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The Jericho House

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Mental Health, Substance Abuse Treatment

Mission: The Jericho House is a lighthouse for men with addictions and little hope that their lives will ever change. Many have experienced sobriety at some point in their lives, but have found it so painful they couldn't stand it. This means there are some things within us that only God can heal. These are God-sized problems which requires obedience in order for God to fully work in a man's life. These are things from which they need to be set free.

Geographic areas served: United States of America

Programs: 4 phase i year long regeneration program that has been time tested for 50 years.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Leeann D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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?

Comments ( 1 )

the-jericho-house It is so amazing witnessing the change and the freedom in your whole family. Your son is getting near a new phase in the program. He is a good example to all the men. Love you.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Jericho House not only helps men and their families over come addictions. They provide services as weell landscaping and remodeling.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

3 Kimberly234567

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!!


General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the joy of knowing Larry and his family for over twenty years. My Dad served as Larry's Pastor as Larry experienced God's grace in dealing with his own battle as well as a call into this incredible ministry of freedom.

What a spiritual battlefield Larry and the team at Jericho House have entered. A battle to see men delivered from a life of addiction and pain.

They don't compromise and work to lift high the only name that can save a person from himself and that is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Larry has years of experience and uses a proven model of recovery that has been being used in a number of settings for years.

Take the time to learn more about this incredible ministry and get involved as the Lord leads you.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am so grateful for the love, support and teachings given to my son at the Jericho House. My son is an addict and has fought his demons for years. The Jericho House staff and Larry McKenna taught my son to love God as well as learning to love himself. Larry McKenna teaches and rules with tremendous love , understanding and compassion.

1 Crystal Kiertekles

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I love how this program is helping my husband over come his addictions spirtually, mentally and physically.

BUT I do not appreciate how its been eight months and wont allow him to have anything to do with his wife. We are unable to work on our family and marriage even when the program directly says thats part of what they do. It appears that they are trying to encourage us to get a divorce. Especially when the director of the program has gone as far as talking poorly about me to my husband and even in front of the other guys.

I've also been upset how in six months he was only allowed to talk to his 4 year old daughter twice and in the seventh month my daughter was begging for her dad so much I had to call the program and talk to a head counselor about her disstress. It was only then that he was allowed to start calling her. I appreciate Rick for making that happen. My daughter is exstatic when he calls and even though he is forbidden to talk to me I'm still greatful that he can finally talk to her.

Comments ( 1 )


the-jericho-house 11/26/2011

Crystal, I am so sorry that you are hurting. I know there are things that are hard for you to understand. Your husband has permission to call your daughter every week. If he has chosen not to then I will talk to him. We are praying for you and know that all will work out in the end. YOur husband is doing better then he ever has and I know that means alot to you. Hang in there. And I will tell you this, I have discussed you because your husband brought things up in a therapeutic group meeting. Sometimes when you are coming out of denial you hear what you want to hear. I do not dislike you at all. I have prayed for you and will continue to do so. Hang in there. PS you and your husband have the cutest kid. She should be in the movies :-)