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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.

Results: Sixty (60) percent of the men who complete our program stay sober!

Target demographics: Men from across the nation who otherwise could not afford treatment for drug addiction and alcoholism.

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

132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beacon House saved my son’s life. The House returned him to his children, cured the demons he carried from, serving as combat medic, and allowed my son to live up to his potential. Every time I attend an event at the House, at least several men thank me for my son’s guidance and support. To me, this ripple effect is the magic of Beacon House. It doesn’t just heal individuals , it heals families and communities. It is the best non profit!

1 rjk71

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I arrived for treatment at the Beacon House in 2014, I was full of fear, shame and remorse. I came here hopeless and desperate for a change. A supportive yet challenging environment was waiting for me and it was just what I needed. The Beacon House has shown me the tools to stay sober, given me a hope for my future and has reunited me with my family. The experience I’ve had here has out measured anything I could have ever imagined upon entering treatment. I will be forever grateful for the Beacon House because this place has saved my life!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Daniel Velky, my experience with The Beacon House is a life changing one. I was at the house for three and a half years. In 2014 I left the house and continued using alcohol and drugs. After three days i realized how i messed up and called every day for 6 months, knowing that The Beacon House was something extraordinary. After many surrenders I have been clean and sober and god filled for three and a half years, I have a host of friends a purpose and a job helping the homeless community and being reintroduced to someone who I thought I would only visit at his graveside. Thank you God and The Beacon House for never giving up on me and believing in me.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Las Candalistas is a non profit organization that has been fundraising to support local children's and environmental charities since 1967. We do this by having 2 fundraising events every year. We simply couldn't put on these events without the kind, polite and hard working men of the Beacon House. These wonderful men have been helping us for many years to put our events on by loading and unloading our trucks with the items we use for our events, and helping us set up. They do it all with a smile and are all so eager to help in any way they can. We could not do what we do without their help. We are forever grateful for the hand that they definitely have in helping us to contribute millions of dollars to children's and environmental causes in the South Bay. Thank you Beacon House Men!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has been at the Beacon House since Nov.15, 2016, the day that changed all of our lives forever. On this day we dropped our son at the door of the Beacon House and were told to say good bye we would see him in about a year. We kissed him good bye and did not know what to expect. We found out about the Beacon House from an addiction counselor at his 6 th rehab program. We have since gone back to that counselor to thank him. Why did it take us so long to find the Beacon House? The work they do here is incredible, there is no other place like this. I believe the Beacon House should be the model by which all other rehab programs fashion themselves. Yes it is a year long, but this is why it works. They are not just detoxing they are changing lives, this takes time. It took my son 27 years to get where he had gotten, you can't change that in 30,60, or 90 days. The Beacon House has done for my son what my husband and myself were unable to do. They changed the focus of our sons life from himself to serving others. He is back in school, helping the community, he is calm, at peace and happy. I will spend the rest of my life thinking of ways to repay this priceless gift.

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2

Donor

Rating: 5

My son has been clean and sober for 5-1/2 years because of the Beacon House and because of my sons hard work. The Beacon House is like no other rehab. Most rehabs are 30-90 days. The first phase of the Beacon House is close to 1 year depending on the individual. Yes, depending on the individual. The Beacon House looks at these amazing men individually and helps them heal and work through old wounds or whatever the case may be. The men are not just automatically discharged after a certain number of days. Its a case by case basis. The Beacon House is truly amazing. My son had overdosed 3 times before going to the Beacon House and the 3rd time we were told to call our family because he was probably not going to survive! Now, we have our son back in our family:) He received his Associates Degree this past spring and is moving forward with his education at Cal State Long Beach. He works and continues to give back to the community as well as the Beacon House. This program is like no other. I only wish more of them were out there. Our family is beyond grateful for the Beacon House!!!!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Beacon House saved my sons life. This is rehab like no other! No one is turned away because of finances and it is a long term commitment that I believe is necessary for anyone struggling with addiction. The staff is unbelievable! I'm so grateful for the Beacon House!!!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor since 2011. My company employed Beacon House men and they were awesome. On time, trustworthy, great with our customers, and my staff loved working with them. The culinary program has catered events for me and for other organizations I am involved with - always with excellent results. When I needed volunteers they were always the first to step up. The men and the program is awesome.

