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The Jericho House
December 1, 2011

I am a recovering alcoholic and addict and have recently completed my Master’s in Psychology. I am interested in helping others like myself. Larry has been a family friend for over 30 years and I wanted his advice on how to get involved in a rehabilitation program to help other addicts. My dad and I spent several days at the Jericho House this July sharing meals, prayer time, and a church service with the men and their families. What I saw was amazing. A house full of addicts committed to Jesus, to each other, and to being sober whatever the cost. Addicts, including myself and Larry, spend lifetimes destroying friends, families, and loved ones. One year of life-saving separation from those same people to bring healing and restoration seems to be a small price to pay. The men I met seemed to agree.

I have kept in weekly contact with one of the men in the house since my visit through the mail. He celebrated his 5th month of sobriety this week which is the longest he has ever been sober. His letters are full of the love of Jesus. He constantly writes about what he is learning and the wonderful opportunity God has given him to spend this time at the Jericho House with other men that he has grown to trust and love. He has rebuilt relationships with his children and family. He now has a hope in a future he would not have dreamed of before.

If his were the only life changed by the Jericho House, it would be enough. Thank you to the McKenna’s who have lived through addiction and STILL CHOSE to help other addicts anyway.

To you Larry,

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa

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2011

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