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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.

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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Beacon House Association of San Pedro has helped many men, families, and the community over the past 40 years. Their high success rate is achieved by the social model, peer to peer style program. They speak the language of the heart. Men who arrive at Beacon House are broken men, bankrupt of any dignity, self respect, love for life or spirit. They are given a second chance in life, learn to live on life's terms, and become respectable, responsible members of society.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Beacon House is head and shoulders above the rest in the treatment of substance abuse disorders. The Beacon House is the epitome of social model that creates a warm and safe environment for participa nts to recover from sometimes decades of abuse and trauma. The Staff takes the time to assist the men in not only recovery from drug and alcohol dependence, but the development of good character that allows them to leave there better husbands, Fathers, sons, employers, employees, friends, and community members. Hats off to the Beacon House. They should be cloned and placed strategically throughout the United States.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked with many recovery centers most of them for profit. I have never seen such a group of dedicated staff as well as residents, all working as a group with one goal in mind and that is to help the clients and residents come back a place in their lives where they can get back on track and live a productive as well as educated life. It would be an honor to work with this group of dedicated men once again I did a stop smoking and life enhancement program for the facility once a month with great success, but as with many non-profits they had to allocate their resources to other areas. This program is a cut above and works very well because they think outside the box and that make their program work. In order for them to keep such an outstanding program alive, funding is the only way they will be able to be around to keep changing lives for the better. Best regards, Michael Almaraz CHt,NLP,RP Deeper States Hypnotherapy