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SEPTEMBER 2019 ISSUE

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HIDDEN DANGERS ALCOHOL’S HEALTH CONCERNS

RELAPSE TRACKERS FITNESS TRACKERS HELP PREVENT RELAPSE FIGHTING FIRE RESEARCHERS LOOK TO COMBAT ADDICTION FIRE

GROWING CONCERN

HEROIN USE DANGERS HEROIN USE POSES TO THE COUNTRY

To AnchorHOUSE-The House of Hope Welcome

Anchor House is a Faith-based Intensive Residential Treatment program Licensed by OASAS (Office of Alco- hol and Substance Abuse Services). The duration of our program varies from 12-18 months (or less), based on individual progress. We are one program with two locations and expanding. Our fifty bed menʼs facility and twenty-eight bed womenʼs facility offers gender specific curricula at each site. Anchor House also pro- vides treatment services to pregnant women on a case by case basis. Our staff cover the spectrum of knowledge and exper- tise in the field of substance use treatment. Our teamʼs credentials range from CASAC, CASAC-T, LMSW, LCSW, LMHC, RN, LPN, CRC, Recovery Coach, Peer Advocates and other Human Ser- vice professionals. In addition to the wealth of education and training our team has, we also provide internships for BSW, MSW, CRC, MPA, CASAC-Tʼs and Chaplinʼs. Anchor House endeavors to create a journey for our clients and not a destination once they complete the program. We have an alumni and mentoring program that allows former clients an opportunity to stay con- nected and give back to the residential community. This concept is introduced while in treatment through weekly community service projects that foster a desire to help. Our aftercare and wrap around referral ser- vices provide support as the clients return to their fami- lies and community.

Anchor House recognizes that Sub- stance Use can lead to involvement with the legal system and thereby affecting the individual and their families. Anchor House therefore partners with law enforcement agen- cies (i.e., drug court, alternatives to incarceration, probation and parole). Our partnerships include but are not limited to Administration for Childrenʼs Services (ACS), Treat- ment Alternatives to Street Crime (TASC), Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) as well as a range of foster care agencies to ensure successful reunification of families. Our spiritual component sets us apart because we provide the opportunity to learn how to live as a spiritual being not defined by our human experiences. Our spiritual curriculum (optional) incorporates activities and workshops teaching practical application for spiritual living.

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Women’s Program Immediately after the construction was finished at Bergen Street and the population of the men’s program was doubled, the work began to rehabilitate Park Place as a women’s program with the capacity of 20. After it began ministering to women, the building next door was purchased and the real estate capacity of the program was doubled. Who would have realized fifty years ago that Alfredo Cotto-Thorner’s dream would have become a reality this way? Continuing The Vision Over the fifty years, hundreds of lives have been changed. Individuals have been emptied of drugs and filled with Christ. Alumni of Anchor House have gone into all types of vocations. Some have become ministers and others have become productive through voctional training they have received while in treatment at Anchor House. Some have returned to Anchor House as members of the staff. We welcome this year’s graduates and pray for Christ’s love to be with them as they become an inspiration. We also give thanks for the volunteers over the years. They have shared their love and concern. Some have come on a weekly basis and others have helped through their local churches or served on committees and on the Bord of Directors. Anchor House

O n a personal note, Nancy, inspired by Rev. Lopez’ appeal for toiletries for the residents, worked with the Outreach Committee of Memorial Church and every years for 25 years, brought special gifts to each resident. Richard distributed them when he spoke at the annual Christmas Eve Service. The vision continues under the outstanding leadership of Alison King as Executive Director. In 2013, the women’s program expanded from a capacity of 20 to 28. In

2016, OASAS approved a capital project to expand the real estate property for Bergen street. The hope is to have a larger capacity to help families as well as an outpatient program.

Rev. Richard Rice and his wife Nancy were good friends of Rev. Alfredo Cotto-Thorner and his wife Dorothy. These are some thoughts that began with our friendship and continued over the years with the development of the Anchor House program. Alfredo came from Puerto Rico and Dorothy came from Minnesota.

