2012 ANNUAL REPORT 1
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PHILOSOPHY MISSION VISION 3 PASSION & PURPOSE 4 YOU MATTER 5 THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS 6 SUSTAINABILITY & SCALABILITY 7 THE PLACE FOR RELEVANT JUDAISM 8 PROGRAMS SURF THERAPY 10 MIND BODY LIVING 10 RUN TO SAVE A SOUL 11 SONDRA & MARVIN SMALLEY MUSIC IN RECOVERY 13 PARTNERS IN PREVENTION 14 FREEDOM SONG 15 SUSAN & LEONARD NIMOY CAREER CENTER 16 BTS COMMUNICATIONS 17 ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING 18 RIGHT ACTION GAMBLING 18 RAISING NEW GENERATIONS OF THERAPISTS 19 THE ELAINE BRESLOW FAMILY PROGRAM 20 BTS THRIFT BOUTIQUE 21 LEVELS OF CARE 22 ACHIEVEMENTS & ACCOMPLISHMENTS 23 STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES 24 PERFORMANCE & RESULTS 25 BOARD MEMBERS / STAFF 26 FOUNDATIONS / CORPORATE SPONSORS 27
PHILOSOPHY MISSION VISION
OUR PHILOSOPHY Addiction is a symptom of divided self; an unhealthy dependence on substances or compulsive activities to provide a temporary sense of wholeness and well-being. Through a community rooted in the spiritual principles of Judaism, authenticity, and transparency, Beit T’Shuvah members are taught to live in concert with their own inner value, dignity, and Kedusha – Holiness. Using both traditional and nontraditional approaches, Beit T’Shuvah believes everyone has the right to redemption, and practices never turning a single soul away due to their inability to pay... allowing for all who wish, to make T’Shuvah.
OUR MISSION Our mission is to help individuals and families in need of healing and recovery to live well, by employing spirituality, psychotherapy, 12 steps and the creative arts. Beit T’Shuvah’s faith-based community integrates the connection to self and others, helping individuals create a sense of belonging and a life of purpose.
OUR VISION Beit T’Shuvah’s vision is to raise a new generation. One in which the paradigm of human understanding shifts, so that families can see each member as autonomous and unique. Helping individuals to live well can penetrate both the incidence of addiction and beyond… to any family who struggles at all. The model, based on authenticity and wholeness, can be applied not solely to treatment centers and family units, but also to any community organization that is willing to look within. The vision is ultimately to be international educators with a curriculum based on how to live well.
PASSION AND PURPOSE Over time we have come to recognize that we offer much more than recovery from addiction. We are providing people the opportunity to “recover their passion and discover their purpose.
wenty-five years ago, I became one of six Jewish Jail Workers locating Jews in prisons, attending to their personal and spiritual needs during their incarceration and helping them reenter society when released. The paradoxical people I was visiting quickly intrigued me. They knew right and compulsively did wrong, had noble intentions and reprehensible actions. They were smart, often generous of spirit, remorseful and ashamed of their behavior; yet, they continually “bit the hand that fed them,” broke the hearts of those who loved them and raped the souls of those who trusted them. They were at war with themselves and destructive to everyone around them. Many struggled with multiple addictions most of their lives. How could such disparate pieces occupy one body? How could I help them to recover and coexist, to integrate action and intention so they could free themselves from their prisons of relapse and recidivism?
Inspired by an article written by Rabbi Dr. Abraham Twersky, psychiatrist and addiction specialist, entitled “Judaism and the 12 Steps,” a vision began to take shape of a home rooted in Judaism, AA and psychotherapy, where people could come to recover their integrity – the ability to integrate intention and action. I called it Beit T’Shuvah, The House of Return. T’shuvah, the promise of transformation and forgiveness, is a daily practice of self-examination and amends similar to the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. It is also a major tenet of Judaism. With FEMA and Jewish Community Foundation funding, Beit T’Shuvah opened its doors in October 1985. Sybil Brand, philanthropist and criminal justice advocate, cut the ribbon. My subsequent partnership with Warren Breslow (the 4
first Chairman of the Beit T’Shuvah Board) and Annette Shapiro (the current President of Beit T’Shuvah) sustained the original vision and grew it beyond any of our imaginings. We grew organically in response to need and quickly outgrew our modest home. Warren and Annette (with a little help from their friends) formed an independent Board of Directors and raised $5 million to purchase and renovate our current home. And now, 12 years later, we have outgrown our current facility and need to expand once again. Thanks to the generosity of Joyce Brandman, we have purchased the building next door and have successfully raised over $8 million to renovate the space for offices and meeting rooms. Our goal for this capital campaign is $25 million. Miracles continue to happen at Beit T’Shuvah and the number of people needing treatment is increasing. Our budget increases accordingly. With strong community support and funding, we will continue to help people “recover their passion and discover their purpose” and never have to turn anyone away because they are unable to pay!
