Thank you journalist Bruce Cook, for mentioning NorthEast in the Daily Pilot online!
Find the article below, sourced from: https://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/opinion/tn-dpt-me-crowd-20181120-story.html
NorthEast of the Well, a small but powerful group of O.C. locals joining forces to support fellow residents fighting substance addiction, will gather for a holiday celebration Dec. 15 to spread their message that “lasting recovery requires more than just abstinence.”
“People need to form deep relationships with others, have the opportunity to feel significance and connect with something greater than themselves,” said the organization’s Kristel Miles.
For those unfamiliar, the name of the organization is taken from the New Testament — John, Chapter 4 — describing a woman at a water well encountering Jesus Christ. In the modern era, NorthEast of the Well offers an outreach program affecting some 350 O.C. residents every week in various forms of rehab.
Volunteers visit some 15 county programs and sober residences and provide more than 1,400 meals each month. In addition, the group transports recovery addicts weekly to worship services.
To attend the holiday event or learn more, visit northeastofthewell.org.
We loved being part of the THANK YOU LUNCHEON put on for Women at the Well Auxiliary on November 7. This team worked incredibly hard to make our Fall Gala a huge success! We are so grateful to all who planned, procured, and participated.
PS Women at the Well Auxiliary is led by Heather Re, and we're always looking to grow our group. Contact us to get involved in all the fun for next year!
The 3rd step of AA declares that we have "made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God". An organization called "3rd Step Ministry" holds an annual event to celebrate women who have done just that. A group from NorthEast attended and enjoyed dancing, dinner, worship and prayer. Women were represented from our staff, Anaheim community (discipleship & sober livings), and Long Beach community (Flossie Lewis Recovery). They were blessed by the event, each other's company, and what God does with lives surrendered to HIM.
We recently got to visit the Walter Hoving Home, a sister program to Teen Challenge. They gave us the grand tour and we both shared about our ministries. The Hoving Home is a discipleship program for women 18+ who have been involved in drug addiction, alcoholism, prostitution and other life-controlling problems. It's located in Pasadena in a building formerly known as the Mira Monte Hotel - now housing up to 45 women who have found hope and new life! Photo from left: Shaneen Neag (NE Staff), Sally De Leon (Hoving Staff), Jen Sandoval (NE Staff), and Laura Suk (NE Executive Director).
NEW ADVENTURES! NorthEast of the Well has partnered with an organization called "Changing Strides", which will provide our children with the opportunity to learn, experience, and love horses. 2 of our preteen girls from the NorthEast community have already started lessons, with more to sign up soon. Did you know that equine interaction can help children with stress levels, problem-solving skills, impulse control, confidence-building and empathy? What a gift!
Pictured L to R: Hailey (trainer), Lily and Miss Haylie (NorthEast Staff).