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Sober Living Review: A Work In Progress Sober Living for Women

Sober Living Review: A Work In Progress Sober Living for Women

Established in 2007, A Work in Progress is a very hands-on and structured sober living catering to women in Chatsworth, California. Built with a focus toward helping women recover and reintegrate into society, A Work in Progress is owned by Liz Sanchez and operated with the assistance of full-time residential house manager Carla Luna, both of whom are in recovery themselves. Together, Sanchez and Luna currently offer 13 beds in the five-bedroom, four-bath home in the heart of Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley. A second location now offers four additional transitional sober living also in Chatsworth just a few blocks away. Both Sanchez and Luna are also Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC).


The home itself is a very comfortable and spacious place for women to live in early recovery. The home is fully furnished with central air and heating, a fireplace, computers and internet access, free on-site laundry, and best of all recovering women are welcome to bring a pet with them pending management approval. Evening meals are provided five nights a week, with the women taking turns cooking for the house. A Work in Progress also helps residents find needed recovery services and assists with finding work. They do accept clients with medically-managed co-occurring disorders and can assist with prescription medication supervision. Regular house meetings and random in-house drug screenings are part of house policy.


A Work In Progress' main goal is to offer sober, safe, and comfortable housing at an affordable price. And being one of the few sober living homes in Los Angeles that still comes in under $1000 per month, A Work in Progress is certainly affordable.

A Work in Progress operates their home with care and compassion while maintaining a structured and supportive environment. Residents must strictly adhere to policies and participate in random drug and alcohol screenings on a weekly basis. Sanchez and Luna are both very hands-on with residents and are active in helping them meet their goals and needs in recovery. Residents are also required to attend at least three recovery-oriented support groups per week, though they are flexible with the types of meetings they must attend. 12-step focus is not mandatory.

While living at A Work in Progress, residents are encouraged to find work, attend school, and participate in social activities outside of the home. House requirements and curfews are flexible and offer their residents the ability to maintain their current occupations, find work with varying hours, or attend classes as needed when pre-arranged with house manager Carla Luna.

As of this year, A Work In Progress has now fully converted to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. This ensures a lower cost for residents and allows A Work in Progress to accept tax-deductible donations from donors.


With A Work in Progress, services to residents are plentiful and cost is affordable. Overall, it's one of the best sober living deals for women in the Los Angeles area. The managers really care and take time with residents. Previous residents write glowing reviews of A Work in Progress and the efforts of Sanchez and Luna. Facebook reviews are few, but overwhelmingly positive.


Beds: 17
Locations: 2
Serving: San Fernando Valley & Los Angeles, CA
Gender: Female
Tax Status: Non-profit
Average Cost: $900/month
Phone: (818) 633-1719

Last modified onFriday, 14 April 2017 11:04
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