Van Ness Recovery House is Raising Funds to Buy New Stove and Other Kitchen Upgrades

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The Van Ness Recovery House - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Van Ness Recovery House (VNRH), the oldest rehab serving the LGBT community in the nation, is currently holding a fundraiser to help with the purchase a new stove as well as help with other badly needed kitchen upgrades. With the holidays approaching, the Van Ness Recovery House is hoping to purchase a new stove to serve the recovering LGBTQ+ community before Thanksgiving.

Donations can be made at https://vannessrecoveryhouse.networkforgood.com/

Cash donations can also be made in person at My 12 Step Store, located at 8730 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, from 10am – 4pm daily (call 310-623-1702, for their COVID-19 safety guidelines before visiting the store).

The House serves the upwards of 20 residents, three meals daily for 365 days of the year. Each year the house also serves an additional 250 meals at the rehab’s Open House on Thanksgiving day. This year, The House be hosting curbside meals to make sure everyone stays safe during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Founded in 1973, The VNRH granted LGBTQ+ alcoholics and addicts access to substance abuse treatment during a time when same sex behavior was illegal in the U.S. (same sex behavior was not legalized until 1976). The 20-bed residential treatment was one of the first to welcome persons with HIV and AIDS into residential addiction recovery treatment.

Since its founding, 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.

The mission of VNRH is to meet the critical and expanding needs of the LGBTQI community through whole person care. Integrated services target drug and alcohol addiction, mental health concerns, and emphasize sexual health in a socially supportive environment.  Services are available to anyone regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. The House engages people struggling with addiction through compassion, perseverance and respect.

The help people get at the Van Ness Recovery House are as follows:

  1. Abstain from drugs and alcohol in a safe and supportive environment.
  2. Learn skills for relapse prevention and improved coping.
  3. Protect themselves from HIV/STD infection and transmission.
  4. Get needed medical treatment and maintain good physical health.
  5. Minimize the effects of complex trauma.
  6. Build a strong family and drug free social network.
  7. Maintain a life worth living through stable housing and/or employment.

To learn more about The Van Ness Recovery House, visit: www.vannessrecoveryhouse.com.

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