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I can honestly say the 11th Step House has saved my life. As a "low-bottom addict", I never thought recovery was even possible until I stepped through these doors and my life took a turn I never foresaw. The two years prior to arriving at the 11th Step House was spent in and out of nine treatment facilities, countless detoxes, jail and homelessness. I had given up all together and accepted I was due to die a drug addict. Under court orders, I was dragged to this halfway house that I assumed would be as short-lived as my other attempts at sobriety. I can't put my finger on exactly what changed for me this go-round other than the impact the 11th Step House and its owners had on me. The owners, Mercedes and Linda, are the two most compassionate, selfless, and kindhearted women I've ever encountered. I think seeing those altruistic characteristics in them was what initially caused me to stick around- the fact that they TRULY cared unlike any other halfway manager, rehab counselor, etc. Their faith and exuberance continue to inspire me to this day. Their eccentricities and radiance of pure love make my heart full and put a smile on my face every day. The way they run their halfway house is sometimes seen as unorthodox, but I believe that is what I needed and what kept me here. They give you the freedom to make your own decisions while still remaining readily involved, guiding you in the right direction or at least being there to counsel you through the mistakes you make. The two owners feel like family. We all, including the other girls that make it in our house, have a mutual respect for each other and we get the opportunity to accompany each other on this incredibly beautiful path of recovery. I could literally rhapsodize over the 11th Step House to no end, but matter-of-factly I strongly suggest this halfway house to any women searching for peace in recovery. I truly found a family I never knew I was looking for.
11th Step House has been a life changer for our daughter and family. After an amazing 90 day program at EMR we were directed towards Asheville and 11th Step. We looked at others too but chose 11th Step. Linda & Mercy become family & truly care about our daughter. I'm not saying everything is perfect but I will say for those girls that are there & really want sobriety, it is a safe & loving place where they can learn to tippy toe back into a sober life. Our daughter is almost 10 months sober. If your loved one WANTS to live a sober life this home is great. But I believe that is key. I am very grateful for the way Linda & Mercy love the girls & how they keep them safe, even if it means having to be tough on the ones who don't follow the rules. I think sometimes families forget that these are not children we're talking about, these are grown addicted women, who are master manipulators. TO THOSE QUES.. WHY THESE REVIEWS CAME AFTER NEG ONES ITS BECAUSE WE ARE HAVING A DIFF EXP.
The 11th Step House has been one of the biggest blessings in my life. I would still be lost at the bottom of the miserable pit my life had become if it had not been for the love, strength and support that I received at that the 11th Step House, which became my home for 10 months. I was in that pit for 33 years and I had never been successful enough to be able to climb out of it and put together any kind of real sobriety time, until now. The wonderful ladies that run the 11th Step House gave me everything I needed in order to get sober. Between the two of them they have 43 years of sobriety and they give away what they have so lovingly every day. I will be forever grateful for what they have done for me. I pray that other women can experience the hope and healing that is provided so beautifully at the 11th step house. Thank you to Linda, Mercedes and all the girls at the 11th Step House. Karen O.
I am so grateful for the 11th step house and all they have done for me. When i came into the 11th step house i was just a shell of a girl. I didn't know how to function normally or how to even value myself. But over the time that Linda and Mercy spent with me i slowly started to come out of my shell and become the woman i am today. They taught me to never ever give up. Also no matter what time of day or night it was i could come and talk to them about my problems. They have given me unconditional support. Linda and Mercy also helped me figure my court charges out and get them handled. They also helped me get enrolled into college and taught me how to succeed in college and ask for help when i need it. I am so grateful for these ladies because if it was not for them saving my life i would probably be dead today. I recommend this place with the highest accolades.
Eleventh Step House is a safe, happy place for women in recovery. My niece has been there for over seven months, and she has become stronger, happier and more stable with every passing day. She has learned life skills and how to get along with people. Of course, there are rules that must be followed, and that may get some people bent out of shape. Without this structure, however, there would be no recovery. The two supervisors, Mercedes Ziegler and Linda Steward, are principled individuals of the highest integrity, and give a tremendous amount of love, support and wisdom to the women in their care, day after day. I am eternally grateful to them for what they have done for my niece. She would not be where she is now without them. Uncle Mark
Addiction took over my daughter’s life and rocked the solid foundation that our lives had been built upon. Our family was devastated as we watched our daughter’s life crumble before our eyes. We turned to many individuals and places for guidance and help for our daughter, but she left those individuals and places unchanged. We started looking again for another place for help and we came upon the 11th Step House. They opened their home to my daughter and cared for her. They helped to rebuild her physically and spiritually. They provided a solid foundation for her to rebuild her life upon. My daughter is approaching a year of sobriety!
