HoH Alumnae Recovery Walk - 8/4/18

$1,850 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 13 months
Created June 20, 2018
 *  THE WALK IS AUGUST 4, 2018.  Join us @ Shepard and Gaffey at 8:30 a.m.!*

The primary purpose of the House of Hope Alumnae Group is to contribute to the growth and unity of both the members of the Alumnae Group and the women still in residential treatment at the House of Hope.  To that end, we coordinate outings and events with the women still in primary treatment to bridge the gap between residential treatment and the graduates of the program.  We strive always to create unity and to strengthen the bonds among Alumnae members and future graduates.  

We consider each and every one of these women to be a miracle.

Over the years, we have sponsored numerous events, including beach adventures, karaoke nights, and trips to amusement parks like Knott's Berry Farm and Soak City.  We also enjoy fellowshipping with each other and the primary women during game and movie nights.  Each December, the Alumnae group hosts a holiday party where we share a family meal, give gifts to each of the women in residential treatment, and dance the night away.  The Alumnae group also makes quarterly donations directly to the House of Hope.

To do all of this, though, we need your help!  The annual Walk for Recovery is our biggest fundraiser.  All of the funds raised go directly to the Alumnae fund to pay for these excursions, gifts, and donations.  The more money we raise, the more we can give back to the primary women.  The days and weeks in early sobriety can be very challenging, and it's sometimes difficult to see how life can be lived and enjoyed (especially social gatherings) without alcohol and drugs.   The women of the House of Hope Alumnae Group aim to show the women in residential treatment just how fulfilling  - and fun - a life in sobriety can be.

This year's walk will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  We ask that everyone meet at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Shepard & Gaffey Streets in San Pedro in order to prepare for the walk  - map here https://goo.gl/maps/JKpUEcx8dc42.  There will be a raffle and you can buy raffle tickets prior to the walk.  The walk will be approximately 5 miles in the scenic Point Fermin area of San Pedro.  

Any donation can help us to be of ever-increasing service.

With gratitude,

the House of Hope Alumnae Group officers (Christina, Heather, Maria, and Megan) & members

For questions, please e-mail hohalums@gmail.com or call Megan at 310.863.4269.
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The walk is next Saturday, August 4, 2018. Please meet at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Shepard & Gaffey Streets in San Pedro - https://goo.gl/maps/JKpUEcx8dc42.
Thank you for your support! Below is another alumna testimonial, from a woman who graduated from residential treatment in 2011.

Hi. My name is Safiya, and my sobriety date is January 11, 2011. I entered the House of Hope (HOH) on January 10, 2011 and before this day I had not been able to draw a sober breath in over 9 years. In order to walk through their gates that day, I sat in the parking lot adjacent to the house, just drinking to gather up the courage to walk in. I had no idea that I would be separated from alcohol and drugs for the last time.

I remember sitting across from the program director Myrra at some point as she asked me, “are you willing to go to any lengths to stay sober?” My first attempt at honesty started that day as I answered, “I have no idea what that would even look like, but I need this year to be different.” Before entering the HOH, I lived with an immense amount of shame, guilt, fear, and hopelessness because of where my disease had taken me. I had also crushed and disappointed everyone who loved me. It was painful to start looking at these realizations…sober.

However, the House of Hope provided structure, tough love, and safety to begin processing and healing from the insidious disease of addiction. The women there became my second family as we all fought for another day of sobriety and supported one another in that fight. I learned how to laugh again while at the HOH and I even started to dream again.

I have 7 and half years of sobriety now. Through this second chance at life, I’ve been able to go back to school and complete my B.A. degree. I’ve been working in community mental health for the last year and I’m currently in graduate school. I will be obtaining my masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in Spring 2019. I married the man who introduced me to recovery in 2015. That same year we welcomed our daughter into the world. I get to be a sober mother, wife, daughter, sister, student, employee, and friend.

I never want to forget where I came from, and that’s why I stay close to the HOH. It’s been particularly important for me to sponsor women that are going through treatment there. I am my sister’s keeper and I hold the faith, love, and hope for them until they can hold it for themselves, just like what was done for me.
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The walk is on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Please meet at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Shepard & Gaffey Streets in San Pedro - map here https://goo.gl/maps/JKpUEcx8dc42.
Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared our page! The following is a testimonial from an alumna who entered treatment in 2006 and has remained clean and sober!

My name is Dori, I am an alcoholic, and my sobriety date is May 20, 2006.

My drinking and using started very young. I had my first blackout drunk when I was 11 years old, and I started using heroin at the age of 15. My teen years consisted of dropping out of school, countless arrests, and several juvenile rehabs. I ended up being made a ward of the Court and was sent to juvenile hall until I was 18.

My life after that consisted of many years of heavy drug addiction. I had two children who I abandoned. I was in and out of the L.A. County Jail and spent nearly all my 30s in the California state prison system.

By the grace of God, in May 2006 (at age 40) I wound up at the House of Hope, a women's recovery center. When I got there, I felt hopeless. I was homeless with no job skills, no coping skills, and no life skills at all. At the time, the House of Hope was a 6 month inpatient program. This was the first time in 25 years I felt there was hope for me. I graduated from the House of Hope inpatient program and went to their sober living. This is where I was able to take all of the tools that I'd learned in the program and apply them in the real world.

Today, I have both of my children back in my life, a wonderful husband, an awesome career, and true friends. Most importantly, though, I have a sense of serenity and purpose.

The House of Hope helped me to break free from the bondage of addiction, introduced me to the 12 steps of recovery, and loved me until I was able to love myself.

- Dori, 2006 graduate of the House of Hope
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The walk will take place on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.  Please meet at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Shepard & Gaffey Streets in San Pedro   - map here https://goo.gl/maps/JKpUEcx8dc42. 
Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared our page! The following is a short testimonial from one of our alumnae who entered treatment in late 2011 and has remained clean and sober ever since.
I entered The House of Hope Treatment Center almost 7 years ago, in November. Since then my life has dramatically changed due to the interventions and treatment I received there. I was lost and very misguided due to many negative life experience beginning in childhood, all the way into adulthood. The House of Hope helped me learn about myself and the reasons I ended up in the situations I was in. They helped me recognize the errors in my thinking and taught me the tools necessary to identify and change my decision making patterns. Before going to treatment I was using drugs, in abusive relationships, and had a DCFS case against me. I was suffering from depression, and I had no idea how to fix any of these problems.

I remember the first day of treatment like it was yesterday. The staff and residents made me feel safe, welcome, loved and made me feel like I was not alone anymore. That was the beginning of my long journey down this road of recovery. I was able to work on my issues in a safe environment, and because of that I have made some dramatic changes in my life. On 11-3-2018 I will have 7 years sober! I have full custody of my children, I'm in a loving relationship with an amazingly smart boyfriend, I have a career as a medical assistant, and I am continuing my education at Los Angeles Harbor College pursuing a degree in business. Because of the House of Hope I am living the life I have always wanted and dreamed of but never new how to obtain. I am forever grateful for the loving relationships I made there, the skills I learned, and the chance at a very bright future. Thanks to the House I will continue to be of service to others and pay forward the gifts I've been given with the tools I learned.

Thank you!

Jamie, 2012 graduate of House of Hope residential treatment
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$1,850 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 13 months
Created June 20, 2018
Funds raised will benefit:
House Of Hope Foundation Inc (House of Hope)
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San Pedro, CA
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