goal of recovery. New House is therefore staffed entirely by clients. Regular meetings are offered on-site by community 12-Step groups, and 12-Step sponsorship is required. The brotherhood and friendships that develop in New House are lifelong.

While no treatment services are provided, many men participate in outside treatment programs while living at New House. New House encourages full outside employment as soon as possible for those entering the program. The program provides three nutritious meals daily and well-maintained living quarters. Clients share the responsibility of some housekeeping duties.

There are no restrictions on length of stay at New House II or III, but many clients building a solid foundation stay between 6 and 12 months and become able to solve problems in sobriety without having to return to alcohol or drugs as their solution. Men who achieve 6 months of successful sobriety are eligible to apply for admission to the Grad House, which offers increased independence, autonomy and self-sufficiency in preparation for returning to their home or new living space.

New House is open to any male over the age of eighteen who has a desire to remain clean and sober. Due to licensing restrictions, New House is not able to admit men who are not ambulatory or who have severe mental illnesses. Applicants are required to be able to test clean to be eligible for admission and may request a screening interview at either of our main facilities.

While all clients are required to pay client fees, being unable to pay in advance is rarely a barrier to admission. Scholarships may be available but are contingent on the financial position of the organization at the time. Serious individuals needing some help to get started may be granted a scholarship for short periods while they find work or a source of income.

Scholarships

Scholarships are vital to the
New House program for the next man

“I struggled for years trying to help my son with his addictions. Thank God I found New House. They saved his life and mine. They have become a second family to him and he has made friends for life. Unlike so many sober living houses they really care for the well-being of their people and do not tolerate drugs or alcohol. It is so nice to finally see my son happy.”

Grateful Mom

“New House offered me structure and accountability. I spent decades in my addiction while bad habits formed, then expected change overnight – I finally decided to give myself a chance at New House to build a solid foundation in recovery.”
Grateful Client

Such a safe and friendly environment. I owe my life today to New House!! I highly recommend.”

Grateful Client

“I would like to thank New House Santa Barbara for providing me with a safe and comfortable place to live. It’s been an amazing experience of learning compassion, patience, love and tolerance. The structure and stability of this place is above and beyond and has been a life-changing experience.”

Grateful Client

“Santa Barbara New House accepted me at my worst and provided me with a safe and supportive environment in which I could build a foundation for myself in sobriety. This organization has enabled me to not only grow as a sober individual but has provided me the opportunity to strive in my pursuit of education, to become a dependable employee, and to be of service to others. In essence New House provided me with the gift of a second chance at life.”

Grateful Client

Locations

New House II

227 W. Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-8248

New House III

2434 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-6050

Grad House

2021 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-6050

Amenities

  • Client fee $31.00 per day
  • 3 meals daily prepared by staff
  • Bag lunch or late plates if working
  • High Speed internet
  • Cable TV in every room
  • Employment resources
  • Spanish speakers
  • 2 Man rooms with bathroom

Scholarship* or Assistance

  • Admission
  • Hardship
  • Dental
  • Expungement
  • Employment
  • House computers

*Eligibility Requirements

Business Office

2434 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Phone: 805-563-9647
Fax: (805) 765-9512

About Us

New House welcomes referrals from detox, treatment, employers, employee assistance programs, family members, and criminal justice agencies, but personal onsite interviews and a desire to be clean and sober are required of all applicants. If you have been unable to stay sober on your own and are serious about sobriety, please click on the link below to set up an interview to learn about New House and why it is a great place to build a solid foundation in recovery.
Gordon Guy

Gordon Guy

Executive Director / CEO

Mike

Mike

New House II

Gil

Gil

New House III & Grad House

Staff Christmas Breakfast

Staff Christmas Breakfast

About Us | Board of Directors

Jeff Daugherty, Esq. (President) is a Santa Barbara native. He is an attorney at the Santa Barbara law firm of Laborde and Daugherty. Jeff has been a Board member since 2006, and he has served as President of the Board of Directors of Santa Barbara New House since 2009.

Penny Jenkins is the retired founder and CEO of the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. She joined the New House Board because she knew from her experience how sober living can advance recovery and help addicts and alcoholics become successful members of society.

David Vartabedian (Vice-President) has been involved in New House since 1990, working as the manager of New House III from 1991 through 1993. He also designed and implemented a program in the Santa Barbara County Jail, which was very successful.

Phil Jones is one of the senior members of the New House Board, recruited in 1992 to provide professional guidance and oversight of New House insurance requirements. He is a devoted member of the Board now retired from Baratto and Sullivan Insurance.

Deborah Talmage (Board Secretary) presided over the Santa Barbara Drug Courts before joining the New House Board. She joined the Board because she understands the central role sober living plays in advancing recovery.