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MEN’S FACILITY T: 718.771.0760 / F: 718.771.0960 1041 Bergen Street Brooklyn, New York 11216

WOMEN’S FACILITY T: 718.756.8673 / F: 718.756.4527 976 Park Place Brooklyn, New York 11213

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South 3rd Street United Methodist Church In the 1960s, the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn was filled with addicts. Alfredo and Dortohy ministered to those who were near the church on a daily basis. Many of them would spend most of the day in the program. They would use the church’s lower floor and the lower floor of the attached parsonage where the Cotto- Thorners and their two boys, Lester and Daniel, lived. Alfredo wanted to have a 24 hour program but the church wasn’t able to provide overnight service for men. His frustration was that he had to let the men go at night and then they would shoot up drugs. At Thanksgiving time, Dorothy and the women of the church would have a big

dinner for the people of the community. Dorothy would put the turkeys in the bathtub to thaw, and cook the following day. The members of the church, under Dorothy’s direction, provided meals and donated clothing for the men. Park Place

The residence at Park Place had been the parsonage for the Union United Methodist Church. THey were planning to sell it and find another parsonage. Through negotiations with the Brooklyn and Long Island Church Society, one of the two predecessor organizations of The United Methodist City Society, the property was purchased by the Brooklyn & Long Island Church Society. The doors opened in the Spring of 1967. I twas Alfredo’s program and it was called Anchor House (Addicts on Narcotics CHrist ORiented), an acronym proposed by an early member of the Anchor House Committee, The Rev. Arthur Barton, who was then serving Andrews UM Church in Brooklyn. Richard Rice was the first secretary of the committee. Alfredo stated his program simply, “Empty them of drugs and fill them with Christ.” This

continues to be the theme. During the early years of the program, the men had recreation at the gym where Richard Rice was serving, St. Paul’s UM Church. They would walk to Nostrand Ave. subway and take it to Ave. D and then walk to the church. Nancy’s father worked for Volkswagen and was able to secure a van for the house. This was the first and only van they had for many years. St. Paul’s women would bring dinners to Anchor House several times a year.

T here was an immediate need for furniture and Nancy and Dorothy formed a women’s auxiliary through the New York Annual Conference United Methodist Women. It was called NOAH (Neighbors of Anchor House). The women actually brought the furniture, the men put the beds together under Nancy’s direction. During the early years, the residents would come to St. Paul’s for various services and activities. Each Christmas Even they would come to the 11:00 PM service. The program grew with a staff of eight. A statistical study was done in 1973 that showed a very high success rate. A Board of Directors was formed and has helped to guide the program. There were many directors of the program over the years. One of them, Hyrum Irizarry went on from being a resident to director and then became a Chaplain in the Federal Prison System. Enrique Lopez, a graduate of the Teen Challenge program became a volunteer, then a counselor and then director of the program for over twenty years. While he was director, the program received a citation as the best narcotics program in the United Methodist Church. It was during this time, with the support of NY State OASAS program, that Anchor House sought to double the size of its residence. Bergen Street 50 years of restoring lives

After Richard Rice and Henry Lopez searched for available properties, they came upon the two gutted apartment houses and adjacent empty lot on Bergen St. HUD offered to give a grant of 5 million dollars, 1 million for acquisition and construction and 4 million for program for five years. Senator Alfonse D’Amato sent a letter to Richard Rice announcing the grant. We had a year to take possession of the property. Trudy Grove, then Treasurer of the City Society, worked hard to bring together the funding from HUD and OASAS. We actually got the Bergen St. property through an attempted

murder trial. The owners, a man and the woman had been in an estranged relationship and she was cut by a machete in her face and lost parts of some fingers. Even though there was a recording device that picked up the sounds of the attack, he was acquitted. He wanted cash for his part of the sale. She wanted his money set aside because she was going to sue him. Finally, Dr John Carrington, the Executive Director of the City Society and a strong supporter of the program over the years, suggested that he and Richard go to see the woman. We spoke to her. By her selling the property it would make it possible for us to minister to other battered women like herself. We had the closing on the last day our HUD grant was available.

