Nathan's Ridge

Structured Sober Living for Men and Women

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About Us

Located in Damascus, Maryland, our concept is simple. We are a self-run SOBER living environment. It is one addict helping another. All participate in running the house which promotes structure, responsibility, and self-management skills which help to increase self-confidence.

Every resident must pay his own way. Unlike a traditional half-way house, with often short time limits, residents can stay as long as they pay their weekly boarding fee and stay clean and sober.

Relapse means immediate expulsion. A resident, who relapses and is expelled, may reapply after 30 days of sobriety. All disciplinary action is done out of tough love!

Our Mission

Nathan's Ridge and Frannie's House are a Christian-based recovery ministry aimed at providing a safe and caring drug, alcohol, and violence-free environment. During the 6 months or more that men and women, over the age of 18, spend in this program, past behaviors and addictions are addressed and changed in order to aid in the participants becoming responsible members of society. We provide Biblically-based recovery mentoring, community/life skills training, discipleship to all participants and access to 12 step programs and counseling. Nathan's Ridge and Frannie's House embrace the Christian faith which leads to transformed lives with meaning and purpose. We believe that given the right tools and the help of God, all men and women can overcome their past and be set free from their addictive behaviors and addictive lifestyles. As men and women embrace God, through personal relationship with Jesus Christ, all things become possible.

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Welcome to Nathan's House!

Andrew and Derick's Testimonies

Welcome to Frannie's House!

From FOX5 News - Heroin addict finds help at Md. sober house

Testimony from Taylor S.

Meet Our Team!

Lorelei and Eddie Irons, Directors

Along with my love of cooking I have found a passion in working with and mentoring other addicts. I share my story with anyone who wishes to hear it, a story of teenage addiction following me until I was 41 years old. I was the high functioning alcoholic that hid my addiction very well from the outside world. I started drinking and drugging at the age of 13 and knew I was an alcoholic by the age of 18. Not ready to deal with this, I used every milestone in my life to say "this will make it better". I hit my bottom at 41, with blackouts and a traumatic life event and sought sobriety. Very grateful to be living the life I have today, sober and giving it all to the Lord. I used to say to God daily, please "take this addiction from me", and now know it was not until I was ready to fully surrender it, would he receive it. I am grateful that Pastor Clark has entrusted me to direct this program. Matthew 7:7 says, Ask, Seek, Knock, it's all we have to do for true freedom!

Eddie shares his years of co-dependency with the house and is an amazing mentor and father like figure. To so many, this is such a special gift as many in addiction are/were without family. He instills character and compassion, and team building skills which come from his love of coaching wrestling and softball. Both of us work fulltime in the Healthcare Industry.

It is certainly a learning process as each candidate shares a different story. We feel blessed to be a part of each one's life, however short or long they stay. As a team we believe and share this verse: He frees the prisoners 8 and opens the eyes of the blind; he lifts the burdens from those bent down beneath their loads. For the Lord loves good men. Psalm 146:7-8.

Suzanne M Sondberg, CLC

"Life... Transition with it!"

Suzanne Sondberg is a certified life coach who guides individuals and professionals facing life transitions in meeting their expectations while maintaining a fulfilling personal life. She also helps clients facing relationship, career, and personal challenges to discover and achieve what they really want from their lives.

Suzanne’s clients find that they are better able to identify and follow-through on achieving their goals in their lives without compromising the time and energy needed for a successful life. She is a collaborative, solution focused Life Coach who integrates coaching techniques and helpful assignments to offer a highly personalized program. With compassion and understanding, Suzanne guides her clients to help build on their unique strengths so they can attain the personal growth they are committed to achieving.

Suzanne maintains a healthy life living strategy practice in which she has developed a creative product and strategy portfolio for life/balance transitions. She is a certified coach with a background in healthcare, recovery, and entrepreneurship. She leverages her recovery skills and conflict resolution strategies as a guide to clients through tough life transitions and challenging personal issues.

Suzanne began her career as Life Coach when tough life transitions that she faced needed skills that required growing and moving forward, rather than settling for the dark perceptions that follow grief and pain of radical change. In moving forward, her desire to “pay it forward” and coach others on the very skills and concepts she has obtained through her success.

Kimberly Prestipino

Certified Biblical Life Coach

I have known since I was a child that I wanted to be a counselor when I grew up. Now as an adult of I have grown to understand that counseling, coaching, and mentoring is indeed a God given call. What was born out of a challenging childhood God has developed and cultivated through my own personal experience with Christ centered therapy, Bible study, and most importantly an intimate personal relationship with Jesus.

My life verse is Romans 8:28, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This is my life verse because He has indeed done exactly that. He refuses to allow our pain to be in vain. Jesus gives it purpose. He takes the shame of our failure and turns it into redemption and restoration. He gives beauty for ashes.

Hebrews 12 talks about the joy set before Jesus that made him willing to endure the cross and scorn its shame. That joy was to see us set free from the bondages of this life that promise release but produce emptiness. I have a passion to share His plan to turn what the enemy meant for our destruction into hope and healing. Jesus longs for us to experience a life of abundance and freedom. He’s done his part at the cross, our part is to grasp His outstretched hand and begin the journey towards that freedom. I can think of no greater privilege than to share this hope with those who are where I’ve been.