Harriet Rossetto Founder and CEO
YOU MATTER At Beit T’Shuvah we teach our residents through our own right actions that they matter. We help them discover their true purpose and encourage them to claim and embrace their authenticity with passion.
iving well is a struggle. For many of us, just defining living well is daunting. One definition is having what I want and enjoying life. Another is wanting what I have and enjoying life. Still another is having fame and fortune. Living well, according to Spiritual traditions is wanting what I have, living joyously through the agonies, ecstasies and in-betweens of life. To do this, I have to live authentically. This is one of the hardest principles for most of us to live! I am still searching for what is authentic in my life, who I really am and how to practice authenticity in a world filled with falseness.
I know in my soul and in my being that I live better when I am being authentic and I know that my life is easier when I live according to what others want. Yet, every time I engage in deception and falseness, my life comes apart at the seams! I am totally confused some days as to which way of being is running the show.
etc. is the path to a good life’. A spiritual discipline says that life is not hopeless. These rebellions stand for principles. What principle does your rebellion stand for? At Beit T’Shuvah we teach our residents through our own right actions that they matter. We help them discover their true purpose and encourage them to claim and embrace their authenticity with passion. By doing that we get to live authentically and continue our own return and repentance.
Rabbi Mark Borovitz Spiritual Leader
I want to live well. I lived badly for many years and caused much trauma and pain to the people I love and to the world. Was that authentic? I see many people who are trying to live according to how the world says they should and/or how the world says they shouldn’t. I am always confronted with the statement, “This is the real me, take it or leave it.” Yet, is it the “real” person? Conformity, in our society, is doing what everyone else is doing just because they are doing it, like ‘keeping up with the Joneses. Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, etc. were all originally rebellions. Alcoholics Anonymous is a rebellion. All of these and the rest of the spiritual disciplines say that living a life of service, compassion, healing, love and truth is the real path to living a good life. This is against what society says. Society is saying that the right house, job, car, mate, bank account, 5
THE SECRET TO OUR SUCCESS More space is needed, more staff is needed, and as we enter 2013 we are expanding our treatment and residential facilities in order to meet the growing needs of our community.
his year I began my position as President of Beit T’Shuvah and welcomd Dr. Bill Resnick as Chairman of the Board. I will be serving as the first President of Beit T’Shuvah, a position that has been created to provide continuity as we move forward. Bill and I will share the responsibility of guiding BTS to even greater success.
I am deeply grateful to each of you for making our mission possible through your continued financial support. We remain the only recovery house in the United States delivering a unique blend of Jewish spirituality, the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and traditional psychotherapy. My involvement began when Beit T’Shuvah was a small homeless shelter on Lake Street. These past 15 years, I have personally experienced the growth and success of our institution, and witnessed many miracles of men and women who have transformed their lives. Their success helps to overcome the shame and stigma of addiction. The more we learn about addiction to substances and behaviors, the more we realize that during these difficult times, obsessive and compulsive behaviors take many people on a path of destruction. Recognizing this growing need in our community, we have stepped up the level of programs and services, knowing that our actions will be met by your continued generosity. Supporting our growth requires expansion of our programs and services. Carrying the message of recovery to more people around the United States requires additional professional and lay help. More space and staff is required to meet the growing needs of our community. As you know, the promise of Beit T’Shuvah is to serve anyone in need. Our income sustainability and scalability depends on your 6
generous contributions and those from our community and business outreach campaigns. Today, our purpose remains the same: To provide residents with the skills they need to return to society with direction and purpose. As the President for 2012-2013, I will continue to carry on the tradition that began twenty-five years ago, reaching out to those in need of our service, and spreading the knowledge and power of the recovered spirit.
Annette Shapiro President of Beit T’Shuvah
SUSTAINABILITY AND SCALABILITY I am deeply committed to ensuring that Beit T’Shuvah has and will always have the resources required to provide services to all who seek it regardless of their ability to pay.
eit T’Shuvah is the only place of its kind in the world. Part rehab, part synagogue, part 12-Step meeting and part extended family, it is a Jewish faith center where broken souls become whole and misfits find acceptance.
More than anything else, however, Beit T’Shuvah is a community. The existence and participation of the community is a big part of the healing process for those who seek treatment here. For residents, volunteers, staff, trainees, donors, and congregants alike, having a community where one can both contribute and feel engaged is the very thing that makes Beit T’Shuvah uniquely special and successful.
We continue to integrate a variety of modalities -- tailoring treatment to each individual -- but the through-line is community. I invite you to join me and be an integral part of the Beit T’Shuvah community.