Walt S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was recently introduced to Beacon House by a friend who donates much time and effort to assuring it's continued success. We shared a delightful dinner with a hundred or so other supporters which was catered by the young men in residence. I had heard of Beacon House but never visited their San Pedro campus. What a memorable and uplifting experience to tour and meet such fine young men who have transitioned from losers into winners! Well mannered, inspirational and mature young men who present well and have every potential to go out and contribute to society and live virtuous, upstanding, and happy lives as their future unfolds.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beacon house introduced me to the void filler that I was trying my whole life to fill with things of this world! Thank you Jesus Christ and beacon house for my new life!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son has reclaimed his life and found his purpose thanks to The Beacon House! This program is literally a life saver. My joy and gratitude are so great that words fail me.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place has provided a brotherhood that we couldn't give to our son. They taught him how to love himself and be accountable for his behavior and actions. I have loved seeing these guys transform into the men they are meant to be. They have a purpose and the support they need to reach their future goals. My heart soars when I hear how respected they are in the community. Most importantly, they have found faith to support each other through each day no matter what occurs. They have a bond that is so strong! The transformation has been a miracle for my family and I to see and keep in our hearts forever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see my better half (pastelro) posted our Halloween story, and the rest, as they say, is history. I plan our family’s Thanksgiving dinner to be able to volunteer at the Beacon House. The Beacon House is hope— not only for the men courageous enough to transform their lives and recover from the disease of addiction – it serves as a model of hope for us all. Attorney and civil rights leader, Mahatma Gandhi, said, “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” He also said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” These men are the personification of faith in humanity and the positive impact of change in our world. They do so much for the community beyond the boundaries of San Pedro, CA that it is my honor and privilege that these men allow me to volunteer and support them any way I can. I am in healthcare, and I believe that the secret to the Beacon House’s success is the fact that it does not accept any financial assistance from a health plan. Theirs is not a cookie cutter formula. It is a true conversion. It is awe inspiring seeing these men grow and become the man each is intended to be in God’s divine grace. They each encourage me to be a better version of myself just by being themselves. Please come to a Bistro and experience it yourself. It will change your life for the better!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thankfully I, nor any family member, have needed the services of the Beacon House but if required, hands down this is the ONLY place treatment would be sought - We learned of the Beacon House during a Halloween event they used to host more then a decade back - We were so impressed with the Beacon House we volunteered for their Thanksgiving and Christmas events which has now become a holiday tradition for our family- This then lead to the discovery of the monthly Bistro events where the men prepare and serve gourmet meals for an extremely reasonable price - These end of month dinners serve as our "date night" - This event is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the miracles that take place daily - The men are very eager to engage in conversation and provide an amazing dining experience - Over the years we have been attending we have gotten to know many of them - Its always a delight to see their smiling faces and share in the excitement of their journey of sobriety - After dinner the men share their stories - They candidly discuss how their lives have been given a sense of purpose - We have witnessed first hand how their lives have been and continue to be transformed - In addition, I have seen the men out in the community doing work - Their enthusiasm is contagious - There is something truly magical about the Beacon House - They have a recipe for success that is unrivaled - Don't believe me, then I encourage you to attend a Bistro (event dates are on their website) and see for yourself - The men look forward to meeting you!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Norwegian Seamen's Church has been in San Pedro since 1941. Our closest neighbor is Beacon House and they are the best neighbors anyone could ask for. They provide great services to San Pedro and they make the neighborhood feel more secure with their presence.

Whenever we need help to setup and run big events they show up with a smile and do a great job. There are so many different jobs that they have helped us with, we feel truly blessed. They are just the nicest guys you could meet! At the church we have been so touched to hear their stories and we wish them all the best in the years to come!

2 Linda230

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beacon House is an awesome resource to this community! Their commitment to community service not only builds better men, it supports the whole town and inspires us to be better humans. Eternally grateful for the work you do and for rescuing so many men, to give them a second chance at being productive citizens.

