Our son has been transformed through the ministry of the Jericho House. He was trapped in a life of addiction with multiple attempts to fix things himself with the help of counseling and other treatment programs. With the experience of the Jericho House leadership and their ability to lead residents to a regenerated life, we have seen the lives of many men completely changed. The opportunity afforded the men to better understand every aspect of themselves is resulting in service-oriented sober men desiring an interactive part in their families and mankind. What more could we possibly want?
I personally did not have a good experience at the Jericho House what so ever. All of the food there is out dated and when you are sent off to work for 6-8 hours the lunch that is given to you is barely edible and barely feeds the whole crew. Really it's just a work camp and you go to church, there is no true recovery from addiction going on there. I have seen men allowed to stay but another man get kicked out for doing the same thing just because the director Is having a bad day. At the time that I was there the directors daughter was hitting on all the men in the program, and trying to "get with them" and have seen a man taken to the homeless shelter because the daughter and him got physical. It is an extremely corrupt place and does more harm than good if you ask me. I have personally seen many men use or drink after leaving. If you have trouble accepting their way of Christianity, the director and staff essentially make fun of you or use you as an example. This is not a rant just a warning, I was not allowed to go to any AA, NA, or CR meetings while there even though I requested it every week for 8 months. They will convince you that this is the only way to get sober and that is simply not true, after relapsing and leaving the Jericho House I got involved with AA and NA and have been sober over a year and the quality of life I have today is amazing. No thanks to the Jericho House. Their program is not a way to facilitate long term recovery.
The Jericho House not only helps men and their families over come addictions. They provide services as weell landscaping and remodeling.
Absolutely unprofessional! I watched a young couple suffer due to heavy meth addiction, infidelity, and unsupportive family. I saw a teen mom covered in 3rd degree burns while battling an infected c-section. Her husband did nothing to help her during this time because he was too high on METH to care about her or his newborn daughter. I tried to help. But I clearly am not able to deal with meth addiction.
After many years of watching marriage crumble they decided, together, to work out their marriage for the good of this man's 5 year old daughter.. whom he has not seen in 4 years. They were under the impression that this program and counseling would be the savior their daughter needed. Surely a place so devoted to God and God's work would want to help a couple who was begging for help.
Sadly the man's father was able to pay Larry and Rick under the table to keep that from happening. Even though the wife has never been involved with any type of drugs they alienated her. As if this was not bad enough they also alienated their child. They encouraged him to move on and FORGET ABOUT HIS DAUGHTER.
That is exactly what he did. The week he was released he started having sex with a woman who has 2 children by two other men and indeed she got pregnant. As if this was not bad enough this "man" named his "new" daughter after his "old" daughter, whom he still has no contact with, and shows her around like she is the only daughter he has.
What does that have to do with Jericho house? The counselor has added this "man" on facebook and posts antagonizing messages about this "new" daughter. Continuing to encourage him to ignore the very existence of his first child.
I feel that it is highly unprofessional for a non profit to take money under the table. I have a recorded phone call of the father admitting he did so.
I feel it is unprofessional to befriend patients on facebook and commend on their personal life. Even more so knowing that this same patient has used again since being out.
I feel that it is against God to pick and choose what part of the Bible is important when attempting to teach men to be men.
This is not an acceptable establishment. It is my personal goal to make sure that the corrupt are exposed for their terrible choices.
"Thou shalt not commit adultery" Exodus 20:14.
"Whoso looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart" Matthew 5:28
"eyes full of adultery, that cannot cease from sin" II Peter 2:14.
"Whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery. And whosoever marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery" Matthew 5:32.
"No whoremonger, no unclean person hath an inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God." Ephesians 5:5
It's important I mention that this wife did cheat on him. And too had another child. But only after he fathered 2 other children and was in a relationship with another woman for multiple months. After they decided to fix their marriage she has remained untouched by other men. Not a date. Not a lunch. Not a dinner. No phone calls. Nothing. She repented to God. She has kept her word and by the guidance of the staff her he continues to live in sin.
Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.