Bill Resnick, M.D. Chairman, Board of Directors
I have been blessed to be a part of this incredible organization both as a volunteer and mentor, helping to guide our growing staff, and as an active board member. As Annette Shapiro steps into her role as first-ever President of Beit T’Shuvah, it is with great honor that I follow in her footsteps as Chairman of the Board for 2012-2013. I am grateful for the inspired path forged by the powerhouse chairmen that have preceded me: Warren Breslow, Nancy Mishkin, and Annette, all of whom remain active on the board today. Beit T’Shuvah continues to benefit from the energy, time and talent that they and the rest of the board give - and my life is enriched by the friendships I have with my generous and compassionate fellow board members. As Chairman, I am deeply committed to expanding our services to the residents and overseeing the growth of the Beit T’Shuvah community, including developing a more active alumni group and welcoming in new congregants, volunteers, trainees, and staff. The physical need for expansion is great; thankfully, we are bursting at the seams with people and services. With more space, Beit T’Shuvah will be able to leave a greater footprint on the recovery and Jewish communities.
THE PLACE FOR RELEVANT JUDAISM Our brand of Judaism involves the whole person, the whole resident community and the larger Jewish Community.
rom a tent on Lake Street, Beit T’Shuvah has grown to become a Jewish spiritual force in Los Angeles and beyond. Each Friday night over 300 people come together to celebrate Shabbat. Our Temple membership has surpassed 250 families, we have 120 residents and for the High Holy Days more than 800 members of the greater community joined our services. WHY?
Relevant Judaism teaches us to have as passionate an understanding of the rights and needs of others as we do of our own rights and needs. We use “sacrifice” to draw nearer to God and others and our own authenticity. Relevant Judaism is a practice of talent with dedication, aptitude in our vocation and spiritual dignity. Spiritual dignity is the attachment of our souls to a goal greater than us.
We are attractive because we are practicing Relevant Judaism. Relevant Judaism is a term that we are using to denote how living Jewishly enhances our spirituality and our joie de vivre. It is being immersed in the text and in our rich tradition. We do this by looking at text and traditions with critical thinking, the context of the situation/story/mitzvah and the lessons for us to use in our lives today.
Beit T’Shuvah is a spiritual force in Los Angeles and the world because of your dedication and belief in us. It is a testament to the men and women who live here, work here, the men and women who are our alumni, to the Board of Directors, and the families and community members of Beit T’Shuvah. Our place at the table is also a testament to the Rabbis and Clergy of Los Angeles and the country which embraces our message of inclusiveness, compassion, justice, love and truth.
Our brand of Judaism involves the whole person, the whole resident community and the larger Jewish Community. We have been spreading this message through Rabbi’s book, The Holy Thief, our musically centered services, our spiritual groups, our daily Torah study and our Prevention Program. The message is that Judaism is a path of life that embraces all of us. As Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel says: “The Mitzvot disclose the Divine in us.” This message and way of being infuses everything that happens at Beit T’Shuvah. We teach, practice and live a life that honors the “sublime wonder of living,” as Rabbi Heschel teaches us. In fact, Relevant Judaism suggests that self-effacement is not the goal of life. 8
SURF THERAPY The relationship between surfing and a spiritual state of mind is complementary. They evolve in unison. Numerous times the “beginner” surfer can make the transition from rigidness and finite thinking to a sense of outer awareness. We at Beit T’Shuvah believe the power of the waves and the board’s flow is a manifestation of one’s commitment to living life with meaning and direction. Though the concept may be a bit deep for some to grasp by reading these words, spend a few hours with us and experience the gift for yourself.
MIND BODY LIVING Human beings have always suffered from various kinds of diseases—physical, emotional and mental. DNA, environmental pollution, mental stress, traumas and the journey of life itself make people susceptible to disease, yet the emphasis on health, wellness and prevention has long taken a back step. This is especially true in the field of complicated chronic diseases, addictions and mental health issues where effective western drugs and treatment protocols have been found to have a low success rate in recovery. At the same time, evidenced-based research has led to the acceptance and validation of Eastern Medicine modalities as a highly effective aid to the journey of recovery. At Beit T’Shuvah, we have been working diligently through the years to develop a comprehensive 10
“SURFING IS A TANGIBLE MEDITATIO YOU—MIND, BODY, AND SOUL—TO SO FOR THAT BRIEF MOMENT IN LIFE, Y EXTERNAL AND LIVING COMPLETELY -ZACHARY FETTERS / BTS STAFF program where we view each resident as a whole. We have designed treatments to integrate body, mind and spirit modalities to assist in our result-bearing recovery. In doing so, we provide the tools that include yoga, fitness meditation, nutrition and acupuncture for healthy living with the awareness that the years of addiction have left a mark on the physical health of the individual, as well as her or his emotional and mental states. We continue to integrate, nurture and foster the Mind/Body/Living component in order to help heal, educate and provide the tools, practice and support to help those on their journey to recovery—as well as to better the quality of their lives. “Beit T’Shuvah offers such a wide variety of therapeutic activities to take advantage of. I was given the freedom to find healthy outlets that I enjoy and by implementing those practices in my daily life I am able to feel whole again.” -Fanya Cohen, Former BTS Resident
ON. THE EXPERIENCE CONNECTS RUN TO SAVE A SOUL promotes health in the mind, body and OMETHING BIGGER THAN YOURSELF. Running soul. It also helps people cope with depression and the rollercoaster ride of emotions of early recovery. YOU ARE FREE FROM EVERYTHING Starting in 2010, Beit T’Shuvah has campaigned a team of runners in the LA Marathon. Consisting of LY IN THE MOMENT.” staff, alumni, residents and supporters, Team Beit T’Shuvah embarks on this monumental athletic effort to help raise awareness and funds for the large percentage of Beit T’Shuvah residents who can’t afford treatment. The “Run to Save a Soul” campaign demonstrates the ability of those who have battled addiction not only to recover, but also to thrive.
