Alpha Home receives grant to update parenting curriculum

We are humbled and grateful to the San Antonio Junior Forum for providing Alpha Home with a grant that will go toward updating our parenting curriculum. Thank you so much for your support and all you do for our community!

The San Antonio Junior Forum helps to support underserved families in our community through personal service, grants to supporting non-profits and scholarships for local high school seniors.

Donate And Change Lives This Holiday Season

The holidays are around us. It’s a time for togetherness with family and friends but for many including our Alpha Home Alumnae it wasn’t always that way.

Valarie is an Alpha Home Alumnae and says she knows she could have lost it all. She once overdosed and was addicted to pain killers and heroin.

She now lives in a sober living house, with her 9-year-old daughter Kaylen. Valarie calls her little girl her “partner” and credits her for helping her stay strong.

Valarie and her daughter, Kaylen (2017)

“I had everything going on for me on the outside,” Valarie said. “But inside it was so miserable and dark.”

Valarie says one Christmas she ended up spending all of her saved money for presents and used it instead to purchase heroin.

“On Christmas morning, I didn’t want to wake up my daughter,” she said recalling the holiday. “I felt shamed, guilty. I’ll never forget that feeling of not wanting to wake her up. I got sober after that because it was so devastating.”

Now sober, Valarie says she happily wakes up her daughter on Christmas morning to make cinnamon rolls. It’s their special new tradition, she says.

Help those who need help like Valarie and have your donation matched this year.

As a reminder, two generous donors are matching all gifts that come in between now and December 29th.

Make your donation today to help keep hope alive for our Alpha Home clients this season. Help restore holidays to what they should be for so many families.

Donate to make a one-time donation here: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/AlphaHomeInc/ChallengeGrant.html

Donate and become a monthly Alpha Home Angel here: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/AlphaHomeInc/EndofYearCampaign.html

New Playroom Unveiled At Alpha Home

Alpha Home has a new playroom for children who visit Alpha Home thanks to a grant from The Charity Ball Association!

Special thanks to Alpha Home Alumnae and Artist, Sara Barcus: Fine Art and Illustration for our beautiful Dr. Seuss mural and our wonderful staffers, Robyn and Sarah, who helped with executing the project from beginning to end.

We are so thrilled with the final result!

Elizabeth Vargas Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At Alpha Home Luncheon

Elizabeth Vargas Confirmed As Keynote Speaker At Alpha Home Luncheon
Award-winning ABC anchor and author to speak about alcoholism, anxiety and national epidemic

(SAN ANTONIO, Texas) – November 22, 2017 – Alpha Home – a local addiction treatment center – is excited to announce award-winning ABC News anchor, Elizabeth Vargas, will be the keynote speaker at its upcoming 12th Annual Doorways of Hope luncheon. The event is scheduled to be held on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at the Omni San Antonio Hotel at the Colonnade (9821 Colonnade Blvd.) at 11:30 a.m.

Vargas is currently the co-anchor of “20/20” with David Muir and is also the author of “Between Breaths: A Memoir of Panic and Addiction,” an award-winning New York Times bestseller.

She has traveled the world, covering breaking news stories, reporting in-depth investigations and conducting newsmaker interviews.

In 2017, Elizabeth anchored breaking news coverage of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, reported on the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment allegations and spent three years documenting an inspirational family as they adjust to life with their son’s rare facial condition. In 2016, she anchored “20/20” reports on the passing of George Michael, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds as well as the breaking news live network coverage of the deadly Orlando nightclub shooting, the ambush in Dallas where five police officers were killed, the death of pop star Prince and the passing boxing icon Muhammad Ali.

She has interviewed leaders from around the world, including President George W. Bush from the Oval Office in the White House. Her international coverage has sent her to Beslan, Russia, and the Middle East. In 2000, Vargas won an Emmy for Outstanding Instant Coverage of a News Story for anchoring live coverage of the Eilan Gonzalez case.

“We are thrilled to honor Elizabeth for her incredible strength. Her recovery story is honest and tells the story of many other mothers struggling with addiction,” said Angela White, Alpha Home CEO. “Her story will deliver a message of hope and understanding for our attendees and the San Antonio community.”

At our luncheon, Vargas will talk about her experience with alcoholism, anxiety and the national epidemic sweeping the nation.

“Addiction is a serious and deadly issue in our country,” Vargas said. “We must reduce the stigma around this disease by talking more about it. We can save lives together.”

Tickets and sponsorship for the upcoming event can be purchased at the following link: http://bit.ly/1Qzrvfj

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About Alpha Home:
Since its beginning in 1966, Alpha Home has served over 23,000 clients in San Antonio and the surrounding counties. The mission of Alpha Home is to offer a pathway of help, hope and healing through spiritually based drug and alcohol treatment and support.

Joan’s Blessing in Disguise

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County story

“Joan’s” Story: My time at Alpha Home has been a blessing in disguise. I was sent there by my probation officer after two years in federal prison. I came with an attitude of indifference. I had been sober for a little over two years and felt I didn’t need to come to Alpha Home. How wrong I was.

This has been the greatest opportunity for me. I truly believe everything happens for a reason. Why I was sent here after my sentence instead of before really confused me, but after successfully completing this program, I trust in my faith more than ever.

The program taught me so much in just 90 days. I am not the same person I was when I got here. I am so much stronger. I have more self-esteem than I’ve had in a long time. I have learned the tools I will need to help me through not just my recovery, but also future relationships and life’s everyday ups and downs.

I learned that sobriety is not recovery.

If I want to achieve my goals and maintain my recovery, then coming to Alpha Home was the best thing I could ever do. They take lost, scared and angry women, and turn us into strong independent women with hope. This is a spiritual program based on rigorous honesty. I learned what integrity really means. I re-established my morals and built a strong foundation for my future.

The dedication and time the Alpha Home family gives is not only commendable, it’s astonishing. I’ve made lifelong friends being in the residential program. I am grateful and sincere.

Alpha Home is the only San Antonio gender-specific residential rehabilitation program dedicated exclusively to treating women. It provides women intensive and expansive therapeutic drug rehabilitation and alcoholism addiction treatment program in a home-like residential setting that prepares them to remain clean and sober while embracing the benefit of a lifelong 12-Step commitment.

Alpha Home Volunteer Spotlight: Ruth, Cindy and Linda

Every Monday since 2001, Ruth Cawthon has been volunteering at Alpha Home, helping clients sew pillows, tote bags, Christmas ornaments, stockings and even gingerbread dolls. Ruth began at Alpha Home, with a job answering phones and now in retirement she loves volunteering so much that she recruited two of her best friends – Cindy and Linda – to do the same.

“It answered my prayers, because I wanted to do something that helped people,” said Cindy. “This was just a blessing for me… this is what I look forward to every week.”

The three friends come to Alpha Home every week.

They say their interactions with the clients is what keeps bringing them back. During the hour and a half class, Ruth teaches Alpha Home clients the basics of sewing.

“They learn how to reverse, they learn how to turn a corner and to close the pillow up, we teach them how to do a hand sewing stitch,” she said. “I think it’s comforting for them to be able to give their kids something that they can snuggle. So, their kids can have that security when they’re away.”