Midsouth Sober Living
1950 Madison Avenue
Contact Information
Address 1950 Madison Avenue
Telephone 901 481-8030
E-mail info@midsouthsoberliving.org
Mission Statement Midsouth Sober Living provides sober living/transitional housing to those new in recovery.
Web and Social Media
Other ways to Donate, Support, or Volunteer http://www.midsouthsoberliving.org/donate.htm
CEO/Executive Director Walter Williams
Board Chair Mr. Andrew Branham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Counsel on Call
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2008
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $291,063.00
Projected Expenses $286,672.00
Mission Midsouth Sober Living provides sober living/transitional housing to those new in recovery.

Living in a Midsouth Sober Living center provides individuals with the opportunity to learn to live outside of the structure of a rehabilitation program while maintaining their alcohol- and drug-free lifestyle. The community support within an MSL facility reduces the risk of relapse and enables MSL residents to once again become contributing members of their families and productive citizens of their communities.

Midsouth Sober Living (MSL) is a nonprofit program founded in 2008 for the purpose of creating sober living/transitional housing centers for people who are new in recovery. Safe, affordable and most importantly, alcohol- and drug-free housing is scarce in the Memphis community.

MSL currently operates three centers - two for women and one for men. MSL can provide housing for up to 45 individuals while they embark on a new start in life.

Each facility has an onsite manager to provide assistance and guidance. Policies and rules have been created to facilitate a safe environment. Residents are encouraged and allowed the freedom to work, cook meals, own a car, and attend to other essential needs.

Supportive services are available to MSL residents through a partnership with First Step Recovery Centers (FSRC), a non-profit, state-licensed outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center (co-occurring capable) for adult men and women. This partnership allows MSL to offer treatment and recovery services to residents at no cost. These services include intensive outpatient drug and alcohol treatment (IOP), peer recovery support services, case management, and job readiness training/job placement services.

Midsouth Sober Living has made significant strides toward financial sustainability in the past year.
MSL succeeded in obtaining funding to purchase our leased women's facility on North Parkway. The grants used to purchase the property were MSL's largest grants to date:  $50,000 from The Plough Foundation and $53,500 from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency's Housing Trust Fund. We completed the application process to obtain $195,000 through the Federal Home Loan Bank's Affordable Housing Program to rehabilitate the Parkway facility, and we anticipate that a successful outcome to that application will be announced in November 2015.
Both Canvases, our annual art auction held the Friday after Valentine's Day, and our 18-hole Columbus Day golf tournament generated more revenue than ever before. We welcomed new sponsors for all of our fundraising events and continued to enjoy the support of established sponsors.
MSL's goals for the coming year:
  • Establish efficient electronic record keeping through the creation of a database to monitor resident progress, track outcomes, and increase fundraising success.
  • Overhaul existing website to integrate it with resident database, improve services, and recruit volunteers.
  • Complete rehabilitation of Parkway facility with FHLB funding.
  • Obtain private foundation grants for renovations at two facilities.
  • Retirement of debt - men's facility. The only one of our three facilities with debt, the men's facility on Peabody needs $150,000 to pay off the mortgage and be debt-free.
  • Scholarship fund. Scholarship money allows MSL to accept residents without the means to pay until they get back on their feet. One week of rent/program fees costs $140 - $160 per person. Establishing 2 scholarship beds at each of our three facilities for one year would cost $43,000 - $50,000.
  • Electronic Record Keeping Database. MSL needs the means to efficiently monitor resident progress and track outcomes, and Creation of a database and integrated website would cost approximately $18,000.
  • Development Director. MSL needs an experienced professional to spearhead fundraising efforts. The cost to fully fund this position is approximately $60,000 per year.
  • Program Director. MSL needs a program director to develop new programs to assist residents in their recovery process. The cost to fully fund this position is approximately $60,000 per year.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Shelby County
MSL operates three facilities located in Downtown and Midtown Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. We receive inquiries and accept residents arriving from throughout the Southeast.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Andrew Branham
Company Affiliation Executive Director, Counsel on Call
Term Jan 2008 to Jan 2016
Email andy.branham@counseloncall.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
Taylor Berger Newmark Grubb Memphis
Neil Bomar Psychiatrist, private practice
Andrew Branham Executive Director, Counsel on Call
Mac Edwards Restaurateur, The Farmer
Michael Graber Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Southern Growth Studio
Butch Odom Director of Behavioral Health, Church Health Center
Katy Spurlock Director of Education, The Urban Child Institute
Stephen Watts Senior Business Development, Foundations Recovery Network
Timothy Wheat CPA (retired)
Dan Winnett Attorney
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 1
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Executive Director
Executive Director Walter Williams
Email wwilliams@midsouthsoberliving.org
Walter Williams is the Executive Director of Downtown Memphis Ministry, Inc. dba First Step Recovery Centers. Downtown Memphis Ministry is a non-profit program that served homeless men needing housing and access to 12 step meetings from 1986 through December 2010. When Mr. Williams joined the agency in 2009, he changed the facility into a licensed outpatient treatment program. After obtaining several contracts from the State of Tennessee, the program now provides treatment services to Memphis’ indigent and uninsured population.
Mr. Williams is also the Executive Director of Midsouth Sober Living which provides sober living to adult men and women. When Mr. Williams came on as Executive Director, MSL had one facility with 14 beds. MSL currently operates three facilities that house up to 45 individuals. Additionally he started Memphis Area Prevention Coalition in 2009.
From 1994 to 2009 Mr. Williams was the Executive Director of Synergy Treatment Centers, a nonprofit licensed residential alcohol and drug treatment facility in Memphis that serves both men and women. Eighty-five percent of admissions into the one year treatment program were from the criminal court system as an alternative to incarceration. Most individuals faced four to six years in a correctional facility. During the fifteen years that Mr. Williams served as Executive Director, the facility grew from an 8-bed to an 84-bed facility, one of the largest in the state of Tennessee. The treatment program included a therapeutic work component that financially supported the program. Over the years, this client income grew from 47% to 80%. Mr. Williams also directed Synergy to becoming accepted as a member agency of the United Way of the Mid-South. Under Mr. Williams’s leadership, Synergy also operated a HUD-funded transitional housing facility.