“Standing on the sidelines last year, cheering on the Beit T’Shuvah runners, I finally realized where I was at and how much my addiction had taken from me. Athletics had always been a foundation in my life and watching other people run past me was my absolute bottom. That was the worst I had ever felt in my life. Today I am running the 2011 LA Marathon!” -Craig Miller, Former Resident, Director of Maintenance & BTS Team Coach
THE SONDRA & MARVIN SMALLEY MUSIC PROGRAM Music has the ability to penetrate straight to the soul. In an instant it can transport emotions to joy, awe, hope, brilliance, sadness or even deep mourning. It has the power to uplift us to a place that many can only relate as being closer to God. When one plays music or sings, it allows the listener to see a glimpse into that person’s soul, and to see a part of a person that no words or conversation can convey. Some residents have used drugs and alcohol for so long that they have separated themselves from their souls and who they are authentically. This all seems to diminish when they sing or play in the band or in the choir. The music is so real it is actually tangible. It seems to wake them up to themselves. This program helps our residents rediscover who they are, or who they used to be before their addiction took over. Learning to play and create music alone or with others has been a large part of their recovery. “I will always be indebted to the Smalley family for endowing this important recovery program… their contribution made it possible for thousands to recover their essence and celebrate true Jewish revival through music” -Laura Bagish, Choir Director 13
PARTNERS IN PREVENTION “We are grateful to be part of such an amazing organization that allows us to carry the message of recovery and Relevant Judaism to younger generations in small and large cities alike.” -Doug Rosen, Prevention Director
If Relevant Judaism can help individuals recover from addictive and self-destructive behaviors, why can’t it be just as useful in preventing them? In a culture where teens must cope with peer, media, and family pressures to “look good” and achieve material success, the soul is often neglected. We believe the antidote to this “hole-in-the soul” is Judaism. Partners In Prevention (PIP) is a program which utilizes the path of Judaism to promote selfacceptance, self-worth, spiritual values and family harmony. PIP differs from other programs in that it does not focus on drug-education but rather the underlying “spiritual maladies” that lead today’s youth toward risky behaviors. It focuses on teaching spiritual tools to cope with daily stress and anxiety. The continuous positive feedback this program receives from teens that have experienced the impact of our innovative program underscores its importance. In high school sessions all over the United States, students approach our residents after each program and openly share their battle with drugs and alcohol. We often hear that this type of intervention motivated young men and women to seek help and change their unhealthy lifestyle and behaviors. School teachers and principals are taken aback by the amount of positive feedback from both students and parents that are touched by the stories and teachings they have heard.
FREEDOM SONG At Beit T’Shuvah, we encourage each and every resident and community member to recover their passion and discover their purpose. Freedom Song helps residents get in touch with their authentic selves and take the necessary action to practice passion with purpose. Freedom Song is an original musical that highlights the historical universality of the struggle to free oneself from external oppression and internal bondage that addiction often brings. The play shows the parallels between a modern family Seder and a 12-step meeting, and it forces the audience to take a look within themselves instead of pointing the finger at everyone else. It tells the “out of Egypt” story in a compelling and authentic voice that empowers the audience to reach deeper within themselves and identify.
