Little River Recovery
Since April 1, 1999, Little River House, a not for profit organization, began as a special
needs transitional housing provider for the previously homeless and the indigent and is committed to those who are in recovery
from active addiction. Its primary goal is to serve as a healthy and supportive transitional housing program for those in
Little River Recovery House began as a single building operation with approximately six clients and has now
grown into a facility with three buildings and 45 rooms and up to 60 spaces to house those in need of affordable transitional
housing. Through the hard work of its owner, Mark Lewis and countless hours of volunteer service by those in the community,
Little River recovery House has been able to service hundreds since its conception helping its clients transition into a life
of sobriety and a stable environment.
Starting with little income and financing, and from its conception the Little
River Recovery House has not only met but super-ceded its original goals. The Little River Recovery House has become a viable
source of housing for both men and women in recovery. Little River is open to all in recovery and has served members of the
HIV community as well as those who are trying to re-establish their lives after incarceration and rehabilitative treatment
through a life of sobriety.
The Little River Recovery House over the years has hosted and continues to operate supportive
substance abuse meetings for not only its clients, but also others in recovery throughout the community. To date, Little River
Recovery House hosts meetings seven days a week featuring Narcotics Anonymous meetings to enhance those in recovery a better
possibility of leading a sober and productive life in the Miami-Dade community. These meetings not only consist of Twelve
Step meetings, but also open-discussion meetings, and meetings chaired by individual speakers who speak on various topics
that arise in recovery.
In 2007-2008 Little River Recovery House served as an Emergency Housing facility for the Veteran’s
Administration housing program. When other agencies have struggled in providing housing for their clients who are ready to
take the next step, Little River Recovery House has been there. The facility now houses over 50 clients who are actively working
or seeking work in the community.
Over the years Little River Recovery House has had the privilege to garner the support
of those in recovery community as well as those in the general Miami-Dade and business communities. To help guarantee a quality
of life surrounding, various groups and business owners donate clothing, food, and numerous other forms of support to ensure
the continuing success of Little River Recovery House.
It is the desire of Little River House’s owner, Mark Lewis,
and the mission of Little River House itself, to continue the commitment to those in recovery by providing a quality facility
for those in need who wish to live in a stable environment of sobriety.
2. Scope of Services: Little River House has
provided and continues to provide transitional housing for those who have received treatment for substance abuse. Most clients
have come directly from substance abuse rehabilitation programs primarily designed for the homeless and indigent. Most residents
come directly from the referrals of these agencies. During their tenure at Little River Recovery House, many clients are expected
to maintain and participate in continued out-patient programs or actively participate in a substance abuse program. It is
Little River Recovery House’s intent to support such an approach to continued success in either Narcotics Anonymous
or Alcoholics Anonymous programs to maintain a quality life in sobriety
It is Little River’s hope and goal, since
it is a transitional housing program, to encourage and help its residents take the next step in finding permanent housing
within the community. All participants will be assisted in finding the appropriate housing that will meet their needs on a
permanent basis. Those individuals experiencing physical, developmental, HIV/AIDS, and in substance abuse will be required
to enroll in a program that will assist them in their quest for permanent care and housing that will directly address their
needs. Assistance will be provided in giving direction as to where to find and connect to the appropriate agencies that can
provide help to clients who need help in applying for Medicaid, DCF/ADM funding, and SSI benefits.
also be assisted in increasing their incomes and maximizing their ability to live independently by seeking employment assistance
programs such as South Florida Work Force, Transitions, Veterans Administration, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation,
Volunteers of America, and the Hospitality Institute Job Training Program affiliated with Miami Dade Community College. Those
who need to complete a GED will be sent to Lindsey Hopkins in order to enroll in a program that would further increase their
3. Presently, Little River Recovery House is ready for immediate occupancy. The over-all housing
capacity of the facility is capable of handling 63 residents and currently houses 50. There is a site manager at each
facility as well as an administration office. As one resident transitions into permanent housing and an opening occurs, Little
River Recovery House will actively pursue filling the spot with another applicant. The average stay at Little River House
is from six months but not limited to one year. However, it is the policy of Little River Administration to be flexible in
the transition for a more suitable permanent housing situation for the individual. One of our on-site managers has been with
us almost since our inception, 10yrs and is also a disabled veteran.
As a transitional housing facility, Little
River Recovery House has served as an Emergency Housing facility for the Veteran’s Administration in 2007-2008. As a
registered 501-C3, Little River House seeks and implements all funding available to ensure a better quality of life for its
residents during their stay.