Like so many of you, we have spent the last several days and weeks learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world. That means understanding how it affects our employees, residents, and the surrounding community, and then making the necessary adjustments to our work and operations here at the Beacon House.
Keeping our employees and residents safe is our objective that guides us. This has been at the center of our conversations in leadership regarding this health concern. With that in mind, we want to respond to the threat of the coronavirus accordingly.
We are ramping up cleaning services at the Beacon House and have added sanitizing stations throughout the campus so that employees and clients can keep our campus safe.
We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) and LA County Department of Public Health guidelines and recommendations on the steps we can take to help prevent the spread of the virus. We want to reiterate the importance of washing your hands and staying home if you feel sick or are returning from an area of the world identified as posing a coronavirus-related risk. Per CDC recommendations, we will ask employees who have traveled to such locations or have been exposed to others who have traveled to such locations to self-quarantine for 14 days. Consider also social distancing techniques like not shaking hands and sneezing into a tissue or the crook of your arm.
If necessary, we will cancel meetings with large gatherings, again to do what we can to help prevent the spread of the illness.
Public Health continues to recommend that the public do the following to protect themselves and others from respiratory illnesses:
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unclean hands.
- Limit close contact, like kissing and sharing cups or utensils, with people who are sick.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. If you do not have a tissue, use your sleeve (not your hands).
- Facemasks are most effective when used appropriately by health care workers and those directly caring for people who are sick and by people who are sick (source control).
- Get a flu immunization to prevent influenza if you have not done so this season.
Always check with trusted sources for the latest accurate information about novel coronavirus:
Beacon House, Executive Director
WHAT WE DO
The Beacon House is a residential drug and alcohol program for adult men. We are a long term, highly structured, 501c3 non-profit treatment facility founded in 1970.
Men in our primary program receive group and individual counseling, parenting classes, relapse prevention, anger management, drug and alcohol education, social / recreational activities as well as 12 step meetings and education. The Beacon house also offers vocational rehabilitation and sober living for program graduates.
At the Beacon House no one is turned away for lack of funds. We do not accept health insurance however we work on a sliding scale for fees.
A portion of The Beacon House’s funding is by Substance Abuse Prevention and Control (SAPC), a division of County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health.