what religion they practice and despite any façade of “normalcy.” “If Freedom Song inspires one person to change his/ her life, the cast has accomplished its mission”. -Jessica Fishel, Freedom Song Coordinator
One of our residents, a Freedom Song cast member, recently received a message from an attendee who saw a performance in Minneapolis. The message said, “I don’t know if you remember me but I thought you might like to know a few things…your show inspired me greatly, I went to treatment about a month after I hung out with you guys and now I have 60 days of sobriety.” The message sums up the impact that Freedom Song has on every audience it touches and the difference it can make in a person’s life. A poignant implication of Freedom Song is that addiction can happen in every family, no matter 15
SUSAN & LEONARD NIMOY CAREER CENTER Having a place to go every day, having a purpose can be critical in staying sober. At the Susan & Leonard Nimoy Career Center at Beit T’Shuvah, residents have the opportunity to take a career assessment that enables them to learn about their career interests and how their personality can best fit with the right occupation. The Susan & Leonard Nimoy Career Center staff assists with resume building and coaching techniques–a “how to” in answering some of the more difficult questions asked during the interview process. The career center has been fortunate to be assisted by the Department of Rehabilitation, giving residents the opportunity to take advantage of having their school and books paid for. This allows them to continue their education so that they can excel and grow in their field of choice. “The Susan & Leonard Nimoy Career Center at Beit T’Shuvah has been essential to my recovery and I am so grateful for all the services they provide. They ultimately got me a job in a field that I am very passionate about.” -Alison Goldberg, Career Counselor 16
“BTS Communications is more than a job, it was more than an internship--it was the place that taught me how to show up for my own life.” --Josh Silver, BTS Staff
What started as a one-man in-house graphics service has now expanded to an advertising agency providing design, advertising and social media expertise to other non-profits and for-profit businesses. BTS Communications’ unique approach uses an advertising agency business model as a vocational training program for its interns. Beit T’Shuvah residents who have a passion and talent in the fields of copywriting, graphic design, post-production, and social media marketing are the force behind BTS Communications. A key mission of BTS Communications is to help prepare interns, within 6-9 months, to develop the professional skills and confidence to pursue careers in the upwardly mobile and growing fields that comprise the marketing industry. We consider BTS Communications not only an ad agency but also a teaching organization, educating interns in how to help businesses communicate, advertise and market. BTS Communications has put in place a professional staff to provide interns with hands-on education and mentoring. Currently BTS Communications has nine staff members, six interns, and is guided by the help of external advertising
and marketing experts including Russell Kern and Adlai Wertman. Clients choosing to work with BTS Communications receive top quality creative work while participating in the development of highly talented creative people who are unleashing their passion and reinforcing their recovery. Our handpicked team works under the close supervision of John Sullivan, Creative Director. We collaborate to craft innovative and cost effective creative services for our growing customer base. The faith and support of our grant benefactors, The Jewish Community Foundation and the Erwin Rautenberg Foundation, have enabled us to continue providing intern education and large agency creative services at small agency price tags. In turn, we are able to help small and medium non- and for profit organizations achieve their marketing objectives. But BTS Communications is much more than a great business idea. It is an extension of the Beit T’Shuvah spirit, helping those who are lost recover their passion and discover their purpose.
RIGHT ACTION GAMBLING PROGRAM
True to the mission of CEO and founder Harriet Rossetto, Beit T’Shuvah sets aside as many as 25% of its beds for people with addiction problems who have legal issues or who were recently released from correctional institutions. Alternative Sentencing Coordinator Carrie Newman and her staff conduct interviews and assessments with each potential resident to determine their program eligibility. Qualified participants can serve some or all of their time at Beit T’Shuvah to break their cycle of addiction as an alternative to sitting in a cell for their drug and alcohol-related crimes.
Addiction affects lives in so many ways. Compulsive gambling affects the brain in the same way as any other addiction and should be treated as such.
They also provide visitation for Jewish inmates within the state prison system as well as Los Angeles County Jail, offering spiritual guidance, addiction counseling and a connection or re-connection to Judaism’s ancient traditions. For those serving lengthier sentences, the staff acts as a bridge connecting Jewish inmates to Jewish traditions and the Jewish recovery community through personal visits and correspondence. This process helps humanize clients in the face of the justice system— during the sentencing process, reminding the judge, jury, and prosecutors that each person has a soul, and is worthy of redemption. “Our job is to remind the players in the criminal justice system that each person has a soul and a unique story, and sometimes our job is to tell the story of that soul.” -Carrie Newman, Alternative Sentencing Coordinator 18
Our mission here at Beit T’Shuvah is to bring as many souls as possible back to discover their passion and purpose through an integration of body, mind, and spirit. At Beit T’Shuvah we are fully aware of the horrors of the gambling compulsion. Beit T’Shuvah is the only residential/intensive outpatient program in the state of California that offers a comprehensive program for problem gamblers. Chosen by the California Office for Problem Gambling, and in partnership with the UCLA Gambling Studies program, we offer a wide array of options such as Certified Gambling Therapists, daily groups and most important of all: spiritual healing. A major part of the program here at Beit T’Shuvah is community-comfort and support through bonds with the community and peers. The problem gambler no longer has to feel the isolation and incomprehensible demoralization of their addiction. Our in-house Gamblers Anonymous and Criminal Gang Members Anonymous meetings offer hope for the problem gambler to recover.