Father Patrick Mullin from 2001 to 2016 was director of St. Mary’s Seminary, a retreat center in Santa Barbara, CA. Father Pat helps at San Roque Church and does retreats. His participation on the Board is invaluable.

Steve Olsen (Treasurer) joined the Board in 2016 and serves as the Treasurer for the Board. An advocate for recovery, Steve spends much of his free time helping various organizations associated in this field. Steve is an executive in the Petroleum Industry.

Thomas Niessen has served on the Board since 2008. He has devoted much time and effort to Board committee and special volunteer work, and as a general contractor, has provided expertise on facilities.

Merith Cosden Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus from the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School of Psychology at the University of California Santa Barbara. She has long-standing interest in understanding effective interventions for substance abuse and related problems.

William Parris is a real estate developer and entrepreneur that has been a supporter of New House for many years and recently joined the Board to be more involved with recovery and support of the clients.

David Dyne M.D. has served on the Board since 2006. Has been practicing Addiction Medicine in Santa Barbara for over 12 years. He is a Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Advisory Board

Meredith Baxter
Bill Cirone
Paul Jaconette

Lillian Lovelace
Michael Woodard
Bob Bryant

Joyce Dudley
Larry Laborde
Frank Ochoa

Advisory Board

Meredith Baxter
Bill Cirone
Paul Jaconette
Lillian Lovelace
Michael Woodard
Bob Bryant
Joyce Dudley
Larry Laborde
Frank Ochoa

About Us | History

On March 31, 1949, a small group of Santa Barbara citizens met with Marty Mann, founder of the National Council on Alcoholism, to discuss the problem of alcoholism in the Santa Barbara community. They incorporated in October of that year, calling themselves the Santa Barbara Committee on Alcoholism.

Local facilities for alcoholism were inadequate, and in May of 1955, under the direction of Elmo Little – an electrician from Knoxville, Tennessee – the first New House was opened. The original supporters were pledged to keep New House self-supporting and free from government tangles and restrictions. Elmo had told one of the many men he sponsored, William Donahue, that what many alcoholics need in Santa Barbara was “a new house on a new street in a new city for a newfound recovery.”

New House became independent of the Committee on Alcoholism in 1974, and in 1978 opened New House II. In February of 1991, New House III was purchased at 2434 Bath Street, increasing the New House capacity to 100 men. The original New House facility was retired and replaced by a Grad House on Castillo Street in 2001.

When Bill McCormack became Executive Director in 1987, New House would occasionally admit a resident who was addicted to drugs other than alcohol. But there was no formal policy allowing this. Bill quickly acknowledged the reality that a new generation of alcoholics was more likely than not to have multiple drug addictions, and that the New House model of 12-Step community support and cooperation in house management was every bit as effective for these men. It became a formal policy to admit men who were seeking recovery from addiction to all substances.

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Recovery Resources

211 – 24/7 Access Crisis Hotline
(888) 868-1649
www.countyofsb.org

Antioch University Santa Barbara
602 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-8179
www.antioch.edu

Bridge Clinic
(805) 324-8336
2320 Bath St., Suite 201
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
sbclinics.org

Casa Serena
Women’s residential treatment
(805) 966-1260
casaserena.org

Cottage Hospital
(805) 682-7111
www.cottagehealth.org

Cottage Residential
(805) 569-7422
316 W. Montecito St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.cottagehealth.org

Giving Tree
Women’s Sober Living
(805) 280-5640
www.givingtreesbl.com

Marcel Meier
Early Identification Specialist-Court Liaison
Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse
232 East Canon Perdido Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 568-0089
Fax: (805) 963-1720
mmeier@cadasb.org
www.cadasb.org

Personalized Recovery
Michelle Davis
Private Detox
(805) 451-5558
personalizedrecovery.com

Project Recovery Detox
Santa Barbara (805) 963-1836
www.cadasb.org

Public Defender – County of Santa Barbara
(805) 568-3470
1100 Anacapa St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.countyofsb.org

The Salvation Army, Hospitality House Residential Treatment, Withdrawal Management
(805) 962-6281 Ext.1125
423 Chapala St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
https://sbhh.salvationarmy.org/

Santa Barbara City College
721 Cliff Dr.
Santa Barbara, CA 93109-2394
(805) 965-0581
www.sbcc.edu

Santa Barbara County Probation
(805) 882-3700
117 E Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.sbprobation.org

Santa Barbara County District Attorney
(805) 568-2300
1112 Santa Barbara Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
www.countyofsb.org

University of California Santa Barbara
2160 Kerr Hall
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-1110
(805) 893-4200
professional.ucsb.edu

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New House II
227 W. Haley Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-8248

New House III
2434 Bath Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-6050

Grad House
2021 Castillo Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 563-6050

New House Business Office
2434 Bath St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
805-563-9647 • Fax: (805) 765-9512
info@sbnewhouse.org