Beit T'Shuvah, Los Angeles
T'Shuvah Center’s model is based on Beit T'Shuvah in Los Angeles. Beit T'Shuvah opened its doors in 1987 as a program of Gateways Hospital and Mental Health Center. Its mission at the time was to provide transitional living and re-entry services to Jewish men being released from jails and prisons, as a way of breaking the cycle of recidivism.
Overcoming a wide range of addictive behaviors was a core element of the program, and this became the new focus and mission of Beit T’Shuvah when, a little more than 10 years later, it became its own independent agency. What began 30 years ago as a six-bed homeless shelter for ex-offenders, has become a 140-bed residential program where over 4,800 people suffering from the disease of addiction have been treated.