Men in the residential treatment program Phoenix House Venice celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. in true California style. The Annual MLK Barbecue for program clients will be held on Monday, January 16, 2012, on the Phoenix House patio, which was redesigned and remodeled in 2008 by volunteers from a nonprofit organization called Big Sunday. (Photos of the patio are available online in the Los Angeles Times article about the project.)
A brief tribute program is prepared by staff and clients about the life and achievements of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., a pioneer of civil rights and a true American hero. His message of hope and personal strength, based on high moral standards resonates well with men in recovery, many of whom come from impoverished, minority backgrounds.
By remembering the vision of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Phoenix House clients set a path for personal vision of a drug-and-alcohol free life of success and recovery.