2 Osmara R.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Beacon House Association has been a great partner with Marymount California University (MCU). They have hosted our students for various classroom assignments (such as substance abuse and homelessness), project and events (Beacon House monthly dinners for our Drug Use and Abuse Class). Recently, we have also collaborated on having students that are of concern and/or at risk to volunteer at the Beacon House in hopes to steer them in the right direction by seeing the realities of life. The Student Wellness Center at MCU is grateful for their support in working with our department along with our Mariner family.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Family Promise of the South Bay is also a non-profit in the South Bay that helps newly homeless children & their families in transition achieve housing stability by providing short-term shelter, meals, case management and hospitality. We provide our graduates with all they need to set up their new household. Most items are donated by compassionate residents who are downsizing or moving. Beacon House donated their truck & men to help us with a large move from a residence to our storage unit. They arrived on time, were extremely professional and didn't stop for a moment until the job was done! Thanks to the men of Beacon House, multiple families & their children will have a fresh start in a furnished home. We could not have done it without them!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Beacon House
Is the shelter and home that the guys need , they welcome with o-en arms, if your willing or broken they take you and transform you from the lost addict to a community serving individual, I have never seen such beautiful transformations of men , I wish we could have hundreds of programs this good for all who are out there and lost, I will be forever grateful to this unbelievable program, you truly saved my sons life, it took him 4 years and you led by example
Thank you seems very small but oh my goodness we are forever grateful
Blessings and continued support for all the guys there
My son matt hall is living his life the way he wants it to be
Honorable and with dignity

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beacon House saved my son's life. This facility gave him the support and tough love needed to overcome his addiction. The Beacon House taught him to be the man of character we always knew him to be before drug addition took over his life. They provided him with the tools to reenter mainstream society. They helped him develop a sense of community and helped him to learn of a higher purpose in life. Hopefully, he will pass these on to others who are lucky enough to enter the Beacon House. As the years go by we continue to lose others to drug addiction and with broken hearts we feel so sad for their families and so blessed at the same time to know there is help out there if folks can find it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to The Beacon House a broken man. They accepted me with open arms when I had nothing but the cloths on my back and not a penny to my name. They nursed me back to health and showed me how to live life on life's terms without resorting to drinking or using. I didn't think there was any hope of me ever changing, that my life was over. But it wasn't. In fact they showed me that it had just begun! I owe everything to this house. How can you put a price on a new lease in life? You can't. I hope to always be involved with The Beacon House and will do whatever I can to help them continue there mission.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to applaud and salute the men and youth who volunteered their time to provide community service in and around San Pedro. One morning I woke up and saw 5 bright yellow Beacon House shirts working hard on cleaning the shrub, weeds and trash at the end of our culde sac street. When I approached them to find out who they were I was surprised to learn about what the Beacon House was and the type of services they provide. They all seem very happy and committed to leave our street as clean as possible. They stayed over 5 hours to do a FANTASTIC job! May I say that day's temperature was close to 90 degrees!! What a tremendous privilege, honor and opportunity to meet these fine men and learn about the Beacon House! I want to thank and wish the organization continued success and hope the men seeking guidance and support through the BH find it rewarding to know their services are meaningful and appreciated! My 5 year old son got his first taste of what community service is all about! Thank you!
- Gardena resident

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandson walked in there a lost & in denial child. The program at Beacon house, all those that work there, mentor there and support the young men SAVED HIS LIFE. They work on the physical, emotional , mental & spiritual growth of the addict. I will for forever be in their gratitude. He is now a loving, caring, responsible young man.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beacon House of San Pedro is a loving safe environment that provides guidance, leadership and opportunity and turns the residents into men. I have seen the miracle. My son is a man who knows his God and is guided by his conscience. I see the sparkle in his eyes after so many years of seeing a blank empty darkness. He is alive with the love of life and all because of the love, fellowship, and enlightenment at The Beacon House staff. Amazing program.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I just had the great pleasure of spending time at the Beacon House for a graduation. My grandson graduated and I was able to witness not only his success so far but the successes amongst all these talented men. You feel the spirit of love, God, fellowship and compassion as you walk through the properties. Congratulations to all the staff, Board Members, Alumni Association and contributors to this great association. A special congratulations to the graduates!

