West Hollywood recovery gift and book store, My 12 Step Store, is donating 20% of its proceeds to the Van Ness Recovery (VNRH) during the month of December, the store’s busiest time of the year.
The staff at the retail store specializing in sobriety literature, milestone medallions, chips, recovery related jewelry, apparel, and other inspirational gift items, are also doing their annual trek to VNRH to present each resident in treatment with gift packages to help them celebrate the Christmas holiday.
RJ Holguin, the founder and owner of My 12 Step Store, understands the hardships someone faces in early recovery during the holidays. Feelings of loneliness are a challenge, especially for those in treatment who are away from family and friends during the season.
“I believe one of the secrets to living is giving,” said Holguin, a VNRH alumnus, who is currently 33 years sober and serves on the VNRH board. “Any area of my life that has been blessed in wonderful ways has been from my giving. It’s about how you’re able to better the lives of people. Finding your purpose in life never comes from what you get, it comes from what you give.”
Van Ness Recovery House opened a 20-bed residential treatment facility in 1973 serving the LGBT community. VNRH was one of the first to welcome persons with HIV and AIDS into residential addiction recovery treatment. Since then, VNRH has served thousands of individuals struggling with substance related disorders. VNRH provides client-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-orientated services, offered by a committed, caring and qualified staff of licensed, certified and registered professionals. VNRH does not discriminate because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or HIV status. Although VNRH largely targets the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and the transgender community, heterosexual clients are welcome and have proven success in the program.
My 12 Step Store is located at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard, in the heart of West Hollywood. To shop online visit www.my12stepstore.com. They ship worldwide.