Meet our Staff

Matt Bandstra

Program Manager

I grew up in Des Moines, Iowa and started using at age 13. I was arrested for the first time at age 15 and by the summer after my senior year, just before I left for college, I was spiraling out of control.

I attended two outpatient treatment programs with little success, and finally agreed to inpatient treatment at Hazelden Plymouth. I decided to take their recommendation following my stay and went straight to Saint Paul Sober Living. I reluctantly committed to their 90-day program but quickly found a happiness and sense of belonging with my housemates and the community. This changed my perception of what it means to be sober. I told my family every month that I was coming home--but something about the guys and the community kept me around.

It’s been nearly two years since I came to Minnesota and today I am happy to call it home. I started working at SPSL as a driver in January 2015. Now as Program Manager I spend my days helping to ensure that the residents have an experience like mine. Today I know that sobriety is not a sentence to a life of boredom for someone in their late teens and early twenties. In fact, the opposite has proven to be true. With the close group of friend’s I have made in SPSL and the support of the recovery community I am having a fun and fulfilling life in sobriety and truly believe this is achievable for anyone.

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