THE PUENTE HOUSE FOUNDATION
The Puente House Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation providing assistance to men and women who need structured residential living environment in their recovery from substance abuse. The men and women served by the Puente House Foundation are residents of sober living facilities – alcoholics and drug addicts who exhibit a strong desire for recovery from their crippling addiction. The Puente House Foundation has served the recovery community for the past 13 years by sponsoring a Thanksgiving dinner that has served over 200 meals for individuals that may not have family to share the holiday with. The Puente House Foundation has also been sponsoring a Christmas Children’s Toy Giveaway event every year for the past 11 years that has provided beautiful Christmas gifts to over 250 children each year. The Los Angeles County Fire Dept. have been kind enough to help us in this event by donating toys each year. Puente House Foundation also gives financial support to newly recovering alcoholics and addicts who are in local Sober Living Homes, Recovery Homes and/or Treatment Centers.
The Board of Directors
Karl Moris, founder of Puente House and Executive Director of the Sober Living Network, has been a passionate advocate for recovery from addiction for more than 24 years. A successful leader in the Los Angeles business community, Karl’s work serves people both inside and out of recovery, meeting needs where and when they arise. This life of service, which began in the Navy, is anchored in a desire to bring the opportunities for recovery into a world saturated by drugs and alcohol, and has culminated in the opportunity to save thousands of lives through commitment to core recovery principles. Karl and his two children, Ryan and Madison, live in Covina, CA.
Alene H. Moris
Alene H. Moris is a career counselor and consultant to profit and non profit organizations on human resource issues. She has given seminars and presentations to business and professional associations both nationally and internationally. After cofounding the Women’s Center at the University of Washington, she cofounded the Individual Development Center in Seattle which she directed for 14 years. She has received many honors for her work with men and women in life transitions including an honorary doctorate from Seattle University; also, a President’s Award from the King County Bar Association for 40 years of justice advocacy work on behalf of women.
Earl Hightower, BRI-II, CCDC
Earl Hightower, BRI-II, CCDC, has been a leader in the field of intervention for over 25 years. Trained by the originators of intervention, The Johnson Institute, in 1983, Earl has conducted over 2,500 interventions. This combination of training and experience has been developed into the most successful intervention system available. Earl is a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Board Registered Interventionist-Level II, and currently trains and supervises the best interventionists in the United States.
Robin McGeough, C.A.T.C. II, A.S. Behavioral Sciences, Intervention Specialist
Robin McGeough has held the position of Program Director at the Charter Oak Recovery Center, a subsidiary of Aurora Charter Oak Hospital in the city of Covina, since 2007. He is responsible for the overall management and direction of the clinical services for their 12 bed licensed and accredited residential treatment facility. Robin came to the Charter Oak Recovery Center following 13 years of program management experience as the Director of a 28 bed licensed residential treatment facility known as Spencer Recovery Center, located in Laguna Beach California. Robin is personally dedicated to the recovery community with his yearly endeavor Run 4 Recovery, an annual ride/run covering more than 200 miles down the California coast to raise money for drug & alcohol dependent individuals and their families who have little to no financial resources. To date, Run4Recovery has raised funds totaling over $15,000. In addition, his community outreach includes active work with the 12 step community, a weekly teen counseling group and sessions with at-risk teenagers at Glendora High School.
Judith Roberts is Founder and Administrator of Hope Manor – Sober Living for Women.
Judith earned a Bachelor of Social Behavioral Sciences and then went on to obtain her Juris Doctor at the University of North Dakota School of Law. Judith has practiced law in several states and numerous Tribal Courts and also spent a number of years working in the political area working for a US Congressman and as Legal Counsel for a state Supreme Court.
Battling a 16 year long addiction to alcohol and drugs on January 19th, 2009, Judith finally hit her personal bottom and began her journey in Recovery. In 2014, in an effort to give back what had been so freely given to her, Judith left her law career, refinanced her personal home and opened Hope Manor, the only sober living home in North Dakota. The first Hope Manor opened January 15, 2014, and then Judith once again refinanced her personal home to open the second Hope Manor on August 15th, 2014
Judith’s goal was to create a warm, welcoming, safe and sober home for women struggling with alcoholism and addiction. That goal is realized daily as Hope Manor provides an environment in which women can recover from life threatening alcoholism/addictions and enjoy a life of recovery. Life at Hope Manor encompasses the mind, body and spirit, with the end goal being not just to get sober but to stay sober and to be able to enjoy life on life’s terms.