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Program Name: SHARE! the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange
Year the Program was Started: 1992
Address: 6666 Green Valley Circle
Culver City, CA 90230
Telephone #: 1-877-SHARE-49
Fax #: (310) 846-5278
Email Address: libby@shareselfhelp.org
Website URL: www.shareselfhelp.org
Program Category: Clubhouse, Drop-in Center, Support Group
Target Participants:
African American, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan, LGBT, Co-occurring substance abuse, Trauma Survivors, Persons w/ Criminal Justice Issues, Persons who are Homeless, Veterans, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: Over $400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 10-20
Paid Part-Time: None
Volunteers: 20+
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Always
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: Majority
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website, Other
Cost for materials? Sometimes
Program Goals:

Self-initiated positive change

Self-help support groups

Employment program

Housing program

Technical assistance

Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Thomasina Borkman Louis Brown Jim Worthley Keith Humphreys have all done external research on our programs. We collect data on our outcomes as well.
Program Mission Statement: The mission of SHARE! the Self-Help And Recovery Exchange, is to help people in Los Angeles pursue personal growth and change. SHARE! empowers people to change their own lives and provides them a loving, safe, non-judgmental place where they can find community, information and support. SHARE! provides many services including:
  • Collaborative Housing is a public-private partnership to provide affordable, permanent, supportive housing to disabled people. Disabled residents share a bedroom in a house with a roommate of their choice. The owner furnishes the house, pays for all the utilities, does not collect a Security Deposit and joins an owners’ association that regularly inspects the houses to ensure quality. The sponsoring government or other organization provides referrals to the house, responds to any tenant problems in a timely manner, visits regularly to help with residents’ needs and insures that the house is properly run. Residents attend weekly self-help support groups, help with neighborhood projects and provide support for other residents. Community groups provide mentors for gardening and cooking and help with problems that pop up. • Self-help Support Group Clearinghouse for Los Angeles County Countywide referrals to 10,000 self-help meetings representing 500 different programs. Our information is updated monthly as self-help groups tend to move around or be moved around and come and go. Our Self-Help Specialists can find a meeting in your neighborhood that is right for you. SHARE!’S 24-hour voicemail lets you push button for contact information for hundreds of self-help groups. Call (310) 846-5270 or toll free 1-877-SHARE-49.
  • SHARE! Self-Help Centers SHARE! operates two self-help centers in Culver City and in the Skid Row District of Downtown Los Angeles that provide meeting space for self-help support groups of all kinds ranging from anger management, depression, self-esteem, communications and relationships, incest survivors, alcoholics, drug addicts, smoking, reaching goals, etc. Together they host more than 100 self-help group meetings a week. Meetings pay a percentage of their donations so that there is no rent pressure and it is easy to start a new meeting. Each meeting room is furnished like a living room, with the exception of our writing room, which has a conference table and chairs. We provide space for sober dances, self-help marathon meetings and conferences. • Volunteer-to-Job Program that gives anyone a meaningful job at SHARE!—no matter how limited their skills or debilitating their symptoms. SHARE! trains and encourages our Volunteer-to-Jobs participants until they develop the skills and confidence to obtain an unsubsidized job either at SHARE! or in the community.
  • Technical assistance for new and ongoing self-help support groups. We can help with formation, meeting content, format, publicity, problems, etc.
  • Open literature policy SHARE! accepts any and all materials for distribution at our centers. Just send them or drop them off.
  • Volunteer opportunities for ordinary people or for those doing court-ordered community service. We accept all volunteers even those with limited skills or felony convictions. SHARE! Is supported by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and private donations. SHARE! Is currently seeking new directors to sit on its Board. Interested community-minded people should contact Ruth Hollman at (310) 846-5270.
SHARE! Is a project of the Emotional Health Association, a California non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation. For more info www.shareselfhelp.org.

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