6 Karen381

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastically successful program! The house provides a safe haven for men who have lost hope of recovery, but who are willing to grasp one last opportunity. Peer support and participation in a 12-step program help the men examine their own lives, gain confidence and begin to make plans for the future. Education, employment and volunteer opportunities are available and encouraged. Outreach to the community takes many forms. One of the most satisfying is the Bistro, in which the men plan, prepare and serve a monthly sit-down dinner for the public.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

If you're ready to get help and work hard for it, Beacon House is where you should land, if you're really tired of being sick & struggling, get in there. I've seen, and continue to see the lives given back to so many, its not easy but the staff is ready for you and are ready to help you get back into life. God blessed Pedro with the Beacon House!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are not enough words to describe the gratitude and appreciation for the staff at The Beacon House. I recently was able to witness their work first hand at my son's graduation from Phase 1, it was amazing. The love and support that they have for each other and themselves is a true blessing and gave me an opportunity to reflect on what I am doing to give back. This organization is teaching these men to give to anyone in need with love, respect and understanding something this world so desperately needs right now.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will start with three things I am eternally grateful for and in order, God, the VA Hospital in Long Beach and the Beacon House. I came to the house back in the day when there were only eighteen men in the primary program. Mary P. was the ED, and Luis L. was PD. If it were not for the aforementioned list of three eternally things I am grateful for, I would have not celebrated twenty years of sobriety this past August. As the Beacon House taught me in my early recovery, I could not have achieved the life I have today. The importance of becoming honest with my self, learning to be open-minded, willing to go to any lengths and being of service to others were instilled into me and have been the keys to a happier and more productive life. Although I do not live in the area anymore and have not in years, the Beacon House will always have a special place in my heart.

5 Barbro

Donor

Rating: 5

We have been affiliated with Beacon House for a couple of years and I am forever grateful for all they do. They are an amazing organization that very successfully help men finding their way in life, finding their purpose and learning to live the way they were intended to live, as happy, responsible and loving men. Thanks, to Beacon House we now have our son back in our lives and I honestly don't believe that could have happened without the people at Beacon House. I am thankful to them every day and we continue to give them all the help we can so they can continue the awesome job they do. Thank you all at Beacon House for all you do!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the men of Beacon House for several years. The organization is the best of it's kind. The men are wonderful, appreciative, kind and a wonderful asset to the City of San Pedro and surrounding communities. Just being around the House and listening to to their stories lifts my spirits and makes me want to strive to be a better person. I have attended graduations, their Bistro's and Community breakfasts and I have to say you won't find a better group of dedicated individuals who are giving back to everyone they touch. I belong to an organization called "The Wonder Women". Our prime purpose is to raise funds for Scholarships for the men. We are bursting with pride every time they tell us how well they are doing in school and how much they appreciate our donations. I can honestly say that I LOVE BEACON HOUSE. Marilyn Bennett

4

Donor

Rating: 5

The Beacon House is a wonderful organization that has made a huge impact on so many lives. I've been honored to participate in several fund raising events and I've seen first hand how positive an experience the Beacon House is to the men in the program and the people who help outside the program. The Beacon House truly wants to help their men and the men truly want to be helped. I think that's why the Beacon House is so successful!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beacon House Family never fails to impress. I have attended a number of events over the years, and each and every one is special in it's own way. Everyone is courteous and kind. The food is wonderful and the service is always great... in that these gentlemen truly appreciate your being there. They are funny and humble. It is always a delight to attend. They give back so generously to the community; assisting other non-profits with events, helping individuals in need, and Joe's crew...working on clearing plant growth and trash pick up...to keep our neighborhoods looking great. Thank you so much for all that you do !

6

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.

8

Donor

Rating: 5

When I attended my first fund raiser for The Beacon House I was very impressed with several things. First, the men of Beacon House actively participated in the success of the fundraiser. They provided artwork for sale and prepared and served our dinner, which was delicious. We were given the opportunity to meet and interact with the men our funds were serving. Second, I was impressed by the fact that the men are expected to serve their surrounding community by performing voluteer acts themselves. This provides them with a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Finally, it was made very clear that they are provided with occupational training and/or schooling giving them an exit plan. I used to participate in another program but it did not have any type of follow up or transition program for the participants rejoining society. This is not the case with The Beacon House - the men receive full and complete support in their transition. It is a wonderful and blessed program.

