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Gerry S. and his Henry Ohlhoff House Graduation Yucca

Gerry S. and his Henry Ohlhoff House Graduation Yucca

"I entered the Henry Ohlhoff House in 1987. My total time upon graduation was about one and a half years in the House, which I badly needed.

Skip Byron was the Director and I was so lucky to be under his guidance. My group facilitator, Alice, kept us all in line. At my graduation after dinner Skip presented each of us with a small plant. Mine was a 4 inch Yucca plant. This baby Yucca traveled with me to Arizona, Tennessee, Florida, and back to California. The Yucca is now about 12 feet tall has grown 3 major trunks, much like the different branches of my life.

Everything in my life today is possible because of the love, understanding, and giving that I received at the Henry Ohlhoff House."

We also found a photo of current Skip Byron Primary Program Counselor, Mark Langton, receiving his graduation plant in 1986! We Wonder if he's been able to keep his plant alive all these years too.

601 Steiner St., Residential Campus, Upgrades!

Skip Byron Primary Program's Little Yellow Classroom is complete! Groups for our 30-Day Intensive Program now take place is this space, instead of the Skip Byron living room, allowing a mental and physical separation between the grueling work of treatment and participants' living environment.

601 Steiner St., Residential Campus, Upgrades!

Thank you to the Dollar-A-Day Club for the funds to refurnish the smoking section of the campus with attractive, durable, and comfortable new patio furniture! This area is crucial for the socialization that creates a lasting sober support network.

Again, the men and women in our programs thank you.

Second Director of Henry Ohlhoff House's Memoir Received

Ohlhoff recently received the memoir of Henry Ohlhoff House's second Director (1958-1968), Rev. Kenneth Sandercock. In it he writes about ensuring the original 6-Month Working Men's Program maintained a safe and abstinence based program, "I [was] forced to realize that if any man, no matter what his position, took any drink he had to be sent away at once. Otherwise every other man in the house would think he also could break all the rules and get away with it.  I once found four men, who occupied one room, drinking and playing cards with the bottle on the table in plain sight.  They were all gone in half an hour and gradually some sort of order was established.  It was awkward at times as when the chef had to be fired at four p.m. with no dinner begun and some 30 - 40 men due to eat at 6.00.  But out he had to go regardless." Decades later and all our alumni can relate to these continued traditions that uphold the integrity of the Henry Ohlhoff House.

Thank you to Rev. Sandercock's grandson, Michael, for sharing the memoir with us!