Former Directors Rev. Dr. Enrique Lopez

Rev. Lopez started in 1979 as a volunteer and then the men’s facility Program Director; subsequently the Executive Director. Rev. Lopez has a heart for leading people out of devastation into a life of freedom through redemption. His legacy of 35 years has touched the lives of so many people and it’s impact will live on for generations to come. His sacrifice and dedication will forever be engrafted into the fiber of Anchor House.

Dorothy Anne Arthur

Dorothy began her tenure at Anchor House Women’s Facility in 1997 as a secretary then counselor and was promoted to the position of Program Director. Dorothy believed “iron sharpens iron” and she was instrumental in building the foundational structure of the women’s facility. In everything she strove for excellence through love. The hearts of many women, children and their families were forever changed through her wisdom and counsel.

She served with a heart of love and in July 2010 she transitioned to Heaven as her new home.

Pastor Roger Jamison Pastor Jamison has a passion to minister to men whose lives have been devastated by substance abuse and incarceration. He began ministering in Riker’s Island Correctional Facility over 20 years ago and began ministering to the residents of Anchor House. Pastor Jamison became the Program Director and began mentoring and providing spiritual counsel and development for the residents while overseeing the day-to-day operation of the program. Pastor Jamison’s heart can be known through the motto he has adopted from the late, Dr. John G. Lake: “Beloved, for the sake of a dying world, pay the price, get God’s power and set the captives free!”

Frank O’Neill Frank O’Neill worked in the field of addiction for about 18 years. He came on board at Anchor House October 1997 as a Clinical Counselor. After two years Frank became one of the Men’s Facility Program Director’s. Although credentialed Frank was known for his unique and innate ability to expound on clinical and spiritual matters. Frank was dedicated to facilitating growth in both staff and clients.

After 20 years of service Frank retired in February 2015.

Hector Moreno

Hector Moreno graciously entered the doors of Anchor House with a servant’s heart and a humble spirit. He came as a vocational intern while attending New York University. His keen clinical insight resulted in his promotion to Clinical and Vocational Directorship. Hector always empowered people to believe in themselves and strive for excellence. Thousands of men and women achieved their vocational and employment goals.

Hector retired in 2016

MEN’S FACILITY T: 718.771.0760 / F: 718.771.0960 1041 Bergen Street Brooklyn, New York 11216 WOMEN’S FACILITY T: 718.756.8673 / F: 718.756.4527 976 Park Place Brooklyn, New York 11213

Our Facilities

Men’s Facility—1041 Bergen Street

Dining Room

Conference Room

Sleeping Area

T.V. Room/ Lounge

Women’s Facility—976 Park Place

Back Yard

Li ving Room

Sleeping Area

Mul tipurpose Room

We are here to give you the tools you need for a healthy life!

MEN’S FACILITY T: 718.771.0760 / F: 718.771.0960 1041 Bergen Street Brooklyn, New York 11216

WOMEN’S FACILITY T: 718.756.8673 / F: 718.756.4527 976 Park Place Brooklyn, New York 11213

Should Be Celebrated

I desire the life that God has promisedme. L = The Lord appeared to us in the past saying, “I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have drown you withloving- kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3 I = Intercessor F = Freedom—Jesus said, “If the Son set you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 E = Jesus said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life.” So I choose LIFE today.

P.C.

Wounded Man/Redeemed Man I grew up in a middle class neighborhood; very privileged. Yet I was emotionally and spiritually broken, angry and confused. From the outside our family looked like your average middle class American family but behind the doors were constant arguing, screaming, hitting and breaking things. Frustrations were taken out on me, the hyper child, and this was the beginning of 30 years of addiction, crime, violence and loneliness. My mom left when I was 12 years old and my brothers blamed me for her leaving. I felt rejected, abandoned, unloved and unwanted so I dropped out of school by the 9th grade and ran the streets with older kids from dysfunctional families like mine. This was a recipe for disaster.