6

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.

6

Client Served

Rating: 4

It is an amazing organization! I look forward to buying my Christmas wreath every year from Beacon House. :)

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don't think I can express how much the beacon house has helped change my life. I came to the beacon house in 2011 and my life has not been the same since. They provided a safe environment for me to do the work necessary to build a solid foundation in recovery. These are people who clearly love what they do and have dedicated their lives to helping others. I really cant say enough about this organization and it has inspired me to spend my life helping others in need.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Beacon House over two years ago, 25 years old with no hope. The men of the Beacon House took me in and showed me care and compassion. Today I have 110 brothers and I am no longer hopeless. The Beacon House has shown me how to think of others and be helpful wherever I go. I am building a relationship with my family who wanted nothing to do with me, I am also enrolled in college. Thank you Beacon house for being my family.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Nowhere have I found a place like the Beacon House. They introduce me to a new life and I am so grateful for everything they have done for me. My old life was a wreck, a total disaster to myself and everyone I came into contact with. Today, my life is filled with the joy of helping and serving others. Whether it is my fellow sufferer or the community as a whole, my entire outlook on life itself has done a complete 180. Thank You.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I came to the Beacon House 21 months ago completely lost in this world. I left everything behind in my home town of LaGrange GA. After getting to the house my life went into a direction I never though it can go into and now. My family is come back into my life I'm in school and is learning how to live my life a happy life what this program has done for I can never pay back, but will spend the rest of my life trying to do so.

4 Kimberly95

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned about the Beacon house about a year ago through a very good friend of mine. I was like most people thinking it was just a "rehab" where people stay for a little while and go back to doing what they always have before entering one. But honestly, this is like no other place I have encountered. The men here work really hard to become "clean and sober" and stay this way for life. They work with the public/ community in many different ways. They continue their education. They go on to become successful human beings in today's society. I am honored to have been able to work along side these men for different events this past year. It has been wonderful to see the growth in each of them.

6 Bigpuddn

Client Served

Rating: 5

After 14 other programs that were focused more on how I was going to pay for my program than returning me to society as a productive member, I was refered to the Beacon House. I didnt want to go, I thought that after 15 yrs of AA and 14 programs that this was just going to be the same as before. I was suicidel and hopeless. So, I went. It was the toughest thing I ever experienced, but, the most rewarding. I came in with no family (no mother, father, siblings etc. for over 20 yrs) and now I have more famiy that I can imagine. The desire to drink after the first few months without me even knowing about it. What did happen was I found that being alive was fun and enjoyable. If your thinking your different and nothing can help you, or your probems are unique...this is the place for you. I am now gainfully employed with a new career because I was given the opportunity to return to school and get a degree here at the house. How many programs do we know about that would let a man stay for four years so that he can get a degree? Only one .... the Beacon House. That's becasue they truey care about others and their futures. I can go on and on about how special this Association is. I just want to express that the house didnt save my life, it gave e a brande new one!
Garrett O.

6 Eddie8

Client Served

Rating: 5

NOT ONLY DID I STOP DRINKING FOREVER I NOW KNOW WHO AND WHERE I AM AND WHERE I'M GOING ..LIFE IS GREAT NOW THE DOWN'S ARE NOT SO HARD TO DEAL WITH AND THE UP'S ARE EVEN BETTER , I SEE THE MY SELF OTHER PEOPLE AND THE WORLD THROUGH A NEW PAIR OF GLASSES I WOULD LIKE TO THANK GOD AND THE BEACON HOUSE FOR GIVING ME BACK MY LIFE ... I NOW ENJOY HELPING OTHERS TO GET THERE'S BACK AS WELL....GOD BLESS !!!

2

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

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful for the Beacon House being there for me when I neede it to be. I had to go through the house twice because I was very hard headed. I still wanted to have my cake and eat it the way that I wanted to. But GOD had other plans for me. Beacon House was that plan!!!! Now today I have my life back and I'm doing just fine. I owe everything to that house and the people there that help me get here.

