Van Ness Recovery House

Serving the Community for 50 Years


Van Ness Recovery House opened a 20-bed residential treatment facility in 1973 serving the LGBT community.  VNRH was one of the first to welcome persons with HIV and AIDS into residential addiction recovery treatment.  Since then, VNRH has served thousands of individuals struggling with substance related disorders.  VNRH provides client-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-orientated services, offered by a committed, caring and qualified staff of licensed, certified and registered professionals. VNRH does not discriminate because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or HIV status. Although VNRH largely targets the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and the transgender community, heterosexual clients are welcome and have proven success in the program.


To meet the critical and expanding needs of the LGBTQI community through whole person care. Integrated services target drug and alcohol addiction, mental health concerns, and emphasize sexual health in a socially supportive environment.  Services are available to anyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.


VNRH engages people struggling with addiction through compassion, perseverance and respect.


To sustain a model addiction treatment program where LGBTQI men and women have full access to innovative, high quality whole person care.

Van Ness Recovery House helps people to:

  1. Abstain from drugs and alcohol in a safe and supportive environment.
  2. Learn skills for relapse prevention and improved coping.
  3. Protect themselves from HIV/STD infection and transmission.
  4. Get needed medical treatment and maintain good physical health.
  5. Minimize the effects of complex trauma.
  6. Build a strong family and drug free social network.
  7. Maintain a life worth living through stable housing and/or employment.