This place is the most amazing sober living. My experience here has been the best. the owners who run the house are so sweet and super supportive. They help so much with our recovery and learning how to live life sober. All the girls in the house are so close and work good programs and attend meetings regularly. I have been trying to get sober for many years and have been to many sober livings and this is by far the best one. Such a great house and community and our house moms!
helpful staff, nurses, counselors. and always accessible during hours unlike other places i was looking at i could never get through on the phone to. i went in knowing nothing about treatment and being very worried but they made it easy and have been professional the whole way.
This place has saved my life! I couldn't be more grateful to be in such an amazing environment! The owners of this house are so supportive of everything and are so willing to help us all out in anyway they can! I truly don't know where I would be if it wasn't for this house!
Lilla has greatly assisted in my personal issues and has helped me to improve my relationship. Highly recommend her for individual and couples counseling.
There has perhaps never been a better tool for do-it-yourself home handymen than the internet. With detailed instructions and videos explaining how to perform a number of common maintenance and renovation tasks around a house, an untrained homeowner might be surprised at how much he or she can accomplish with a quick search online. But even with all of this information, there are still many jobs that lie far outside the scope of most DIY enthusiasts. General contractors are there to fill in this gap.
A general contractor specializes in seeing a home remodel or repair project through from start to finish. To do this, the contractor works with the client - whether they are a homeowner or business - to nail down the scope of the work. Then he or she will turn to one or more subcontractors for specific tasks, like equipment operation, design, electrical work or whatever else is needed.
In essence, general contractors could be thought of as middlemen between a homeowner or business owner and any number of specialists. To get their money's worth, many assume they should just "cut out the middleman" and hire specialists directly, but this often proves more difficult in practice. General contractors won't be completing an entire project by themselves, but should have a long list of dependable experts who can work together and accomplish any task. They might also serve as the manager on the site of a construction project, overseeing workers and providing guidance and assistance when needed. For larger projects, though, the contractor might only handle administrative matters and employ a foreman or other professional for on-site supervision.
There are many general contractors who also specialize in certain tasks themselves. There is usually at least one general contractor on hand to organize the construction of an entire home, for example. But general contractors could also help a homeowner add an additional bedroom, build an in-ground pool or complete a major landscaping project. They could also work with a business to add or improve office space, whether that means making more room or converting a commercial building from a nail salon to a restaurant. Basically, if it's a job that involves building or repairing, a general contractor probably knows how to get it done.
No matter what the exact job may be, a contractor will probably need to accomplish several other essential tasks in pursuit of the ultimate goal, which may include:
Every general contractor performing any kind of work on a project must be licensed to do so in their state. The guidelines for the specifics on licensing vary from state to state. Some states might only require registration of contractors, which is different from licensing. Registration typically means that there must be a written record of what work is being performed and by whom, but it does not guarantee professional knowledge. Licensing, on the other hand, involves an examination process to assess professional competence.
Whether your state requires licensing or registration of contractors, there should be a record of most professionals willing to complete certain projects in your area. Check your state or county website for more information. In states that require licensing, every licensed contractor's contact information is available online or from another public source.
Not every project needs to be completed by a licensed or registered contractor. If it's just a minor job that won't take more than a day or two, and will cost less than a few hundred dollars, it's likely not necessary to find a licensed or registered contractor. However, anything bigger or more expensive, or a project involving plumbing or electrical work, needs to be completed by a licensed or registered professional.
General contractors also must be covered by an insurance policy. This should include liability coverage for any property damage that could be inflicted in the course of a job. It should also include a worker's compensation policy in case anyone is injured on the job. Before hiring a contractor for anything, ask for written proof of this insurance to see exactly what is covered.
