We couldn’t know in 1993, when we opened the doors of Puente House, that the history of our organization would be written in its future. We just wanted drunks and drug addicts to have somewhere to go that was safe—a place where men and women, just like them, just as sick as they were, would open the door when no one else would. We wanted them to know that even if we were the last house on the block, the last stop, they were wanted here. We wanted to offer them a clean bed, a hot shower, a new start. Mostly, we wanted them to know that they never had to use or drink again, that we would help them arrest the insanity of addiction.
Fast forward almost two decades. We have served thousands of alcoholics, introducing them to 12 step recovery programs that work and surrounding them with men and women who share victory over similar experiences. The men and women that live in these houses come face to face with the fatality of their disease. Inside these walls they wrestle and eventually beat down the idea that they can ever hope to drink or use like a normal person. They find relief from the most extraordinary fears and discover the courage to begin a different life. It’s nothing short of amazing what happens here, and we are humbled to be a part of it.