“This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Praying for you and hope you find peace. I hope you and ex can work your problems with yourselves out for the sake of your daughter. Attacking others who are trying to help will not help you be there for your daughter. Complete fantasy. These are the things that had made it impossible to help counsel you and include you in the family healing process because if these hostilities. You obviously are in a lot of pain and you will be in our prayers.
My name is Damir and I met Larry 6 years ago in Waypoint. Since I am from Croatia you can imagine how different things were for me. Larry, Nick and all the guys were so awesome to me and I can honestly say that if there wasn't for Larry, who knows where my life would be right now. If so at all. He was the one that sacrificed his personal life and his family to help us. A calling on his life that God has for him. I know how hard it was and I've seen it first hand. Trust me, there is no money in the world that would pay for what he is doing every day. All the broken homes and problems of each man on his back. But also, the result of us becoming godly men and broken families put together. What a blessing for me to see and experience! I live a clean & sober life for six years now, have my own business and I am forever grateful that I had a chance to go through the program under Larry's guidance.
This progam is horrible I know it from experience. Do not be fooled that "God brought you here for a reason" ...please do yourself that favor. Religion is used as a tool to brainwash people into doing what McKenna tells you to do while in the program. He wants your money and could care less if u stay sober or not''.. so long as you pay him. Ive seen him treat people like dogs and drop them off at homeless shelters and make them walk if they don't want to be in the program any more. The living conditions would make any sane man insane. The only way he keeps his clients is if they're facing more time in jail or if they're horribly brainwashed into his insane version of christianity. I reiterate MORE time in jail. I'm a prime example. I was facing WAY MORE time in jail or woulda left to BE IN JAIL. Jail is better that the Jericho house, trust me. McKenna treats you like an animal once you sign that paper. Dont be fooled. He will humiliate anyone on that stool and, trust me, it's not to "save your life". It's to satisy his own inferiority complex. He loved picking on one client by not allowing his sister to buy him a pair of pants...he made him wear ONE pair of jeans every day and wash that ONE pair of jeans ONCE a week. Everyone else coulda had a wardrobe. He did it b/c that one particular person was overweight and got a kick out of it b/c he is a skinny mustached peice of trash. A despicable human being. That was just one example...there's millions more..it's unbelievable the way he interprets the Bible to justify his evil acts such as having everyone on food stamps yet feeding us donated food. We never got to use our food stamp cards ourselves. That leads me to the question: where was our food stamp cards really spent? I'll admit Jay did spend some of the stamp cards on eggs and other necessities but most of the food eaten was donated expired Trader Joe food...it was good the ...about the only thing in the program better than jail. Anyways folks : Do Not Be Fooled that "God brought you here for a reason" . Please...esp if u r a parent with a child in jail and wants your child to get better. I promise you it will make your child hate life and want to Get High. I'm serious: This place is no good..don't be fooled.
I am a recovering alcoholic and addict and have recently completed my Master’s in Psychology. I am interested in helping others like myself. Larry has been a family friend for over 30 years and I wanted his advice on how to get involved in a rehabilitation program to help other addicts. My dad and I spent several days at the Jericho House this July sharing meals, prayer time, and a church service with the men and their families. What I saw was amazing. A house full of addicts committed to Jesus, to each other, and to being sober whatever the cost. Addicts, including myself and Larry, spend lifetimes destroying friends, families, and loved ones. One year of life-saving separation from those same people to bring healing and restoration seems to be a small price to pay. The men I met seemed to agree.
I have kept in weekly contact with one of the men in the house since my visit through the mail. He celebrated his 5th month of sobriety this week which is the longest he has ever been sober. His letters are full of the love of Jesus. He constantly writes about what he is learning and the wonderful opportunity God has given him to spend this time at the Jericho House with other men that he has grown to trust and love. He has rebuilt relationships with his children and family. He now has a hope in a future he would not have dreamed of before.
If his were the only life changed by the Jericho House, it would be enough. Thank you to the McKenna’s who have lived through addiction and STILL CHOSE to help other addicts anyway.
