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.
It is an amazing organization! I look forward to buying my Christmas wreath every year from Beacon House. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 !!!
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.
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.
The Beacon House Has done for me what nothing else has been able to do. The friendships, the directions, the safety of this house is inspirational. I had nothing left to live for when I got here, yet the Beacon House has given me so many reasons to live.
I have a beautiful relationship with my family that I didnt have before I got here. I feel useful and whole like I never felt before. The Beacon house has turned my life around from a suicidal dopefiend, to a useful member of society. I have a future now due to this house.
The Beacon House is the best thing that has happened to my uncle. One of my favorite uncles growing he ran into some substance issues. But after getting involved with Beacon House, i have seen my uncle become a person to look up too. This is a special place, and i hope if anyone has family that needs help. Look into this place!
A HOMELESS CHRISTMAS STORY by STEVE REIMER
IT WAS THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS AND THE WAVES WERE PUMPING. CAN’T REMEMBER WHICH CHRISTMAS IT WAS. 1997 OR 98 I DON’T KNOW, ALL I KNOW IS I WAS HOMELESS. SO HERE I AM SITTING ON THE BEACH WITH MY SLEEPING BAG AND BACKPACK , A FIFTH OF VODKA AND 58 CENTS TO MY NAME. LIKE I SAY THE WAVES WERE PUMPING, PERFECT RIGHTS AND LEFTS—EVERYONE WAS OUT IT SEEMED BUT ME.DRINKING MY VODKA I STARTED REFLECTING ON MY LIFE AND WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED, I SHOULD BE OUT IN THE WATER WITH THE REST OF MY FRIENDS.
BUT INSTEAD HERE I SIT—NO FRIENDS OR FAMILY TO SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH—JUST MY BOTTLE AND ME—I STARTED GETTING EMOTIONAL AND FEELING SORRY FOR MYSELF—THE MORE I DRANK THE MORE MISEABLE I GOT—AFTER WATCHING THE WAVES ALL DAY AND DOWN TO MY LAST DRINK—I DECIDED TO GO RECYCLING(CANNING) SO I COULD GET ANOTHER BOTTLE AND HAVE A LITTLE MONEY FOR CHRISTMAS DAY—I MADE IT AS FAR AS THE REDONDO BEACH PIER WHERE I STOPPPED TO TAKE A REST—AGAIN GETTING EMOTIONAL AT MY SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS I STARTED SINGING CHRISTMAS CAROLS WITH TEARS IN MY EYES—PEOPLE STARTED WALKING UP TO ME AND HANDING ME TWENTY DOLLARS BILLS AND TENS –SAYING MERRY CHRISTMAS GET SOMETHING TO EAT ON ME OR HAVE A DRINK ON ME—THE MORE MONEY THAT WAS HANDED TO ME THE MORE EMOTIONAL I BECAME-HERE IT IS THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT AND ALL THESE PEOPLE HANDING ME MONEY—THESE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE WHO IN A WEEK OR SO AFTER NEW YEARS IS CALLING THE COPS ON ME FOR DRUNK IN PUBLIC OR SOME OTHER FUNKY CRIME—WHY CAN’T PEOPLE HAVE THAT CHRISTMAS SPIRIT ALL YEAR AROUND—
BY THE WAY I WALKED OFF THE REDONDO BEACH PIER $130.58 RICHER—I WENT STRAIGHT TO ALBERTSONS GOT A HALF GALLON OF VODKA AND A RACK OF THE BBQ RIBS WENT TO HERMOSA TO CAMP ON THE BEACH AND GET PLOWED—HOPE CHAPEL WAS HAVING A CHRISTMAS SPREAD ON THE STRAND AND PIER AVENUE THE NEXT MORNING .IF IT WAS’NT FOR GOD GIVING ME THAT MOMENT OF CLARITY AND LEADING ME TO THE BEACON HOUSE AND THE ROOMS OF A.A. I’D STILL BE LIVING THE MISERY OR MORE LIKELY DEAD. I’M SO GLAD MY LIFE IS DIFFERENT TODAY AND THERE IS FAMILY AND FRIENDS (REAL FRIENDS) TO SHARE CHRISTMAS WITH, I WILL ALWAYS BE GRATEFULTO GOD, THE BEACON HOUSE, AND THE ROOMS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS FOR THE SECOND CHANCE AT LIFE.