B y the age of 15, I was smoking crack, getting arrested and in and out of programs. I eventually ended up in prison and eventually homeless with no purpose, no passion and no hope. Many other things took place in my life but to make a long story short I ended up on life support twice. I was beaten into a coma by four guys with baseball bats. I ended up a fugitive, a hardened criminal and a part of the dark underworld of addiction. I was lying, cheating, stealing, begging and borrowing anything I could to get the next one. I was a slave and couldn’t see any way out. I went to jail for the umpteenth time and the only visitor I had was my dad. I was so alone and broken. His hug was the most comforting hug I could receive like a child in a 43 year old broken man’s body. My dads only wish was to see his son get sober, be happy and be free so he helped me get into another faith based 90 day program. I prayed and begged God and He showed up. I got involved in the groups and shared honestly my testimony. My dad told me he was proud of me and couldn’t wait to see me. After being there a couple of months I called home only to find my dad has passed away unexpectedly. I was in shock and denial. I wen to the wake and the funeral and then back to the program. I tried to process everything but still didn’t fully trust God. I ended up going back to my home to what was familiar. I lasted three weeks and down I went. Aday after getting high I lay in bed depressed and I whispered, “God helpme” andmy prayers were answered. { } I was invited to a church I had been to and one of the members and the Pastor prayed over me. They gave me the phone number to Anchor House. At first the fact of the unknown almost prevented me from making the call but deep inside something said, CALL!”. Within two weeks I was in the program. I know now that whisper was God’s Spirit speaking to me. I’ve been here for 90 days and a radical change has overtaken my life; it’s the love of the Father. Psalm 27:10 says, “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will take care of me.” So I’m being restored, renewed and redeemed by His love one day at a time here at the House of Hope. I have forgiven others but most of all I forgave myself. I’m living proof God can take any mess and make it His message and that it is never too late with God. -M.G

Finding a Home

In time even the harshest skeptics heart is touched by things real or imagined going on around him. The unexplained events once defined as coincidence at Anchor House we come to see as miracles. Seemingly miraculous physical, emotional and spiritual transformation leads one to start to believe that “Through God all things are possible” and maybe, just maybe God does have a plan for me...if I just believe. You see, a short while ago I was that skeptic who viewed Anchor House as just a rehab and the goings on as coincidences. I am now starting to believe in miracles and view Anchor House as home. I say to each and every resident that Anchor House represents something different. To some it’s a sanctuary, a respite from the streets. To others a short term pit stop, a place to rest up, re-tool, re-energize before we go off again to do what we do. It can also be an alternative to incarceration for the select few to whom the privilege is granted. None of us come through the doors thinking of Anchor House as home, the safe haven we all knew and now seek; where love is abundant and family resides. But in time, that is what it becomes...home. The fellowship and comradery found living amongst my fellow residents is like the bonds I’ve forged with my siblings. Growing up the older brother, not having a clue I find myself now with 40 others in whom I can turn to and confide in times of distress.

The guidance and encouragement we receive from management and staff is reminiscent of the parental and familiar love from the elders we all knew growing up.

-T.S.

God Works It Out

In Deuteronomy 28:13 God’s word says, “The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.” As I reflect on the past 13 years I see God’s glory and how He took me from a life of degradation. As an Alumni of Anchor House God has redefined and developed me for His purpose and His plan (Jeremiah 29:11). I completed college, earning a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in social work as well as credentialing in the very sin that had me bound and confined; substance abuse. God again took what Satan meant for harm and turned it into good.

“There was a time I did not believe there

was a purpose for my life and believed my purpose was to be abused by others and to abuse myself with alcohol and drugs. Today I encourage the abused and

counsel the ones who abuse themselves with the same substance.”

Again, God has proven that He is not a man that He should lie. This promise in Romans 8:28, “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. .”

-R.N.W.

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