Humanitarian Award recipients Linell and Robert Shapiro have turned a personal tragedy into a public crusade. After the tragic loss of their son Brent to an accidental drug overdose, they founded The Brent Shapiro Foundation in 2005, dedicated to conquering alcohol and drug dependence by turning the fear, grief and helplessness into awareness, compassion and support. The Foundation has opened Brent's Clubs throughout Los Angeles, providing a safe haven for young adults while encouraging them to refrain from drugs and alcohol.
Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, founded in 1951, was the first home in the country for women recovering from substance and alcohol abuse and is a model for recovery homes in the United States and Europe. They have successfully treated thousands of women with a success rate of 76% compared to the hospital average of 35%. For more than 30 years, Executive Director Peggy Albrecht has been the organization's guiding force. She has first-hand knowledge of what it is like to rise from the depths of alcoholism. Her unwavering dedication was recognized in 2013 when Friendly House was formally renamed Peggy Albrecht Friendly House. Peggy Albrecht Friendly House owns two residences overseen by a staff that provides full time supervision and the skills needed for genuine recovery. www.FriendlyHouseLA.org
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