To you Larry,
People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway. What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway. – Mother Teresa
As the wife of one of the success stories from The Jericho House, I can't say enough positive things about this organization. I admit, I thought Larry was insane after our first counseling sessions. Telling me I couldn't call my husband, or come see him, I thought was horrible. What I LEARNED was my husband and I were horrible to each other. He was an addict looking for an excuse to use, I was an enabler who needed someone who needed me to take care of him. Our marriage was in shambles when my husband went to the Jericho House, we were just to co-dependent to see the mess. After several months, and several mistakes and missteps on both our parts, Larry suggested a ladies program in Vero Beach, Florida for me. I fought the idea for awhile, but gave in eventually. When I arrived in Florida, I was still clueless as to how destructive we were to each other. After 9 months of counseling, classes, and tons of inner healing, I had changed and I came home to a different husband. We spent weeks getting to know each other, and working on our marriage--especially our communication. It has not been a bed of roses, it has been a lot of hard work, and lots of forgiveness on both parts, but our marriage today is healthy, happy, and blossoming. I look forward to seeing my husband each night when he comes home, we enjoy our time together, and time that was spent fighting, is spent praying and affirming each other. This does not mean we never fight, all couples do, but we use skills taught to us through the Jericho House and inner healing to resolve the situation. We now appreciate our differences and embrace our similarities. Thank you Larry for not giving up on us, when everybody else (including ourselves) had. Your patience and tough love helped us grow up and move forward into the life Christ intends for us!!
As one who has a son at The Jericho House I enthusiastically recommend this ministry. I have seen the life changing results in the life of my son as well as the lives of others who are the program. Larry and Rick are using their God given calling and talents to affect change in the lives of these men. They are allowing God to use them as a conduit to provide the necessary tools with which these men can use to allow God to help them overcome their addiction. It is not the ministry or the “program” or anything else that changes a person, only God can do the real change.
In the short time (8 months) our son has been at Jericho House we have seen many men come and go both on their own as well as being asked to leave due to rule infractions. Without exception, the guys who “get it” and buy into the program (not $ but with their heart, mind and soul) and allow God to do a work on their hearts are the ones who benefit and who see a radical change in their life. Is the program perfect or the leaders perfect? No and neither are any other ministries, businesses or people. Larry and Rick do care about the success of these men and their families and both are very knowledgeable about addiction and how to deal with it. I have seen their willingness to work with someone who has broken a rule when the person’s heart was right and repentant because they want to see the person succeed but not at the expense of undermining the ministry.
Addiction is destroying many families and we need to build up ministries like The Jericho House. It’s easy to find fault with any organization we are involved in but in my opinion the key thing is: are the lives of the men and their families being changed? I can only speak for myself and my family and the answer is YES!! Thanks be to God and The Jericho House!!
Two years ago Larry McKenna helped my son begin his long journey to recover from the addiction of drugs and alcohol. Through his intervention we were able to get the help my son so desperately needed. Larry gave of his time freely and generously never asking for anything. Larry is a good Christian man who cares deeply for those in need. Larry provided several options for treatment and recovery that included other programs. We ultimately chose another recovery center and Larry helped make arrangement to get my son into that program. My son is two years clean and sober this month. If not for Larry I know that I may not have a son today. I will be forever grateful to this wonderful human being.
What a great opportunity to be able to share our feelings about The Jericho House. To be a part of a ministry that is only two years old and growing is a God sent. We are not only volunteers but have a son in the program as well. We have been able to watch up close the changes the Jericho House has made in so many men's lives. The brotherhood that developes between the men is life long.
For us, we have seen the positive changes in our son, more confidence, dealing with feelings good and bad and buidling back bridges with people he loves. He has a renewed realtionship with God and understands the life long journey he is on.
As for Larry and Rick, these men give of themselves day in and day out with little if nothing in monitary compensation. The pay they get is the part they play in helping someone turn their lives around and live a happy and productive life. Both of these men care deeply for the men that come to them for help.
Being a part of The Jericho House has also changed us, we have made close realtionships with other families who know and understand the journey we are on. And through the recovery clases have learned how to deal with our own emotions and those of our son.
We are blessed that Larry and Rick have come into our lives. We will continue to work long after our son has graduated to help build an awareness of The Jericho House, and help in raising money for their continued success.