Mission Statement

Social Model; Sustained Recovery; Safe, Clean and Secure


Meet Your Valley Sober Living Team

Robert Klinger


Founded Valley Sober Living in 2009 with the goal of helping a friend.  VSL has developed into a series of sober living environments in Stockton and Lodi.  The goal is to provide a clean, safe and healthy home for people in the process of recovery from the negative effects of addictive behavior.  Bob was a founder of the California NonProfit Center with the goal of helping low income families afford housing.  And, Bob was the executive director of Good Samaritan Community Services, Inc. and while there started the Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties.

Lon Strommes

General Manager

Lon has more than 12 years of experience with rehabilitation centers and sober living homes including Los Banos, Fresno, Santa Cruz, Stockton, Lodi and Ceres. Lon was formerly a CAS-1 (Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor and a SLS 1 (Sober Living Specialist.) Lon has earned his stripes while working with the Salvation Army and with TLC (a large sober living service in the Bay Area.) In the past 6 years Lon has served in the capacity of General Manager of Valley Sober Living Inc. Lon is responsible for opening each of the six Valley Sober Living sites. Lon is well known and well respected in the AA and NA worlds.

Steve Russell

Financial & Regulatory Adviser

An attorney with almost 50 years experience, specializing in Real Estate work-outs on a national level, acts as legal, financial and regulatory adviser to Valley Sober Living and Gold Country Haven. Russell acts as liaison to local government and community groups in seeking to form community coalitions to respond effectively to the growing lack of decent affordable housing for people in recovery. It is a great honor to celebrate my 35 years of sobriety by "paying it forward" to those persons in our society that just need hope and compassion.

Lauren Klinger

Head of Accounts Receivables

Lauren Klinger graduated from California State University, Chico in 2016 with a BS in Communication of Sciences and Disorders. Since graduating, Lauren has worked for both Valley Sober Living as the head of accounts receivables, and a Physical Therapy Aide for Central Valley Physical Therapy. It is Lauren’s goal to continue her fathers mission with Valley Sober Living to provide clean, safe, and healthy homes for people in the process of recovery.

Jason Hedgecock

VSL Court Liaison

Started working in radio for nearly 5 years right out of college, having gotten a radio broadcasting license from San Jose City College. Once I left radio broadcasting I was co-owner of an internet cafe (Rapid Fire Network Center) and working at an internet colocation, AboveNet (Metromedia Fibernetworks). After life ups and downs I felt it was time to make a change. Wanting to live as a sober man I checked in at Valley Sober Living, 4 years later as the manager of the Lodi house on Elm St and also as the VSL Court Liaison at Valley Sober Living.

Denise O'Connell

GCH Senior Administrator

Joined the team in 2016 as Senior Administrator. She oversees all office administrative functions, regulatory compliance and financial aspects for Gold Country Haven, LLC. She is excited to participate in these programs and to be part of changing lives.

Improving Lives Through The Sober Living Experience

Our programs use a personalized real world approach to provide participants the tools and skills they need to actualize long term sobriety. As a Participant at Valley Sober Living, you will develop meaningful connections with new friends and partners. You will also create lasting relationships with new found friends. Our goal is to promote a harmonious community of wellness that retains a distinctive cool and inviting living environment.