The Fellowship Home of Raleigh was established in 1961 by people in recovery who had a thorough understanding of the difficulties men face during the early stages of life without alcohol or drugs. Removing the alcohol or drugs from a man's system is simply the first step. Success requires a new approach to life, a new way of living. As the book Alcoholics Anonymous (the "Big Book") puts it: "Alcohol was but a symptom of our problems."
For many men, going back into their home environment too soon is a great hindrance to recovery. In AA parlance, a person in early recovery "needs to change his playmates and his playground." The Fellowship Home of Raleigh provides that opportunity.
Originally chartered as the Flynn Christian Fellowship Houses of Raleigh, the name was changed to the Christian Fellowship Home of Raleigh in 1968 and to the Fellowship Home of Raleigh in 2013. The most recent name change was to more accurately reflect the mission and structure of the Home. While we encourage our residents to embrace the spiritual nature of the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Home itself has never been associated with any specific religion, sect or denomination.
Throughout its history the Home has been located at 506 Cutler Street, in the Boylan Heights neighborhood near downtown Raleigh. This quiet, residential neighborhood is convenient to work and community resource opportunities for our residents. Our board of directors owned the Home until the late 1960s when the Wake County Board of Alcoholic Control paid off the mortgage and took title. The title was transferred to Wake County in 1977. Today, the County owns the home and assists with maintenance of the structure. In exchange for the services we provide to the community, the County also provides an annual payment that is roughly equivalent to about one-fourth of our operating expenses. The small weekly rent paid by the residents accounts for about half our expenses. The remaining balance is covered by donations.
The Home is governed by a 12-15 member Board of Directors, some of whom have recovery from alcohol or drug addiction. Board members provide close oversight of the Home through monthly board meetings and active participation on working committees.
~Full kitchen for meal preparation
~Designated smoking areas
~On-site staff offices
To help men recover from alcohol or drug abuse and return to a responsible life in our community by providing a home environment with structure, resources, support and encouragement.