Our recovery program saves lives and restores homeless people to their families and communities. It is built on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. It recognizes that one’s current thinking and behavior has not been working, that one is powerless over alcohol and/or other substances and outside help is needed. The old self needs to be replaced and a new relationship developed with oneself, with others and with a Higher Power that many call God. Full surrender to a Higher Power that provides unconditional love and acceptance is needed.
The program is free to our clients and the average length of the program is six to nine months. It is a community, educational process guided by peer mentors that are in recovery. It is a mutual help program that covers in depth the subject of alcoholism and addiction and the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous requiring both written and oral assignments to be completed.
We help the client develop the will to change, how it is done, and learn how to live a productive new life.
Health, shelter and food requirements are addressed as well.
Our program is a social model of recovery with peer mentors and personal accountability. We do not use pharmaceuticals as part of the intervention process. Our staff, peer mentors and clients are a democratic, therapeutic community that reinforces responsibility, accountability, and caring for others. Clients that have progressed in the program practice the philosophy of Alcoholics Anonymous by sharing, their experience, strength and hope with new clients.
Clients are provided a structured schedule for working on the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, attending 90 “AA” meetings in 90 days, and community meetings with their peers. Tasks are assigned for teaching responsibility and accountability and working and interacting with others. Usually this phase of their recovery requires 3 to 4 months.
In the next phase, recovery work continues while issues of housing, education and training and employment are addressed. Regular attendance of AA meetings is encouraged as well as their re-establishment of family relationships. This phase could last 3 to 6 months.
Finally, employment and housing is found and clients are encouraged to be positive role models to those early in their recovery.
The community social model provides unconditional love and acceptance, a strong dose of hope, and encourages individuals to take responsibility and be accountable for their actions. Through peer mentoring, the program is reinforced and the community is bonded together. At community meetings clients remind each other of their support but hold each other accountable and consequences are assigned for their failings. Walking and exercising together is required not only because of its beneficial effects on physical and mental recovery but also providing time for talking and sharing experience and hope and support for one another.
The program is an education process conducted not only in the classroom but learned through sharing a variety of tasks assigned.
The twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous is emphasized and all steps must be completed to finish the program. A strong emphasis is on the development of a personal relationship with a Higher Power that we call God.
Because there is no pressure from the outside from insurance carriers or other providers, the program treats the whole person addressing his specific needs recognizing that typically 6 to 9 months is needed to change old behaviors. None of the approaches used are unique but when integrated together, they have been found to provide healing and successful recovery.
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues nor fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization nor institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.