STEVEN A. REIMER
Troubled with alcohol abuse most my life, I was a lucky man going to the Beacon House through a VA program. I was so fortunate to have lived the program and turn my life as around. I can not emphasize the good the Beacon House does or the genius of program to re-instill humanity and worth within me.
I will continue to do all I can for them. They have given me my life back without asking me for anything but willingness.
My name is Steven N. I was addicted to drugs and alcohol for nearly 20 years. Nearly half of that time I was in and out of incarceration. I came to Beacon House in April 2000. All I wanted was to get off parole. They told me if I wanted true freedom from misery and a drug free lifestyle, I would have to trust the process. Getting honest and understanding my past was critical for continual recovery. Helping my peers and forgiving myself of shame, guilt and remorse was vital for happiness and clear thinking. Sober now for 13 years, I stand tall with humility. I have a beautiful wife and family with a wonderful career. I will be completing a Masters Degree in psychotherapy with drug addiction as my specialty in one year. I will always be grateful to Beacon House for showing me how to get my spirit back and for guiding me to my full potential and purpose in life. Always with love, thank you Beacon House!!! By the way, I did get off parole. Smile!!
I entered the Beacon House as a resident in 1997 at 47 years old. I was literally a dying man due to drug and alcohol addiction for over 30 years of my life. The Beacon House challenged me to do the work of recovery, nurtured me throughout the process, motivated me to help others, and inspired me to live a purpose driven life. I continue to visit the Beacon House frequently and am avidly inolved with The Beacon House Alumin Association as many alumni are, as well. I am blessed to be employed as a counselor and grateful to have the opportunity to THANK THE BEACON HOUSE for being here and changing lives, helping the community, and changing my life.
The Beacon House has given me an opportunity to succeed at life. I entered the house a broken man, bankrupt of any positive aspect of human self respect, and suicidal. The Beacon House staff guided me on working recovery, daily routines, checks and balances, positive reinforcement and a love for life. I have my daughter back into my life, I am employed, I have a home, with the bills paid on time, I have a car with legal insurance, registered, and licensed. To a person with normal responsibility tendencies, this seems probably.........small, but to a person like myself, these simple daily responsibilities were beyond my comprehension and ability. I am forever grateful to The Beacon House Association of San Pedro, its staff, and ALL clients, new and old. This program taught me the simple, basic characteristics to become a productive and responsible member of society, friend, and a father to my daughter.
My name is Mauricio. I was totally uncapable of stop drinking and using drugs, just wanted to die. The Beacon House saved my life, gave me support, brotherhood, showed me how to live and gave me a career in the culinary bussiness. All that for free, I was totally broke any way and they gave me back my dignity as human being.
I entered the Beacon House in 2005 after various attempts at being admitted elsewhere (i'm an alcoholic; i was looking for an easier softer way), however, each attempt was met with "you don't meet criteria" (aka you're unisured) or "our waiting list is three months long, please call us daily to check in". Ultimately, the disease of alcoholism beat me into a state of reasonableness and i called Beacon House. They didn't tell me call back....they didn't ask me for my insurance....they asked me, "Are you willing to go to any length for victory over alcohol?" I said yes even though i didn't know what that would entail. BEST THING I EVER DID IN MY LIFE!!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you, Beacon House. I wil never be able to repay what you have given me, but Lord knows i'm gonna try. BEACON HOUSE MANTRA.....REACH FORWARD/GIVE BACK
My name is jerry I came to the beacon house in2003 stright out of jail I had a pair of shorts and a tangtop to my name sleeping on moms couch and never finish school At the beacon house l learn a lot about my self and why I kept going to jail learned how to be responsible for my self witch I had never done before and why I did the things that I do then got the chance to go back to school and also got my contractors license to start my own business now have a good sober life that I know would have never happen with out the guidance and structure that came from the house I will be for ever greatful
and recommend it to anyone with a substance abuse problem.