Thank you

6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of Beacon House because of my nephew who credits Beacon House and its program with saving his life. I know his family had tried many other programs, but it wasn't until he entered Beacon that he was able to get the help he needed to deal effectively with his addictions. I recently spent time with my nephew and could not believe the changes in him. Because of the program and his hard work, he is an outstanding, caring individual and a complete joy to be around. I cannot say enough good about the work that goes on at Beacon House. My nephew and I had many discussions during our time together about the program and the impact it has had on his life. The more I learn about Beacon House, the more impressed I become. Beacon House is amazing!

6 Ann_58

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son began using weed when he was 14. As is typical of many drug users, he found that he could escape the pain of his core issues by getting high. He gradually tried many other drugs, mushrooms, inhalants, lsd, and heroin. My husband and I were frantic. We tried everything we could think of, including a lock-down rehab in another state. Nothing worked. Our family was falling apart, and the tension between my husband and me grew to the point where I doubted if our marriage could survive. Our son was in his late twenties and living on the streets when he found Beacon House. He has been clean and sober for over four years. He has a full-time job, he is well on his way to getting his associate's degree, and he is financially independent. But most importantly, through applying all he has learned at Beacon House, he is addressing those very issues that drove him to drug use in the first place. He works the program. He gives back daily to the residents of Beacon House. He has a bright future. He is a joy to be around. In all honesty, if he had not found Beacon House when he did, I believe he would either be in prison or dead by now. Beacon House - the people who helped him - and the 12 steps saved my son's life. We invite Beacon House residents into our home whenever it is appropriate to do so, and we have seen many fine young men benefiting in a similar manner. I cannot say enough good things about Beacon House!

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5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our son was deeply addicted to heroin. His addiction was destroying his life and seriously harming members of our family. We were all hurting. We finally had to tell our son that we would have no more contact with him unless he wanted us to drive him to rehab. A counselor in a homeless shelter told our son that he needed to go to Beacon House. He did, and he has now been clean and sober for over three years. He is enrolled in school and gets straight As. His conduct around family members is impeccable. He takes complete credit for his actions and is scrupulous in working the steps. I credit God and the outstanding staff at Beacon House for his turnaround. I am convinced that if our son had not entered Beacon House when he did, he would now be in prison or dead. He now has such a bright future. Every time we interact with Beacon House staff and residents, we are treated with respect and warm acceptance. I cannot say enough good about Beacon House! I always recommend it when counseling families in our church who struggle with addiction.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beacon House saved my brother's life. He's been an addict since junior high and has been through various programs and rehabs. But Beacon House was the only place that helped him face his core issues to really change his thinking and give him the tools he needs to stay in recovery for the rest of his life. I will forever be grateful to the people at Beacon House for giving me back my brother.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Wayne Timmerman and I have been an Alumnus since 1999. Through the process of the primary program and the second phase (sober living) that the Beacon House Association offers, I was able to go back to school, get a college degree (graduated 2007), obtain a job at CSU Dominguez Hills (hired 2007) and become a productive member of society.
Thank You,
Wayne

4 James126

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My is Nathan Caito and he has been in the program for some time now, and I have seen the change in his life. He finished High School and is now in College and going after his dreams. Thank you Beacon House for keeping your doors open and willing to help and give hope.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with Beacon House without really knowing much about them. I was energized and excited about their program, their success rate, and especially with the staff and the participants. I was shown so much respect and kindness, which is a sharp contrast to our society which has lost much of its manners, and general consideration for its fellow man. Beacon House has created a program that really works, not only helping with addiction, but in all areas of life. I see lovely people helping other people to succeed in life. I am in awe of the program and the people at the Beacon House, and am honored to be associated with them.

