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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Counseling, Health, Mental Health, Public & Societal Benefit, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: The mission of the Beacon House Association is to assist men recover the disease of alcoholism and addiction.  We provide food, shelter, counseling and time to build a foundation for long term recovery and a return to normal, useful life.

Geographic areas served: Greater Los Angeles Area

Programs: Provides residential alcohol and drug community recovery programs and facilities to men. The association's population is comprised of males 18 years and older who have a high rate of homelessness, unemployment, criminal and institutional histories, post-traumatic stress disorder from military combat and/or childhood abuse, untended health issues and alienation from family and society. The association's services and strategy involve continuous peer to peer support throughout a wide range of daily structured groups and classes, recreational activities and outings, community service and events. These are designed to teach adult responsibility, discipline, communication, teamwork, leadership, work ethics, honesty, humility, gratitude, character development, esteem building and social connectedness. The association intervenes on dysfunctional and destructive attitudes and behaviors through individual and group counseling, peer to peer mentoring, accountability group, peer group, resident council meetings, 12-step recovery meetings, 12-step recovery literature group study, 12-step work and classes in relapse prevention, anger management, parenting and re-parenting techniques and leadership skills. The association's goals are to prepare the men to establish and sustain sobriety, stable housing, employment, legal compliance and healthy family and social connectedness, thus enhancing their overall quality of life.

as part of their recovery, beacon house residents undertake certain entrepreneurial projects that serve as both a way to engage the residents in the community while earning money for the beacon house. These resident enterprises include landscaping and community beautification projects, managing a thrift shop, staffing community events and catering breakfast and specialty-themed dinner events onsite at the beacon house. These provide opportunities for the men to learn comprehensive job skills and contribute to the financial health of the association.

Community Stories

8 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Beacon House is a God send. It gave us our family back. And, provided us an opportunity to give of ourselves to help the Beacon House. You can feel the spirit of God's work any time you are at the Beacon House. I am honored and deeply humbled to be a part of this great recovery home for men.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beacon House is an inspiration for those who watch the tiny little miracles that happen there. It is a true gift to see how they succeed. Great program! Andi H.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

First I give all credit to my higher power who I call God .if was not for the beacon house I would truly be lost this house show me how important life is and how to handle every day problem with out drugs and alcohol ever thing I learn there. Will put it this way if you think you have a problem with drugs and alcohol then go to the beacon house and you will find out what I'm talking about Thank you god and the house Mike Grindle

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beacon House has been helping my brother-in-law to become a productive member of society. Without this house he would still be homeless abusing drugs or maybe even dead. This house is great place for such of people who wants to change in life and be able to help others who are in the same situation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beacon House has helped me become a productive member of society. Without this house I would still be homeless abusing alcohol or maybe even dead. The house has taught me to give back, volunteer, and help others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I went to the Beacon House in 2008. It was a very depressing and difficult situation to deal with. Even though I was willing and worked hard I felt as though the members who had been there longer singled me out and would really make things hard on the newer individuals that were there voluntarily. Also most were there through drug court and had a lot to lose if removed from the program those people would make it hard on the ones who were there on their own free will. Overall I was very depressed while at the BH and really could not confide with anybody without total beratement. On more than one occasion my medication was being withheld by the other patients or staff. After a long weekend [Christmas] my meds were withheld and on Sunday night while at a meeting another program person was very derogatory after I received a 90 day chip and I had an emotional meltdown already in a depressive state I seriously was at an end. Subsequently the next day I was removed from the program. It was a very cult like atmosphere that is geared toward the courts approval so they can have a continuous supply of addicts whom are not very motivated to change but very motivated to program and play the game which most are very good at playing since they spent plenty of time in prison. I have been sober two years now thank God and no thanks to beacon house. They have far more dropouts than success story's. The numbers are fudged and the successes are few. Overall I would say this program works if you are afraid to go back to the pen.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Beacon House has save my life to say the least. I have been to and know of many other treatment facilities but none other compare.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first came to the Beacon House I was suicidal and hopeless. I saw no way of getting out of my predicament. I needed something different and was willing to try the Beacon House program of action. The moment I arrived I was welcomed by men who were offering me clothes and food. For the first time in my life I felt safe. Through the process of the program I started to gain hope and see life in a different light. I was able to participate in community activities where I had a sense of purpose. The genuine care and love this house has demonstrated towards me is undeniable. I am now an intern at the house and attending Cal State Dominguez Hills this fall to pursue a career in counseling. I have found God and see his works daily. This house is nothing short of a miracle. I continuously see men recover from hopeless states and grow towards an active lifestyle where they help other men. I want to thank this house for the opportunity it has given me.

Comments ( 1 )

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beacnhouse 06/29/2010

Thank you Jorge. Your comments are heartfelt and sincere. Keep up the good work.