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Beacon House Association of San Pedro

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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

123 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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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!

1 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.

1 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.

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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!

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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

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.

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

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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.

1

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.

1

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!

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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!!!

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.