Kelly Moses

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Beacon House has saved my son and I owe it everything.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My uncle has had a rough life, in and out of rehabs that promised to help keep him clean, and in and out of failed relationships and marriages. When he married the last time, I knew he had a great wife and thought that no one could ever get him back into drugs because now he has someone that will be there for him and help him through anything. She has always been there even after he got back into drugs. His love for her didn't keep him from getting back into drugs like I had prayed and hoped. He went through another failed marriage due to his addiction. His family, latest wife and friends have always tried to be there for him and help get him through this. We had started to feel as if there was nothing anyone of us could do. Then he went to the beacon house and his life has turned completely around. Giving him the opportunity to stay around and help others once his treatment was done, was in my opinion, the best thing for him. I remember family outings with his wife and children and he loved his job. He was successful and then all that was gone in the blink of an eye but now it is back and he is enjoying life again. He see's his daughter again, has maintained his relationship with his latest wife, and if there for his family again. Unfortunately, I don't get to see him all the time as I don't live in the area but I enjoy his emails and updates. I can read the difference in him. He is becoming the uncle I loved again. Beacon house has made such a difference in him that we cannot thank you enough. You brought back a missing piece of our family. I don't have to worry about that dreaded drug overdose call and I am very thankful for that. Thank you for giving my uncle back his life.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

I have worked professionally in the field of addiction treatment for 37 years. Beacon House provides the deepest, most comprehensive and effective recovery of any treatment center I've ever heard of or encountered. The mental, emotional, behavioral, social and spiritual transformations in Beacon House men are nothing short of miraculous. I am proud to know these men of honor and grace, and grateful to all those who support The Beacon House.

6 Diane72

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched my brother for many years struggle with addiction. I have checked him in and out of numerous rehab houses and programs. He would come out and be okay for a while and then bam, there he went again. When he went to Beacon House I thought, "Great another program that will help for a little while". Well was I ever wrong. My brother is clean and sober and now assists in getting others clean and sober. I have not seen my brother like this for many years. I am proud of my brother and I thank Beacon House every day for the support and guidance they have given Donald.

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beacon House took in my brother 01/24/2013 without any strings attached. My ill mother and myself walked away with instructions to just take care of ourselves. Although I miss my brother dearly, and want him to know so many things while he is away getting his life back, I know the alternative for him would have been death. This truly amazing organization is helping my younger brother become the man I know he was always meant to be. I can't wait to reunite with my brother and see and hear about all of the progress that he has made.

Paying it forward is something the Beacon House does so well. I'm inspired by the hope they have for every person that walks in the door. Thank you all so much for that.

6 Adele W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I watched my husband crawl inside a 20$ rock of crack and take his 401K, a truck, an excellent job , and the most beautiful baby girl in right in behind him. He smoked up a loving home, a kind and loving family , wonderful step-children,a white picket fence and a marriage. Bad -doesn't even come close to all the ruined dreams........and one day he went to The Beacon House....at the time I remembered thinking- well this is the only "rehab" that you haven't tried... I had begun to think that he just couldn't stay clean and that he didn't want too. At first The House wouldn't allow outside contact which was hard for our daughter and I. But we waited...and we hoped...and we prayed....and prayed some more...I prayed for him to stay....and finally after 30 years of addiction.. he found a program that worked...he stayed clean..he went through counseling ...groups...volunteer activities..and he became a "real person"...He has strength of character now...he has become more spiritually sound... and he is able to be the best father he can be...that baby girl isn't waiting for someone who isn't coming any more he is early! :) Though our marriage did not survive the addiction, because of the Beacon house; our friendship did. I have a relationship with a wonderful man and he has been clean over five years- THANK YOU BEACON HOUSE-THANK YOU GOD

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hey my name is Adele. My experience at the house isn't being in it but apart it it. It gave me back my daddy which I never thought would be possible and it gave me new family and friends that I couldn't have imagined I'd ever have. I am a girl yes but the house has given more than thought possible. It gave me my happiness back and I thank not only god but the beacon house that. I love you beacon house

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Beacon House Has done for me what nothing else has been able to do. The friendships, the directions, the safety of this house is inspirational. I had nothing left to live for when I got here, yet the Beacon House has given me so many reasons to live.

I have a beautiful relationship with my family that I didnt have before I got here. I feel useful and whole like I never felt before. The Beacon house has turned my life around from a suicidal dopefiend, to a useful member of society. I have a future now due to this house.

5

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.

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've watched my Uncle struggle with substance abuse pretty much my whole life. Watched my mom and the rest of my family try to save his life on numerous occasions and put him in numerous rehabs. They worked for a bit but he always went back to the old lifestyle. It was very painful to watch my uncle go through all this stuff because, when he was sober, he was the best uncle! And my mom and him were very close growing up. I got to the point where I was scared he would never be 100% sober.