In 2012 Mr. Williams co-founded the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee. He served as board member from 2012 to 2014.

Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 10
Contractors 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

MSL provides shared housing for adult men and women who are new in recovery. Residents participate in creating a supportive community as they practice the skills of life using the tools of recovery. They are required to pay rent/program fees, find and maintain employment or volunteer, go to meetings and work a 12 Step program of recovery, observe a curfew, and participate in housekeeping tasks. They are responsible for their own food and transportation. They may remain in MSL facilities as long as they are meeting program requirements and maintaining their recovery.

Population Served Adults
Budget $286,672.00
Short Term Success

95% of residents will complete 90 12-Step meetings in 90 days. 90% of residents will remain entirely abstinent during their first 90 days in an MSL facility. Of residents who are unemployed, 95% will obtain employment within their first two weeks at MSL. Of residents who relapse, 75% will enter a higher level of care (intensive outpatient or residential treatment).

Long Term Success

For residents who remain at MSL facilities for at least 90 days, 60% will continue 12-Step meetings and remain abstinent at 6 months after leaving MSL. MSL will reach capacity and maintain at least 80% occupancy at all three of its facilities.

Examples of Program Success

MSL receives referrals from many residential treatment facilities including Lakeside Behavioral Health, Delta Medical, Serenity Recovery Centers, Memphis Recovery Centers, Grace House, Harbor House, and the Oaks at La Paloma, to name a few. The men’s facility reached capacity and has maintained an occupancy rate of nearly 100% since December 2014. The women’s facility for those very new in recovery has maintained an occupancy rate of nearly 100% since July 2015.

Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01, 2016
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2016
Projected Revenue $291,063.00
Projected Expenses $286,672.00
Spending Policy N/A
Form 990s
Form 9902014View
Form 9902013View
Audit Documents
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit
MSL Charitable SolicitationsView
Address 1950 Madison Avenue
Primary Phone 901 481-8030
CEO/Executive Director Walter Williams
Board Chair Mr. Andrew Branham
Board Chair Company Affiliation Executive Director, Counsel on Call


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