More than a Sober Living
Marcus Abernathy has a Master's Degree in Psychology, is in recovery from heroin addiction, and has lived in and managed sober living environments since entering recovery. His education, experience, and passion for helping others led him to being founder of Tulsa's newest concept in Sober Living - Sangha.
"I have seen what works and what does not, and I wanted to create an environment that gives our residents the best chance of re-integrating back into the Tulsa community. I am constantly looking for opportunities and partnerships that will benefit our residents. I love this town, and this is my way of giving back to it in the best way I know how."
Marcus Abernathy, Executive Director
Residents at Sangha get more than a safe place to crash at night, they are provided with numerous resources to assist them while they start on their journey into recovery. Because Sangha in a nonprofit, we are able to have a more "hands on" approach with our residents and their transition. This does not mean we micro-manage them, rather we are available when we are needed. Not only are we available, we are armed with resources from access to a free medical clinic, to felony-friendly staffing services.
Residents currently have a full access gym membership (within walking distance of the house) which includes yoga classes, free weights, showers and spa rooms. We have also arranged preferred access to four staffing agencies - two of which are able to assist applicants who have felony charges on their record. Sangha is implementing a mentorship program for residents who are nearing their transition into independent living, where they can apply to be paired with a successful member of the Tulsa Community who has offered to share their time, encouragement, and advice. Recently, conversations with Tulsa Tech have begun regarding accessibility to a variety of training and skill-building classes. We also try to regularly take our residents on team building activities like rock climbing, paintball, camping and trips to the lake (weather permitting).
Sangha really does love Tulsa! Executive Director Marcus Abernathy is a member of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce, while Sangha's House Manager Dylan Witt is an active member of Tulsa Young Professionals (TYPros). Each of them are constantly seeking to build new and fruitful relationships within the Tulsa Community. Our mission is to help our residents become productive and socially responsible members of the Tulsa Community, and each of these relationships help us fulfill that mission. As the name Sangha means “community” – that is truly what we are building; a community of men supporting each other in their recovery. It is beautiful to witness!