Sobriety House is a 501 (c) (3) private non-profit corporation. We are the oldest residential substance abuse treatment center in the State of Colorado.
Rev. Ernest Baber and members of the Denver Kiwanis Club founded Sobriety House in February 1967. Rev. Baber had given up a regular church ministry at the Citizen’s Mission in downtown Denver in order to care for street people who had deep-seated alcohol problems.
Their founding vision was a long-term treatment program that provided quality care for the indigent.
After his retirement from the Mission, Rev. Baber and volunteers from the Kiwanis Club, comprised the first Board of Directors of the program. They rented a home at 121 Acoma Street, which is still in use today.
Sobriety House acquired two more homes in 1975 and an apartment building in 1982 via the generosity of Mr. Thomas G. Vessels (deceased). Mr. Vessels was the founder of Vessels Oil and Gas Company and served as the President of the Sobriety House Board of Directors for many years. The two houses were next door to 121 Acoma and together serve as our main campus. The apartment building functions as a three-quarter-way house (independent living/aftercare) program.
A home for women, Stepping Stone, was acquired in 1978 at the request of the Colorado Alcohol and Drug Division (now, the Office of Behavioral Health). Stepping Stone was unable to meet its financial obligations as an independent entity at the time and therefore Stepping Stone merged with Sobriety House. Stepping Stone has served the community continuously since its inception, providing a safe and secure environment for women to recover.
In October of 2007, Sobriety House merged with The Phoenix Concept. Sobriety House, Inc is the surviving corporate entity. The Phoenix Concept is an 18,000 square foot residential facility zoned for 35 beds for men in downtown Denver. The facility is licensed for residential and outpatient programs.
Today, Sobriety House owns six buildings and provides 84 beds for residential treatment of substance use disorder. Sobriety House serves approximately 335 people annually.