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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

132 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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!

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!

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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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!!!

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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.