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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Job Training, Mental Health, Public & Societal Benefit, Substance Abuse Treatment, Vocational Rehabilitation

Mission: The mission of the Beacon House Association of San Pedro is to help men recover from the diseases of alcoholism or addiction to other drugs. The Association provides food, shelter, counseling, and the time to build a foundation in recovery and to return to family, home and community.

Results: 75% of the men who complete our program stay sober

Target demographics: Men from across the nation with a sincere desire to achieve long-lasting abstinence from drugs and alcohol who otherwise could not afford treatment.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Los Angeles Area

Programs: The Beacon House Association of San Pedro is a state-certified, residential substance abuse recovery program for men with a sincere desire to achieve long-lasting abstinence from drugs and alcohol. As residents of the Beacon House, the men are provided with food, shelter, counseling, peer group support, educational opportunities and job training through our social enterprise programs, including a Thrift Shop. This allows the men to develop the life and job skills they need to build a foundation in recovery and a bright future when they return to their family, home and community. Recently named one of the best addiction treatment centers in the United States by Newsweek Magazine, men from 39 states across the country have received treatment at Beacon House. The organization has grown over the past 50 years to encompass a full city block in San Pedro, California, adjacent to the Port of Los Angeles, including six residential facilities with the capacity to house 110 residents, as well as a kitchen/dining facility, and a training, education and meeting facility. You can learn more at www.thebeaconhouse.org.

Community Stories

146 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!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Beacon House Association of San Pedro has changed the life of my son and has given him the tools to take control of his life in recovery from alcoholism. Three years ago my son Daniel was in the grip of the alcoholism beast. After losing nearly everything and experiencing homelessness, he was referred to the Beacon House and consequently that decision to not have contact with his family for a minimum of nine month to a year, saved his life. As his mother, I finally had peace of mind knowing he was getting healthy and received the best treatment for his alcoholism. Now our lives are filled with trust, promise and serenity because of the impact and guidance of the men and staff of the Beacon House. For that reason, they have and will forever hold a special place in my hear.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the good fortunate to work alongside the find men of Beacon House when they have been involved in community works such at handling parking for events such as the Taste in San Pedro, supporting guides for the 1st Thursday Artwalk for many years and much more.

At all times, have these men been thoughtful, polite and appreciative of the opportunity to serve our community. I have occasionally shared a very brief version of my long time sobriety. Because of my experiences with these me and as a Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, I have confidently referred many others to Beason House. May their success continue. Linda Alexander

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I will be forever grateful to the Beacon House Association of San Pedro for helping save my life. After 35 years of untreated alcoholism I arrived at the Beacon House out options, money having pushed away all family and friends. Over the past 15 months I learned and gained the tools necessary to remain sober the rest of my life. I recently starting working again and learning to become a productive member of society. My life today is more than I ever expected and would not be here without the support and staff at the Beacon House. It is truly a special place.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The thrift store is fantastic! Giving the men working on their sobriety a purpose! The (3) men who came to our home and picked up the estate were professional, appreciative and worked quickly. They are always excited to help empty my car of donations. The store is clean and organized. They have a good turnover of inventory, always priced right and willing to deal.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

The Beacon House is a house of miracles! I have never seen such an amazing recovery home. It is well run, efficient, successful, and exceeds all expectations on helping men reach their dreams. Their unique approach to helping men who enter the home transition from the depths of society to successful members of society sets the standard for recovery homes.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Men of Beacon House have been the pride of our community for more years than I know. The Beacon House is truly transformative, in so many ways.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am an avid thrifter and drove past the Beacon House Thrift store for 2.5 years. I finally stopped in and loved it! I also like the fact that I am helping a good cause in the community. Keep shining your light.

1 Mac M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I could not say enough good things about the Beacon House. As a lifelong resident of San Pedro, I can say with the utmost confidence that this institution is one of the best things to happen to this town.

It is not only serving exactly the needs of the community, but it has done some life-changing work for those in the program-- to the point where I would hope that every town in America could get to have a Beacon House open up in their community, as to bring a positive and inspiring experience to all levels of involvement.

Very rarely in the world do you see truly good things happening so efficiently, so clearly, and so directly. For that reason, I can't say enough good things here.

I look forward to my next visit and I want to thank anyone who has ever donated their time and money to the Beacon House.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A friend of mine introduced me to Beacon House recently and they continue to amaze me at every event. I have attended some of the Bistro events, as well as the annual galas. The men of Beacon House run the events like a high end restaurant. The men in the kitchen cook the most delicious food. The men who are waiting tables are so attentive you would think you are fine dining. The most inspiring thing is that you are able to sit at the table with someone who has gone through the program or is currently and it is just amazing to hear how much Beacon House as saved them.