RAISING NEW GENERATIONS OF THERAPISTS Following a mode of thinking that is deeply rooted in spiritual traditions and recovery programs, there is no “one size fits all” philosophy at Beit T’Shuvah. Our clinical staff is encouraged to embrace their individuality; they are all truly one of a kind. They bring all of themselves to their work and they embrace all manner of psychotherapeutic orientations, from intensely cognitive to deeply psychodynamic. This has allowed them to serve each client’s individual needs. We are all different and yet we are who we are. That is Beit T’Shuvah and that is what our clinical training program represents.
“The part of my soul that still needs cultivating, the wounds that still need processing. This program makes me a much better therapist, husband and father.” -Dr. Evan Shapiro, Beit T’Shuvah Clinical Therapist
There is an unceasing emphasis at Beit T’Shuvah to acknowledge and even relish one’s own “stuff,” and it works for both the client and the therapist. It brings awareness to our staff that translates to their work with our clients. They are treated with professional respect and are given the personal freedom to create an experience that best suits their needs. They are trusted to create their own schedules, to foster their professional and private lives as they see fit.
THE ELAINE BRESLOW FAMILY PROGRAM The Elaine Breslow Family Program at Beit T’Shuvah is a crucial part of our treatment and recovery process plan. Run by our trained clinical facilitators, the program offers comprehensive services for the individuals and their family that include individual therapy, family therapy, family group therapy, education programs, and support groups. Our three-pronged program is designed to help families identify unhealthy patterns in the family dynamic, learn the language and terminology that is useful for healthier communication, and find support and expression in the shared experience of similar families. Beginning with the six-week Family Education Program, families are provided with an entrée into treatment as their loved ones enter treatment. A dynamic curriculum aids families in making strategic changes and understanding the family system and the disease of addiction. This is followed by Family Process Groups (there are three available) in which families are encouraged to meet weekly and express, vent, and communicate their feelings in a safe, therapeutic environment. Lastly, our weekly Family Support Group allows families at any stage to stay connected and involved, while reinforcing
the positive messages and mechanisms learned through the program. Most importantly, it provides the vital mutual support for families as they heal from the devastation of addiction.
“Going through the family program allowed me to realize what my child was going through. I learned tools to be a more supportive parent.” -Beth Adel, Parent
THE BTS THRIFT BOUTIQUE Our thrift store began over eight years ago under the leadership of our former board member, Hal Wiseman. It was Hal’s vision to create a space where residents from Beit T’Shuvah could work, learn new skills, and ultimately help themselves to recover their passions and discover their purpose. Today, that vision is a reality. Every month, our stores provide job training and workforce reentry skill development to 25 members from the Beit T’Shuvah community. These residents collectively work in our offices, on our delivery trucks and in our stores. Furthermore, the revenue we have been able to generate through our stores helps cover 15% of Beit T’Shuvah’s yearly budget. It is simply amazing how one donation, whether a piece of furniture or article of clothing, has a life-saving impact on the residents we serve. We continue to honor the vision set forth by Hal, while looking to our expanding future. In congruence with the new strategic vision underway at Beit T’Shuvah, we made a decision to change our name from the Hal Wiseman House of Return to unify our social endeavors under one name, the BTS Thrift Boutique.
store under the BTS moniker helps us connect with Hal’s vision by aligning the thrift store more closely with Beit T’Shuvah’s (BTS) mission and other ventures, including BTS Communications. We believe that a thrift store should be more than a fundraising mechanism – it should be a place of learning, development and transition; a place where residents can work on themselves while serving a greater good; and a place where job training and sober living are not mutually exclusive goals. If 2011 represented the year of change for the BTS Thrift Boutique, 2012 will be known for growth and impact, with an increased emphasis on donations, sales and training opportunities. But for all these exciting changes underway, the BTS Thrift Boutique is still the SAME GREAT STORE, benefiting the SAME GREAT CHARITY, and supporting the recovery of the SAME GREAT SOULS AT BEIT T’SHUVAH.
With the blessing of Hal’s son, Brad, and the entirety of the Beit T’Shuvah board, the renaming of the
LEVELS OF CARE PRIMARY TREATMENT
Beit T’Shuvah’s integrated faith-based model of recovery including individual and group counseling, therapy, spiritual counseling, Jewish services, career counseling and training, and mind/body healing therapy.
The Sober Living program is open to individuals with over four months of recovery. Residents resume work and pay rent while still participating in therapy, Torah Study, and 12step meetings. Located on a separate floor of Beit T’Shuvah campus, residents of this community-within-acommunity enjoy autonomy while still having the healing presence of the greater Beit T’Shuvah community and the option of participating in community activities.