A number of trade associations for contractors in the U.S. exist. Some of the biggest include:
Most trade associations for general contractors will provide references for anyone looking to hire a contractor for a specific project. They may also provide a number of benefits for their members, including assistance with licensing, training, insurance and business development.
No matter what you need accomplished, you want to choose a contractor who can get the job done right at a reasonable price. Obviously, this is easier said than done, but there are a few steps you can take to ensure you find a trustworthy general contractor.
The first, and perhaps most reliable, way to find a general contractor is to ask friends and family members for a recommendation. If you know anyone who has had major work done on their home, particularly if it's a similar job, ask them who they hired and if they were pleased with the result. You could also ask neighbors about who they've hired if you notice work being done on their house. Many remodeling contractors post signs in front of homes to advertise their services. As a general rule, it's rarely a good idea to hire a contractor who solicits work by going door to door.
If you are considering hiring a contractor without a personal recommendation, ask the contractor for references from past clients, and do as much background research on them as possible. Look for any complaints (or compliments) online to get a better idea of their track record. There are a number of websites specializing in connecting contractors with people or businesses who need work done. These sites may also allow past clients to submit their own reviews of the contractor.
Before hiring a contractor, make sure you are both in agreement on the project's budget. It's normal for most contractors to charge clients a premium not only for the labor expenses and zoning expertise, but for acquiring the materials as well. Be as clear and concise as possible regarding what you'll be purchasing yourself and what you will be paying the contractor to complete. Homeowners may be able to find a better deal on raw materials when they purchase these directly, but they first need to be sure they aren't buying the wrong things.
Don't forget to discuss how the project will be finalized and what will be done about cleanup. Plans for how the work site will be cleaned at the end of each day as well as at the conclusion of work need to be put in writing. An experienced general contractor should make every effort to keep the workspace clean and prevent dirtying or damaging any other area. Even so, talk with the contractor about the daily schedule, the logistics of transporting workers and equipment, and how cleanup will be handled.
As previously mentioned, you need to make sure to follow any state and local regulations regarding construction work, which includes hiring a licensed or registered general contractor. Ask the contractor for proof of their certification before signing anything, as well as their proof of insurance. You should also check your homeowners insurance policy to see if they offer coverage for contracted work. You may want to call your insurance provider and ask for more details on what your plan will and won't cover.
Perhaps the best way to feel safe about a contractor and the work being done is to hire a contractor you trust. This is why relying on personal references from friends and family is so important, and will often provide a great deal of peace of mind. If you aren't able to obtain a reference, work to conduct extensive research on the contractor as well as the work you are hiring them to perform. This should bring everyone's expectations into alignment and result in a safe work environment.
Before any money changes hands, there should be a contract to sign. Make sure the specifics of the work to be done and all costs are listed in the contract, right down to the most precise details. If you forget to have something included in the contract after signing it, there's rarely a chance of recourse.
Once the specifics of the job are nailed down, be sure to discuss the payment schedule with the contractor. This is important because paying too much up front offers the homeowner minimal leverage if the quality of work does not meet expectations or contractual specifications. Try to establish a reasonable pay schedule with the contractor, such as paying 10 percent of the total cost for each 10 percent of the work that is completed. It's a good idea to include this payment plan in the contract as well.
Finally, look into getting a lien release signed before work begins. If there is ever a dispute regarding payment over the course of the project, a contractor or subcontractor could place a payment claim, or lien, on your property. This can trigger a long legal process that may be frustrating. To avoid this, ask the contractor to sign a lien release, which is a legal agreement that states that any payment accepted is final. This can come in handy if a contractor has his or her own payment issues with their subcontractors. Signing a lien release form certifies that any payment made by a client to the contractor is enough to pay for any goods or services rendered. A lien dispute could also be prevented by performing due diligence prior to picking a contractor, as any contractor with good credit and a long track record of satisfied clients should have no trouble paying for materials and labor once all contract conditions have been met.
Once work is underway, it's never a bad idea to check up on the progress of the job, either by staying in touch with the contractor over the phone or visiting the site in person. If you work with a trustworthy professional, it's probably best to keep your distance and allow everyone to stay busy. If you want to keep an eye on things, make sure workers wear the right safety gear and that everything looks to be moving along according to schedule. Finally, once work is finished and you are satisfied, be sure to thank your contractor and tell friends or family members about your experience.