September was a Success!

This September, Alpha Home joined with community partners throughout San Antonio and Texas to raise awareness about addiction, and more importantly, the power of recovery.  For the first time, Alpha Home hosted a month-long celebration. We enjoyed many partnerships with businesses who helped support Alpha Home’s mission in a new ways including, The Pearl, The Bottling Department, Tenko Ramen, Maybelle’s, Good Kind, Bud’s Rotisserie, Fletcher’s Hamburgers, The Bar at the Food Hall, Bakery Lorraine, Mobile Om, Panda Express, JoyRide and Pinot’s Palette–Alamo Heights.

We truly feel blessed for these new friendships from the businesses, but also from new friends in the community.  Addiction is a funny issue, in that so much shame and judgment surrounds it.  We know when people have the opportunity to ask for and receive help without judgment, they have a better shot at living a sober life.

Thank you San Antonio for helping us raise awareness on an issue that impacts so many.  Together, we can make our community more healthy and HAPPY!

Thank you for supporting the Back to School Supply Drive!

Thank you to everyone who dropped off their donations for our annual Back to School Supply Drive!  Although we didn’t meet our goal to supply 100 kiddos with their needs, the alumnae group were able to collect additional funds and provide 77 backpacks to kiddos.  The group assembled the backpacks and supplies to ensure the first day of school wasn’t empty handed for the children of clients and alumnae in need.

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

Joan’s Blessing in Disguise

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“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 Alumnae Spotlight: Christine

Today we’re bringing you the story of Christine, an Alpha Home Alumnae who never gave up. Completing treatment at Alpha Home helped her turn her life around and she now works at the Adult Drug & DWI Court, working to help others who were once in her shoes. #ChangeTheConversation

“After sitting in jail for over a month ready to go to prison, with the help of the Felony Drug Court, I was admitted into Alpha on May 3, 2007. While at Alpha Home I learned how to confront my addiction. It taught me how to care for myself when I had just given up. It help mend my relationship with my family… It also helped me get back on my feet and become independent. Because of Alpha Home, I found my strength and have been able to help many other women. I have had a pleasure of working alongside some great women who came from Alpha Home, while working as a Recovery Coach and working for the Felony Drug Court and Judicial Services for almost 9 years. I have been sober for 10 years.”

#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!