1 Claire H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Beacon House years ago by a family member and have attended many events since. It is very clear that Beacon House is a nonprofit like no other. It brought me to tears the first time I heard some of the men speak about their experiences before and during treatment at Beacon House. Beacon House has saved the lives of countless men and is continuing to positively impact the community.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The long term effect of our son's addiction created obstacles that at times, seemed insurmountable. How do you get a job with huge gaps in your employment and a criminal record, how do you find a place to live with debt and bad credit, how do you rebuild relationships after years of lies, how do you look at yourself in the mirror after saying or doing things that you never thought that you would? After a certain amount of time 30 or 90 days of sobriety is a tiny portion of trying to rebuild your life. Beacon House gives men that sober time, but, oh so much more! Life skills, support, a financial plan, an education, job skills, counseling, no one is turned away at no cost. We are so grateful to have our son in our lives again. I am so grateful to the Beacon House and the men that make it such an amazing place.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful group that has been in my community a long time helping people to recover and have the best productive lives ever! I am a 60 year community member and I have nothing but love and admiration for their service to our many community events throughout the years! For the entire time the thrift store has been open in San Pedro I have been full of awe and wonder at the many items displayed in the store and humbled by the always friendly and helpful staff from Beacon House! Great deals too by the way! Absolutely love this group! They are helping the world be a little bit better one human being at a time!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was completely broken and full of fear when I was welcomed into the Beacon House. I had no idea there was a place like this in the world. By following some simple directions I began to have purpose in my life. I could look myself in the mirror and actually like the person I saw. My eyes have light, hope and love in them. That empty pit inside me filled up. I made friends I will have for life. I learned how to be honest and a law abiding citizen. I began to really care for others and wanted to be a helpful person. This is more than a treatment center. It's a lifechanging center. Thank you to all the wonderful men both clients and staff that have been a part of my recovery. If you are broken and have tried other treatment centers this is the place for you. I am not saying it is easy but it works and works well. I could write an entire book on this lifechanging experience. Thank God for directing me to this wonderful place.

1 Andrew G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I arrived on the steps of the Beacon House in December of 1993 after completing a 90 day stay at an L.A. county run facility where my councilor recommend The Beacon House. The morning groups and mandatory fun and daily reminders of accountability have set my path of Sobriety. I am a productive member of society I am employed married and own my own home we have 3 children and 3 grandkids in a blended family that fills our home with Love and energy a far cry from what could have been.
Thank you Beacon House.

2 David D.7

Client Served

Rating: 5


I was invited by my roommate to come to the Beacon House Block Party on August 10th 2002. My intentions were set on food and a DJ dance. When I arrived I saw my friend Robbie in the back of the Beacon House. He said I looked horrible and messed up. I agreed. He told me he was an Alumni of the house and told me I should get into the the House asap. I new he was right, I told myself I needed to really get sober and do it differently. He bought me a hamburger , hot dog and a soda; gave me two dollars to put in the gas tank. Told me to come back tomorrow and ask Bill or Andy to do whatever it took to get a bed.
I showed up and talked to the Director Louie. They didn't have a bed , but they put me on the wait list. I was to call every day until a bed came available. I went back to my sober living in Long Beach and called every day from the pay phone there. I quit my job. Finally on August 20th they said there was a bed available. I immediately said, "can i get lunch first them come to the House?" They said, "If you don't get here in an hour then I would lose my bed". I packed up all my clothes in my car and drove with my roommate Brian to the House. When I arrived I told my roommate Brian to keep my car. That I didn't want it anymore. I was given a bed in the main house. But first I had to fill out an application for acceptance. I remember reading at the the top . "Are you willing to go to any length for you Recovery?" I checked Yes and filled the application.
I thought to myself, " I'll give it a try, but my track record is usually 90 days or less" I always went back to drinking for the past 3 years. I showed up in Long Beach in 1999 to do my Parole and get my life in order. But I kept relapsing. I went to Acton Rehab, Stanton Detox and another rehab G.O.D ministry. Nothing ever worked for me. I was too set in my old thinking. I never went through the work with a sponsor.
I told myself I would do my best to follow the rules and get a sponsor and do what they said and not leave until I graduated rehab and go to onsite Sober Living. After a few weeks I heard an alumni of the house speak and I pocketed my pride and asked him to sponsor me. I was totally all in. I didn't want to do the prayer thing , but eventually I did start praying morning and night. He relapsed and I asked Dale to help me pick a sponsor. I went through the steps over my first 5 months. The house showed me how to help the new guys, by asking how they were and how I could help welcome them. I started to make friends and went on house events and helped the community. I learned how to do commitments in meetings and around the house. I wanted to leave a few times and the senior guys really helped me stay. After 9 months in the house I was on the Transition list. I graduated and moved into Channel View. I asked Bill if I could move to Park View , since it was next to the Pit. It really helped me. I went to Harbor Occupational Center and took a class in Computer Networking. I learned how to fix computers and networking skills. I found that I loved taking them apart and fixing them. I used this talent to help others in the house and troubleshoot internet issues and stuff. After 2 years in the house I was directed to put my resume on Monster.com and look for work. I found my first tech support job with VerizonDSL. I passed the tests and placed my paperwork in to transition out of the Sober Living. An Alumni helped me find an apartment in Long Beach, since I didn't have any rental history.
I started going to meetings in Long Beach and doing Recovery Panels. I feel that the two year Foundation I received at the Beacon House has giving me the life that I have today! I have 18 years of amazing Recovery. I want to personally thank the Director Bill M. , Louie L. and Andy. They were instrumental in my recovery at the Beacon House. Thank God for all my Beacon Brothers while in the House and all the Alumni that took their time helping us all.

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.

Review from Guidestar

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!!!!!

Previous Stories
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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 !

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 !!!

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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

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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

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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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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.

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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.