A Place To Start Life Fresh
House of Hope provides a safe, clean and sober, nurturing environment for substance-abusing women. Our mission is to help women to regain their dignity and learn how to live without alcohol and drugs.
We at House of Hope know that substance abuse, the interactive disease of alcoholism and drug addiction, can never be cured. We know that the disease can be arrested, given time with an encouraging environment, educational tools, knowledgeable support groups and, most importantly, the women’s sincere desire to change her life.
Gloria McKee established the original House of Hope at her home in Long Beach, CA.
Helen Gilbert found the house in San Pedro, which would become today's Main House. With the help of countless others funds were raised to purchase it.
Welbourn House on 9th Street, named for its benefactor, Dotha, was aquired. It used today as Independant Living for HoH graduates. In 1999 the board of Directors approved the appointment of Dotha as Board Member Emeritus.
House of Hope bought its first Sober Living facility on 10th Street. It was later named McMillen House when the McMillen Family Foundation generously retired the mortgage. www.mcmillenfamilyfoundation.org
Through the diligent negotiation of Bill Johnson and with the financial help of the Admas Family Foundation, House of Hope aquired the liquor store adjacent to the Main House. Bill Johnson and Sheila Lynch led a team of volenteers in the conversion of this building to the executive offices, coimputer lab and meeting/classrooms of today's Adams Center.
House of Hope purchased another property on Palos Verdes Street, which is now used for both Sober Living and Primary Phase II. The Mary Lou House is named for Bill and Mary Lou Steinmetz who were instrumental in paying off its mortgage.
The "Main House" in San Pedro
The lovely “Main House” of House of Hope Foundation was first owned by a saloonkeeper and is located on what was known as “Saloon Keepers Row” in the historic San Pedro Vinegar Hill District. A hitching post from the early horse and buggy days is still present at the front of the house. The house was sold to Dr. William Guidinger, who founded San Pedro Peninsula Hospital. Dr. Guidinger converted the cottages adjacent to the Main House to “birthing cottages” for unwed mothers. How ironic that this house and the cottages are where women recovering from alcohol and/or substance abuse make their start in the House of Hope treatment program. We are proud to be part of the legacy of this beautiful historic house.
Also ironic is that the adjacent building was converted from a bar to a liquor store before being purchased by House of Hope and transformed yet again. It houses a large meeting room for educational groups, a computer lab, and the administrative offices.
Talk about re-purposing! What incredible changes over time for this property. This is what we have seen in the lives of countless women who have crossed the threshold at House of Hope.