Kelly Maxwell

Kelly W. Maxwell has a long history of working with the homeless and with troubled veterans. He is the Founding Chairman of the South Bay Sober Living Coalition; Charter Board Member and Founding Vice-President and Past President of the Los Angeles County Sober Living Coalition; Founding Co-Chair and past Chair Sober Living Network (Multiple Counties); Past Board Member of Serenity House (South Bay Recovery, Inc.), and past Administrator for the Shelter Assistance Association. 

Kelly W. Maxwell was raised in Redondo Beach, California where he attended public schools and later went into active duty of the US Air Force.  

Maxwell served from March 1972 to December 1975 in the US Air Force as an Auto Pilot/Navigation Systems technician working primarily on the Galaxy C-5A cargo transport aircraft.

Kelly Maxwell attended business college after his military commitment, and worked as an investment counselor and a real estate investor until he returned to aerospace in 1981. 

In 1990, Maxwell became aware that there was a gap in services for the homeless and Veteran populations, and came to understand that many homeless vets were in dire need of services with respect to substance abuse and mental health therapy. Maxwell felt compelled to lease and purchase homes throughout Southern California to help alleviate the gap in services.  

Throughout his 28-years of providing shelter service, Maxwell has helped many people who are afflicted with mental illness and substance abuse issues to achieve stability.  

Kelly Maxwell is the CEO/Founder of the Progress House Veterans Project and Structured Sober Living Environment established in 1991.  This organization currently has 84 beds in 8 houses. At its peak, Progress House accommodated 230 beds in 20 houses, prior to the great recession.


Progress House Veterans Project: We are a veteran owned and operated transitional housing program. Although we included many non-veterans to the program, our outreach focus is towards military veterans with combat stress/PTSD, TBI (Traumatic brain injury), substance abuse, and other service related issues. Our desire is to provide a safe, supportive, drug and alcohol free transition living environment for our warriors (men and women).

We currently have several homes located in the South Bay area of Southern California (Los Angeles area) with plans to expand with our “Progress House Veterans Project” which will provide housing specifically for separate men and women veterans. Most of our residents are primarily regular members of society who are seeking a clean and sober lifestyle and/or a supportive transition to civilian life. (Due to our proximities to parks and schools, we cannot accept Penal Codesection 290 sex offenders).

Progress House has cultivated a comprehensive program within the recovery

community. State and County Court Systems, and the Departments of Corrections and Probation Progress House will provide regular progress reports to all agencies upon request as required.

New residents receive personal attention as soon as they enter our office for the initial intake and assessment process after which they are assigned to a specific location most suitable to their specific needs. At their new “home”, the resident again receives personal attention from the live in house manager and introduced to his new housemates. Every effort is made to assist the new resident feel safe and secure in their new surroundings.

Progress House offers each resident the opportunity to achieve their successful re-entry into normal life experiences and responsibilities outside the protective walls of the residence.

Progress House also has special programs effective for compliance with special cases such as: alternative custody, high relapse risks, and severe chemical dependency cases.


We Facilitate Safe Living spaces

Unique to Progress House, we have three categories of structure available for court or probation assigned residents as well as for our general recovery seeking residents.


The primary focus of our structure is the 12 step recovery process and the developmental model of recovery. Our emphasis on this fundamental aspect of recovery within our safe and supportive living environment offers an optimal opportunity for a successful launch into an independent clean and sober lifestyle.


The Established Method (Normal Level)

Category One is the established method (normal level) for residents that have proven very effective for most addicts and alcoholics. The residents are closely monitored for compliance to established conditions of residency which includes adherence to curfew, accountability of whereabouts while away from their residence, accountability to staff and peers, 12-step meeting attendance, residential meetings, and random multi-substance urinalysis and/or electronic breathalyzer testing.


— The Monitered Method

 Category Two is similar to “house arrest” and consists of all conditions in category one and includes construction of pre-established and verifiable itineraries that are closely monitored by the Progress House staff. Destination and return sheets are matched with the established plan. This structure works well with those residents who are employed on have other official” appointments that require limited periods of time away from the residence.


— Lock Down Method

Category Three is often referred to as “lock-down”. All conditions as the prior two levels remain; however, residents must remain on premises and may not leave for any reason unless escorted by a Progress House staff member or representative. Category three is effective for compliance to alternative custody, high relapse risk, and severe chemical dependency cases.



— Drug and Alcohol Testing

Abstinence from alcohol and illicit drugs are a requirement for residency. We conduct random multi-substance urinalysis and electronic breathalyzer tests for all residents.


— Court Liaison

Progress House staff, if requested in advance, can be present at court hearings. Often residents are either sentenced directly from court to Progress House for a period of time and/or released from incarceration into Progress House custody.


— Progress Reports

Progress House management can provide individualized resident progress reports to any agency requesting such documentation.


— Service Referrals

Progress House does not provide treatment or psychotherapy although the internal structure within our homes will require lifestyle changes. Many outpatient clinics, therapists and hospitals provide local assistance to many of our residents. We have an ordained minister on staff that can provide short term, problem solving, pastoral counsel via Point Man Ministries South Bay.


— Veterans Projects

Progress House is veteran owned and operated. We have been providing clean and sober housing since 1991. In January 2013, the Orenda Veterans Project was launched in Apple Valley, CA that is dedicated specifically for our veterans. Our nation is experiencing a huge influx of our newest generation of veterans. Combined with existing veterans of earlier times, and the current economic and unemployment situation, a very urgent need now exists to provide assistance to our veterans


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