Since being at the Beacon House, he is a different man than all the times he came out of rehabs. I see that this is the time "it will stick". I have never seen my uncle be so proud of himself and the Beacon House! His pride and his perseverance is amazing! Thank you Beacon House for bringing my Uncle back and giving my family back the man we always loved!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Beacon House is the best thing that has happened to my uncle. One of my favorite uncles growing he ran into some substance issues. But after getting involved with Beacon House, i have seen my uncle become a person to look up too. This is a special place, and i hope if anyone has family that needs help. Look into this place!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A HOMELESS CHRISTMAS STORY by STEVE REIMER


IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE WAVES WERE PUMPING. CAN’T REMEMBER WHICH CHRISTMAS IT WAS. 1997 OR 98 I DON’T KNOW, ALL I KNOW IS I WAS HOMELESS. SO HERE I AM SITTING ON THE BEACH WITH MY SLEEPING BAG AND BACKPACK , A FIFTH OF VODKA AND 58 CENTS TO MY NAME. LIKE I SAY THE WAVES WERE PUMPING, PERFECT RIGHTS AND LEFTS—EVERYONE WAS OUT IT SEEMED BUT ME.DRINKING MY VODKA I STARTED REFLECTING ON MY LIFE AND WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED, I SHOULD BE OUT IN THE WATER WITH THE REST OF MY FRIENDS.
BUT INSTEAD HERE I SIT—NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH—JUST MY BOTTLE AND ME—I STARTED GETTING EMOTIONAL AND FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF—THE MORE I DRANK THE MORE MISEABLE I GOT—AFTER WATCHING THE WAVES ALL DAY AND DOWN TO MY LAST DRINK—I DECIDED TO GO RECYCLING(CANNING) SO I COULD GET ANOTHER BOTTLE AND HAVE A LITTLE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY—I MADE IT AS FAR AS THE REDONDO BEACH PIER WHERE I STOPPPED TO TAKE A REST—AGAIN GETTING EMOTIONAL AT MY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS I STARTED SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS WITH TEARS IN MY EYES—PEOPLE STARTED WALKING UP TO ME AND HANDING ME TWENTY DOLLARS BILLS AND TENS –SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS GET SOMETHING TO EAT ON ME OR HAVE A DRINK ON ME—THE MORE MONEY THAT WAS HANDED TO ME THE MORE EMOTIONAL I BECAME-HERE IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AND ALL THESE PEOPLE HANDING ME MONEY—THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO IN A WEEK OR SO AFTER NEW YEARS IS CALLING THE COPS ON ME FOR DRUNK IN PUBLIC OR SOME OTHER FUNKY CRIME—WHY CAN’T PEOPLE HAVE THAT CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ALL YEAR AROUND—
BY THE WAY I WALKED OFF THE REDONDO BEACH PIER $130.58 RICHER—I WENT STRAIGHT TO ALBERTSONS GOT A HALF GALLON OF VODKA AND A RACK OF THE BBQ RIBS WENT TO HERMOSA TO CAMP ON THE BEACH AND GET PLOWED—HOPE CHAPEL WAS HAVING A CHRISTMAS SPREAD ON THE STRAND AND PIER AVENUE THE NEXT MORNING .IF IT WAS’NT FOR GOD GIVING ME THAT MOMENT OF CLARITY AND LEADING ME TO THE BEACON HOUSE AND THE ROOMS OF A.A. I’D STILL BE LIVING THE MISERY OR MORE LIKELY DEAD. I’M SO GLAD MY LIFE IS DIFFERENT TODAY AND THERE IS FAMILY AND FRIENDS (REAL FRIENDS) TO SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH, I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFULTO GOD, THE BEACON HOUSE, AND THE ROOMS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOR THE SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE.
STEVEN A. REIMER

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Troubled with alcohol abuse most my life, I was a lucky man going to the Beacon House through a VA program. I was so fortunate to have lived the program and turn my life as around. I can not emphasize the good the Beacon House does or the genius of program to re-instill humanity and worth within me.

I will continue to do all I can for them. They have given me my life back without asking me for anything but willingness.

John G.