There are several thousand alumni of The Gooden Center. Hundreds remain active in mentoring new residents and being of service within the recovery community and The Gooden Center. Many donate money to help insure that as many as possible suffering addicts and alcoholics are helped in spite of limited financial resources. When a person is in need of alcohol or drug rehab, cost should not prevent them from getting help.
Since 1962 over 7,000 men have become alumni of our alcohol and drug rehab Los Angeles program. They provide a powerful source of support and encouragement to our clients. Most have a mug on the wall of Bishop Gooden Home. Each mug, inscribed in gold with the person's name and sobriety date, is awarded when the alumnus reaches one year of sobriety. The weekly alumni 12-step meeting is a home group for many alumni who also often sponsor clients. Our alumni community is strong and the deep sense of fraternity many find here while in drug or alcoholism rehab often translates into an abiding loyalty and desire to help others find their way to sobriety. The common bond is a love for Bishop Gooden Home (now part of The Gooden Center) where all entered drug and alcohol rehab at one time. It is where most of them began their journey into sobriety and recovery and where many return to help those new to the program.