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Los Angeles-based Awakening Recovery has a new name for its recovery home for men — the Daly House.
The name-change was announced in late March and happened due to a generous gift from the Daly family, backed by iconic industry executive Robert A. Daly, who led Warner Bros., Warner Music Group, CBS and the Los Angeles Dodgers, and his son Robert A. Daly Jr., who serves as founding board president of Awakening Recovery.
The home, located south of Beverly Hills, had been leased to the nonprofit since they launched in July 2016. In addition to the home, the Dalys pledged at the end of 2020 to donate $200,000 a year for five years to support Awakening Recovery’s work, which will expand to include a recovery home for women, per David van der Velde, co-founder and executive director of Awakening Recovery.
“Now that we own the house versus leasing it, it strengthens our long-term sustainability and provides a great opportunity for us to attract additional grants and foundations, especially as we look toward expanding with a women’s house in the near future,” he added. The program focuses on long-term, 12-step-based recovery.
Since opening doors, Awakening Recovery has helped more than 100 men, reporting a success rate between 80-90 percent. The home, which currently has a waiting list, can house 18 men at a time.
The work Awakening Recovery does is more necessary than ever, explains van der Velde. “The CDC says fentanyl-related deaths in the U.S. were up 27 percent over the past year and the need for recovery homes like Awakening Recovery’s Daly House have never been more dire. Many of Awakening Recovery’s residents are poly-substance opioid addicts and come into the Daly House having been periodically or chronically homeless, looking for an alternative to incarceration, experiencing mental health issues, and in any event, lacking basic resources due to their active drug and alcohol addiction. Awakening Recovery provides vital relief not only to our residents, but to the severe strain the pandemic has inflicted on public health, housing and social services systems.”
A version of this story first appeared in the April 7 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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