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RESIDENT’s Journey

The Puente House has made a positive difference in the lives of our residents and their families. Here's what our residents had to say...

Meet Genevieve:

“My sobriety date is October 24th, 2016 so I have exactly 365 days today as I write this testimonial. That’s exactly 1 WHOLE YEAR off drugs and alcohol. Imagine that. When I first got introduced to recovery I never thought I could live without abusing drugs and alcohol for a week let alone an entire year sober.

When I first got to the Puente House in Southern California early last year after a few friends from rehab told me about a place where people like me are trying to do this same sobriety thing. I had NO Idea that a place like this existed and that sober living was for newly sober people like me that needed extra structure and support.

I thought that I was doomed to miserable for the rest of my life without drugs. I was completely broken, hopeless, angry, and scared. My recovery story involved several relapses and I had to learn that my old using life had nothing for me. The staff and residents at the Puente House sober living welcomed me back with open arms once I was ready to take action to save my life.”



“Sept. 25th 1996 I moved into the Puente House with no idea what my future had in store. At that point in my life I didn’t really care as long as it didn’t resemble what it was like up to that day. I was confused, angry, and faithless and needed a different way to live and a new thought process desperately. My life was in shambles.

Puente House, the staff, and the friends I met in the House all played a significant role in my success at long term sobriety. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.

P.S. my mom thinks you’re pretty swell too.”

Meet Jennifer:

“3 years have flown by so fast! When I arrived at Puente House in December of 2014, I was unsure of what to expect. I was afraid I wouldn’t fit in; a fear I struggled with all of my life. After just a couple of days I began to enjoy the energy and good vibes I found there. We were all there for the same purpose, which was comforting to me.

Puente house immersed me in a twelve step program and gave me the structure and self discipline that had been missing from my life. It’s my belief that my 12 step program and Puente House have led me to become the person I was always meant to be.

Thank you Puente House for introducing me to a fellowship and design for living that really works. I love living my life in sobriety and I’ve formed friendships that I hope will last a lifetime. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of Puente House. I’m very proud to call it my home.”


Meet NICK:

“3 years today. Thank you puente house for helping me turn my life around. If it wasn’t for the structure and discipline I learned living at 444.I don’t think I’d be the man I am today. My family and I thank you.”


“In 2015 I faced a very tough decision: Keep drinking and continue to face severe legal and personal consequences or get sober for good and finally become the person I'd always envisioned. I chose the latter but needed help in my initial walk on the path of sobriety, opting to live in the Puente House for 6 months. I owe a deep debt of gratitude to Karl Moris, the women's house managers, and stringent structure of Puente House's day-to-day operations for laying a foundation for my sobriety that has lasted over 3 years.”

-Kailee G.

“I was looking at 2 and half years in LA County, no job, definitely unemployable; and more of a debt to society. Worse than all that I was clueless and felt worthless. Alot has changed in 19 years.

I have partial clarity

I am worthy

I am employable

I am reliable

I am hopeful

Truly Gods plan and blessing, One Day At A Time. Thank you to all who have helped along the way. Also thank you Puente House for being there to by being a bridge to a new way of life.”

- Carl 19 years sober

I can't even believe it myself today I celebrate one year of being clean and sober. It’s such a blessing, One year ago I was hopeless and afraid of being in my own skin. I thank my family in recovery and the Puente House, Karl Moris and John Boots for giving me the tools of living a great life, I love the person I am today. Thank for all the love and support, I'm eternally grateful

- Austin

“Woke up today celebrating 18 years clean and sober. What a life I have today, the friends that I have, amends I made to get my family back in my life. I am so grateful for the 12 steps and God entering my life. Thank you Karl, Ray and Don, for leading and showing me a way to live.

- Kent