Killingsworth is located in the historic University Hills Neighborhood of Columbia, South Carolina within walking distance of the University of  South Carolina campus and shopping areas.  Killingsworth is on the Comet city bus line.

Staff offices and common rooms are located on the main floor, and eight shared bedrooms and three large bathrooms are on the second floor.  A washer and dryer are on site.  Killingsworth has a desktop computer for residents’ use.

We have  limited closet and storage, so residents are advised to bring only seasonal clothing and personal items used on a regular basis.  

Sixteen beds are available for residency; we are often full and maintain a waiting list of applicants.  Applications are not handled as “first come, first served.” Applicants who are considered for admission must meet certain criteria.  We are not equipped to admit emergency referrals.

How to Become a Resident

How to become a resident of Killingsworth:

If you would like to be considered for residency you are asked to:

Complete an application.  Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the application.  Having a professional referral helps: such as a therapeutic counselor or a social worker.  

Before you can move into Killingsworth, you will need to read, sign, and agree to abide by the following:

     the house rules                         

     the drug testing policy       

     promise to pay rent            

    provide  emergency contact information     

Include your own letter, one to two pages, outlining what has happened to you and what you understand you can do to change your life.

Mail your documents to Killingsworth, fax them or hand deliver them. Mail or deliver to 1831 Pendleton Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or fax to 803-779-6473.  You may scan and email your documents to 

You will be notified if you are being considered for an interview. Call 803-771-6359 after a week or so, to follow up and inquire about your status.

What an applicant can expect:           

Rent includes room and board, and is paid in advance.  A deposit and one week’s rent is due when you move in, and is paid thereafter one week ahead.  You receive a receipt for each rent payment,  if you do not, please notify the Director.

All residents are required to work or be in an approved training, educational, or rehabilitation program a minimum of 30 hours a week within two weeks of moving in.

Residents fix their own breakfast and lunch, and clean up afterwards.  Supper is prepared by our cook, and is available from 6:30 til 7:30 p.m. 

All residents help take care of the house.  In addition to cleaning her own room, each resident is given another household responsibility.

Curfew is 10:00 PM Sunday through Thursday, and midnight on Friday and Saturday.  New residents have a daily 9:00 PM  curfew during their first thirty days at Killingsworth.

Residents are not allowed to visit in each other’s rooms upstairs nor to enter another resident’s room for any reason.  All visiting must be done downstairs.

Residents must notify staff when leaving the house.  Residents may not leave Killingsworth after 9:00 PM , and no visitor may come after 9:00 PM.

All prescription medication must be turned in and then taken as prescribed. Each resident is responsible for asking for her medicine when she knows it is time for her to take it, or to take it with her to work.

Residents are not allowed any use of alcohol or drugs or inappropriate use of medication. Any use, abuse, or relapse results in termination.

Residents treat other residents and staff with respect in language and conduct.  Residents will maintain appropriate sexual behavior.

Unless a staff person is present, offices are off-limits.  Knock before entering.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the house.  The front and back porches are available for smoking.  Any smoking upstairs will be grounds for immediate termination.

Monday and Thursday nights are required in-house nights and residents will attend all house meetings on those evenings.  Monday is mandatory, no exceptions for work or class.

If a resident is gone for 24 hours without notifying the staff, she is automatically terminated.

Visitors are welcome between 9:00 AM and 9:00 PM  except   on Monday evenings. Visitors are asked to leave at 9:00 PM. Children who visit must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Residents attend all life-skills or support groups as recommended.  Residents in recovery must attend AA or NA.  Residents who have received a recommendation for counseling or therapy must follow up on group or individual therapy.

Residents who wish to sleep have priority over their roommate’s iPods and sound  systems. Quiet upstairs after 10:00 PM.  Loud music and noise including loud conversations will not be tolerated at any time.

If you have any questions, please ask Staff.

If you are a former resident, we would love to hear from you. Your story can inspire others and help us continue to provide service and care to those who need it.

Please contact us (803) 771-6359 or come by to see us and let us know how you are doing and what exciting things are going on in your life!

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