Off-campus apartments and a recently opened housing complex, is available to graduates of the Beit T’Shuvah program. Residents are encouraged to make the transition back into society by living in off campus facilities, paying rent, managing their own work and social lives, while still living among people of the sober community.
Day patient treatment is tailored to fit each individual’s needs. Care ranges from individual weekly sessions to full participation in daily groups, individual therapy, Shabbat services and Torah study. Individuals are admitted to day-patient treatment at staff’s discretion.
Recovery from addiction is a life-long process that requires constant vigilance. Ironically, risk of relapse for the addict is greatest when he achieves his goals and appears to be thriving. A huge part of their recovery is the community at Beit T’Shuvah. That community continues to be a resource to them beyond graduation in the form of weekly services, celebrating sobriety birthdays, and annual alumni events and offerings.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS 76,000
People have experienced spiritual uplifting from our original musical, Freedom Song.
People have been infused with the spirit and love of Judaism through our weekly and holiday services.
Inmates in jail received emotional, spiritual and advocacy services.
Addicted adults received room, board and integrated faith-based Jewish recovery services including individual, group and spiritual counseling.
Outpatient clients have been helped with their recovery from various addictions.
Non-addicted people who struggle with life have been helped through our counseling services.
Family members have learned new ways of dealing with their â€œaddictâ€? and themselves in order to live in healthy relationships.
STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES
For the year ended June 30, 2012 with comparative totals for the year ended June 30, 2011 2012
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PERFORMANCE AND RESULTS
We are grateful to have become stronger during the 2011-2012 fiscal year notwithstanding the continued economic uncertainties, enabling Beit Tâ€™Shuvah to share the gifts of recovery with a growing number of constituents across the United States. We are grateful to report that based on the generosity of our donors, we were able to enhance our financial strenth and flexibility and increase our unrestricted revenue by $2.3 million above 2010-2011 levels. Total contributions increased some $1.9 million. This, combined with a remarkably strong bottom line, made it possible for us to provide 150 people with free care at a total cost of $2,940,000. Our strong performance would not have been possible without the support of our donors, friends, alumni and staff.
Programs Revenue $3.5 mm Contributions Revenue $3.8 mm
Investment Gains & Losses $0.6 mm Capital Campaign $3.0 mm
Programs Funding $6.0 mm
Management Expenses $0.5 mm Fund Raising Expenses $0.7 mm
BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF PROFESSIONAL STAFF BOARD MEMBERS
Dr. Bill Resnick, Chair Annette Shapiro, President Lynn Bider Joyce Brandman Warren Breslow, Chairperson Emeritus Emily Corleto Samuel Delug David Elston Jon Esformes John Fishel Mel Gagerman Jeffrey Glassman Robert Gluckstein Carolyn Gold Beverly Gruber Salli Harris Roberta Holland Russell Kern Dr. Susan Krevoy Diane Licht Virginia Maas Bradley H. Mindlin Nancy Mishkin, Chairperson Emeritus Donald S. Passman Joan Praver Ed Praver Heidi Praw Avi Reichental David Ruderman Richard Schulman Ronnie Stabler Lisi Teller Brad Wiseman Hal Wiseman* Robert Wiviott Jill Black Zalben * Deceased
HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS Sheldon Appel Donald J. Berghoff Robert Felixson* Herb Gelfand Brindell Gottlieb Blair Belcher Kohan Shelley Kozek Chuck Maltz Cheri Morgan Mike Nissenson Jan Rosen Craig Taubman Greg Vilkin Dr. Howard Wallach*
Harriet Rossetto, LCSW / CEO Rabbi Mark Borovitz / COO
Nina Haller, Esq. / Director Stephanie Cullen / Development Coordinator Barbara Friedman, MA, MBA / Development Events Coordinator Lexy Nolte / Development Assistant
Jon Heller / Tech Daryn Fond / Tech Jennifer Gendel / Tech David Vaknine/Tech Ben Speilberg / Neurofeedback Specialist
RIGHT ACTION GAMBLING PROGRAM Adan Fugfugosh / Program Coordinator
PARTNERS IN PREVENTION CONGREGATION BEIT T’SHUVAH
Alison Ditlove / Executive Director, Temple and Auxiliary Programs Yeshaia Blakeney / Spiritual Advisor Cantor Rachel Goldman Neubauer / Spiritual Advisor Cantor Shira Fox / Spiritual Advisor Matt Shapiro/Spiritual Advisor Shira Freidlin / Spiritual Director Adam Siegel / Spiritual Director Rabbi Dalia Samansky / Spiritual Advisor Rabbi Gavriel Hershoff / Spiritual Advisor Jessica Shafrin / Rabbinic Intern James Fuchs / Artistic Director
