Why Aaron's House?
We believe young men taken off track by substance use stay alive with sobriety supported by peers, mentors, and healthy lifestyles. Living interdependently in a healthy home, near colleges and education, Aaron’s House Student-Residents are guided by a live-in House Mentor to do the next right thing.
Evidence supports our plan of continuing education, healthy employment, 12 step work, and building relationships. The peer to peer support of guys who know your life is the bonding ingredient that keeps you committed on your journey.
Aaron’s House is a safe place to come home to from the time you begin turning your sober days into sober months until you can say “I’ve been sober 2 years. I have a degree worth having, a job I care about, and relationships I’m proud of.”
What is Aaron’s House?
Aaron's House is a substance use recovery housing option for young men ready for higher education, meaningful employment, improving relationships, and healthy living. Aaron’s house is one block from the shores of Lake Mendota, near downtown Madison, Wisconsin, close to UW Madison, and Madison College.
An emphasis on healthy lifestyles with in-house mentoring, and guidance in furthering education while developing work skills makes Aaron’s House a unique destination for young men (ages 18-26) who are ready to live sober. Not everyone who walks into Aaron’s House has an education and employment plan. Our Director of Resident Services and House Mentor work with each Student-Resident to create a plan, designed by the Student-Resident and his support network with the goal of progress. The Director of Resident Services, the House Mentor, and peer residents marshal resources of the community and through The Aaron J. Meyer Foundation, Inc., to open doors to opportunities to support each Student-Resident in their personal goals.
How do I apply to live at Aaron's House?
Please complete the form on the Inquire Here! page and the Director of Resident Services will contact you to explain the application process.
How Long Do Student-Residents Stay at Aaron’s House?
An average stay at Aaron’s House is about 12 months. Twenty four months may be the maximum stay but that’s not carved in stone. Evidence shows that those who make a commitment to build on their sobriety at Aaron’s House over many months are more likely to maintain sobriety after moving into their next living environment.
Do I have to be enrolled at UW Madison to live at Aaron’s House?
NO. Madison is home to many secondary educational opportunities. Evidence shows that the young adult in recovery has a better chance of maintaining sobriety when some education is included in their lives. The amount of education, above zero, and where you enroll is entirely up to you and your commitment is part of your Personal Lifestyle Plan. Bike routes and public transportation make it easy to attend classes at Edgewood College, Herzing College, and dozens of post high school education options.
Is food provided at Aaron’s House?
No. Each Student-Resident provides his own food or just as in any off campus housing, the guys are free to share food and cooking. Each group of guys at the house works out their own food, cooking, cleaning, and chore schedule.
If I need help finding a job or enrolling in classes, is there any help?
Absolutely. The Aaron Meyer Foundation Board of Directors will help open doors to planning education and finding a job. Employment opportunities abound all around and within minutes of Aaron’s House.