Letter to My Mother Book Launch

We are so excited to share the news about a recently published book that features many of our Alpha Home Alumnae and staff. A portion of proceeds of the book will directly benefit Alpha Home, so please share!

Letter to My Mother by Branislav Jankic is an impactful look into the lives of mothers suffering from addiction in the United States. The photographic series and book was prompted as the artist’s response to the lung cancer diagnosis of his mother, a former prescription drug and alcohol addict. The painful news brought to light their affected personal relationship, and the artist realized that many other families who struggle with addiction, both past and present, must have been through similar strain and damage. Upon this realization, Jankic set out to find his mother, not in the literal sense, but through an emotional journey of meeting, photographing, and documenting 40 mothers, who had either achieved recovery or were in treatment, and their children.

Published by Silvana Editorale, Letter To My Mother is available at Rizzoli Bookstore in New York starting June 17th.

Proceeds from the book sales will be donated to Alpha Home in San Antonio, Texas and the Santa Maria Hostel Drug and Addiction Centre in Houston, Texas.

ORDER your book here: https://www.rizzolibookstore.com/letter-my-mother

#BellasStory

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Meet Bella. Her sobriety date is October 27, 2007. She dabbled with drugs and alcohol since the age of 15. She became a mom of two boys at a young age. At 28 she tried crack cocaine and was immediately hooked. Two years later, she dropped off her two sons, ages 6 and 11, with their father and never looked back.

“I abandoned my kids. I was living on the streets in another state and I got involved with a rough crowd. I got beaten badly and was left on the side of the road. A little old man named Fred found me and was able to get enough information from me that he got me a bus ticket and sent me back home. He said, ‘Don’t ever look back. You need to get on this bus and keep going or you are going to die.’ At that moment, I decided to do things differently this time. I went to Alpha Home. Alpha Home gave me a foundation and the tools I needed for sobriety. I found God at Alpha Home. I found compassion and understanding. Alpha Home also taught me how to talk to my kids and help me mend my relationships with my sons. This place saved my life. If it wasn’t for Alpha Home I wouldn’t have the life I have today . I got remarried in sobriety and we had a little girl. I get to be engaged in my child’s life today. I know my daughter’s likes, dislikes, and her facial expressions; I can tell you anything about her and this is completely different than before. They say if you stay sober your deepest desires will come to life. This is true and I am the best mom to my daughter and two sons today because of it. This is what makes me the happiest.”

Because of your support, Bella was able to get sober,

Please consider a Big Give SA gift to Alpha Home. Know that you are helping individuals just like Bella restore their lives!

Watch our staff “Give… Watch (them) Pay, Pay.”

The Big Give S.A. is May 3, 2016, and we are asking YOU to make a contribution of $10 or more to help Alpha Home reach our $10,000 goal! Even though The Big Give S.A. is a 24-hour giving event, but we’re asking our donors to contribute during our 9am-10am POWER HOUR. Can’t contribute during that time? No worries, you can donate anytime on May 3rd.

Help us spread the word by donating, pledging your support ahead of time, or sharing this video with your friends, colleagues and family! We need your support to make this a successful event.

On May, 3, 2016, you can make your gift online at:
thebiggivesa.org/npo/alpha-home

 

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Baby First workshop

Our Family First program offers a fun and informative workshop for expectant moms every month! Register by calling 210-735-3822 ext. 203 or 207. Every mom-to-be who completes the class receives a FREE diaper bag filled with baby products– diapers, wipes, bottles, bibs, blankets, onesies & more!

Meet Our New CEO

Hello, I’m Angela White, delighted to meet you.…

A little bit about me…. I am originally from England and came to the United States with my family in 2007. I became an American citizen in 2013 and now consider San Antonio home. I have five rescue dogs and a parrot―it’s an entertaining household!

My corporate career has covered finance, IT, training, program, operational and change management underpinned with sales and customer service, working with teams spread across the globe. I have always been interested in the mentorship and coaching of my teams and working with others to achieve their goals.

The next challenge was starting and running my Life Coaching practice. I had great clients, both corporate and private. During this time, I wrote a monthly magazine column and appeared on television, which was fun. I found my business to be greatly fulfilling as it allowed me to be a positive influence of change in my clients’ lives.

In 2007, my husband was offered a job in either Anchorage or Houston.… The UK is cold and wet enough without adding snow, so Texas it was! Our time in Houston was wonderful, but due to another job change in 2012, we moved to San Antonio. I have found this city to be friendly and charming, and my family and I are definitely here to stay.

Throughout my life, I have been actively involved in volunteering with nonprofit organizations. The focus of my work has always been women and children, from fostering and adoption to helping set up a women’s shelter and latterly with CASA in Conroe, Texas. I feel called to serve others who need support, to reunify families when possible, and to be a part of working with people to help them be all they can be in their lives.

I am delighted to join Alpha Home and the inspiring team who work there. This is a dream role for me, in that I can combine my corporate experience with my passion for serving others in a position that can truly make a difference. Thank you, Alpha Home Board and Leadership team, for making this possible.

Doorways of Hope Luncheon recap

Thanks again to all who helped support Alpha Home’s Doorways of Hope luncheon on February 25th. The donations, sponsorships and raffle sales made this event one of Alpha Home’s most successful luncheons. We raised a total of $90,555!

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#GivingTuesday Success Story

Dear Friends,

We love sharing success stories about Alpha Home — especially with people like you who are connected with Alpha Home on a personal level.

Meet Sofia. Her sobriety date is October 27, 2007. She dabbled with drugs and alcohol since the age of 15. She became a mom of two boys at a young age. At 28 she tried crack cocaine and was immediately hooked. Two years later, she dropped off her two sons, ages 6 and 11, with their father and never looked back.

“I abandoned my kids. I was living on the streets in another state and I got involved with a rough crowd. I got beaten badly and was left on the side of the road. A little old man named Fred found me and was able to get enough information from me that he got me a bus ticket and sent me back home. He said, ‘Don’t ever look back. You need to get on this bus and keep going or you are going to die.’ At that moment, I decided to do things differently this time. I went to Alpha Home. Alpha Home gave me a foundation and the tools I needed for sobriety. I found God at Alpha Home. I found compassion and understanding. Alpha Home also taught me how to talk to my kids and help me mend my relationships with my sons. This place saved my life. If it wasn’t for Alpha Home I wouldn’t have the life I have today . I got remarried in sobriety and we had a little girl. I get to be engaged in my child’s life today. I know my daughter’s likes, dislikes, and her facial expressions; I can tell you anything about her and this is completely different than before. They say if you stay sober your deepest desires will come to life. This is true and I am the best mom to my daughter and two sons today because of it. This is what makes me the happiest.”

Because of your support, Sofia was able to get sober, mend her relationships with her sons and be the mom that she always dreamed of being for all her children.

Please consider a gift to Alpha Home. Know that you are helping individuals just like Sofia restore their lives.

Sincerely,

Nangie Lowrie
Interim CEO

Alpha Home’s Residential Program Director featured in National Council Magazine

“The benefits of the internship program to our agency and to our clients were clear from the start. We did not expect the tremendous impact the experience has had on the students. Many interns arrive with preconceived ideas about people with addictions. They think of them as homeless people who sleep under bridges. By the end  of their internships, they realize that addiction crosses all barriers of age, race and socioeconomic conditions. They come to see the patients in our women-only residential program as people who look like their mothers, sisters and best friends.”

Our Residential Program Director, Nancy Tamburo-Trevino is featured in the National Council Magazine! Check it out on page 16.