THE SONDRA AND MARVIN SMALLEY MUSIC PROGRAM Laura Bagish / Music Program Director Aaron Delug / Music Program Staff Joseph Trop-Zell/ Audio and Visual
Kathy Marks, MA, MFT / Clinical Director Rebecca Praw / Director, Elaine Breslow Institute for the Whole Family Brandon Berry / Men’s Program Coordinator Nessa Feinstein / Women’s Program Coordinator Martin Snyder / Clinical Administrator Harold Rothstein / Intake Director Jennifer Damon / Intake Assistant Dana Hill / Counseling Shift Supervisor Hilary Anzalone / Counselor Kate Bastida / Counselor Alicia Brandt / Counselor Yael Landa / Counselor Ashley Nahai / Counselor Ellen Poyer / Counselor Inga Roizman / Counselor Mark Kessler / Counselor Diana Margulies/ Tech Kelly Mulligan / Counselor Don Owen / Counselor Ira Skolky / Counselor Zach Steel / Counselor Dean Steinberg / Counselor Lance Wright / Counselor David Baer / Tech
Doug Rosen, MFT / Director Jessica Fishel / Assistant Director Gavriela Applebaum / Prevention Assistant Michael Soter / Prevention Assistant Nicole Goodman / Prevention Assistant
Carrie Newman / Alternative Sentencing Coordinator Rachel Meniane / Assistant Coordinator Janet Markowitz/ Assistant
THE ELAINE BRESLOW FAMILY PROGRAM Adam Mindel / Director
Lon Levin / President
John Sullivan / Creative Director Kendl Ferencz / Senior Graphics Designer Eliana Katz Rosenblatt / Senior Project Manager Susan Campbell / Assistant Project Manager Josh Silver / Copywriter Justin Rosenberg / Photographer and Videographer Wendy North/ Account Manager
PUBLIC RELATIONS Fanya Cohen/Director
SUSAN AND LEONARD NIMOY CAREER CENTER Alison Goldberg, M.S. / Career Services Director
Jeanne Kahn / Controller Gela Katrikh-Tsyrlina / Senior Accountant
Craig Miller / Maintenance Director Aryeh Schuler / Assistant Russell Harrison /Assistant
Rod Moses / Chef Cassandra Kaminski / Assistant
FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATE SPONSORS FOUNDATION DONATIONS
The Ahmanson Foundation Sheldon and Carol Appel Family Foundation Bider Family Foundation The Stanley & Joyce Black Family Foundation The David Bohnett Foundation The Otis Booth Foundation The Saul Brandman Foundation Brotman Foundation Chevra Chai Charitable Foundation Covenant Foundation Dreiseszun Family Foundation Erwin Rautenberg Foundation Sanford M. Gage Foundation Galen Family Foundation Gang, Tyre, Ramer & Brown Charity Fund David Geffen Foundation The Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation Gold Family Foundation The Goldrich Family Foundation The Goldsmith Family Foundation The H & S Foundation Harris Family Foundation The Morris A. Hazan Family Foundation Hitter Family Foundation Jewish Community Foundation Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles Jim Joseph Foundation The Karsh Family Foundation Louis & Clara Kennedy Family Foundation Kissick Family Foundation Allen D. Kohl Charitable Foundation, Inc. The Libitzky Family Foundation The Morris P. Liebovitz Foundation B.N. Maltz Foundation Marcia Israel Foundation The Maurice Marciano Family Foundation Max Webb Foundation The Milken Family Foundation The Milstein Family Foundation Muskin Family Foundation Needham Foundation Trust Ornest Family Foundation The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation Resnick Family Foundation, Inc. Robbins Family Foundation Ruby Family Foundation The Mark Schulman & Esther Schulman Foundation Shapell Guerin Family Foundation The Sidney, Milton and Leoma Simon Foundation (Florida) Alan B. Slifka Foundation Snyder Family Foundation The Donald T. Sterling Charitable Foundation
Steven C. Gordon Family Foundation Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation The Buddy Taub Foundation The Annenberg Foundation The David Geffen Foundation The Donald E. Simon Foundation The Steven and Ilyse Teller Charitable Foundation Wallis Foundation Warren and Elaine Breslow Family Foundation Weiss Family Foundation Wells Fargo Foundation Witherbee Foundation Ziegler Family Trust
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NBC Entertainment Network For Good NOS Communications Inc. NSBN PayPal Pringle, Inc. The Real Estate Principals Organization SGD Enterprises Shady Records Showtime Networks INC. Snyder Diamond Sony Music Entertainment Sun-Lite Metals, Inc. Thrifty Oil Co. Topson Downs of California, Inc. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. Union Bank United Talent Agency Universal Media Studios Universal Music Group, Inc. Warner Bros. Entertainment William Morris Agency Ziffren, Brittenham, Branca, Fischer
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