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Non Profit of the Week – A Light of Hope – Offering ‘Support, Hope, Healing and Freedom’ to Those in Recovery

| SC Living | May 15, 2015

A Light of Hope (ALOH) strives to be just that for youth, families and young adults struggling with substance abuse and self-destructive behaviors: a growing glimmer of light in what can seem like unending darkness.

Through a variety of support groups, social events and sober weekend activities, the staff members at ALOH’s support center work to inspire and celebrate personal growth and spiritual development for those in recovery.

“Families and individuals that are struggling with substance abuse and/or self-destructive actions or behaviors often times find themselves alone, feeling hopeless and lost in how to deal with the circumstances they are facing,” said ALOH President and Founder Tim Traurig. “A Light of Hope provides a safe place to find help and hope in restoring the family back to health and happiness.”

Traurig founded the organization after his own personal struggle trying to find help for two of his daughters as they dealt with drug and alcohol issues.

“We were lost, hopeless and embarrassed about what was happening,” he said. “We needed help, and could not find the help we needed for our family. Because of those experiences, we decided to build A Light of Hope so that we could offer others the kind of support we wish we could have had during that time.”

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ALOH follows an Alternative Peer Group (APG) recovery model that includes free weekly support group meetings for youth and young adults aged 14 to 26 and separate groups for parents, caregivers and siblings 16 and older. Specialized support groups, such as art expression and equine assisted learning, are also available through the program.

“These support groups provide a safe place for participants to get their lives back by finding support, hope, healing and freedom in a non-condemning atmosphere of love and support,” Traurig said.

Nonprofit Pic 2In addition, the APG program offers social activities and events in a “safe and sober” environment, ranging from mountain biking and hiking to barbecues, family potlucks and beach trips. Activities are designed to help young people connect with their peers in a positive, healthy environment rather than in the negative settings they’ve become accustomed to.

ALOH also offers a full-service counseling center with licensed therapists and certified addiction counselors who can provide individual and family counseling, inpatient and sober living treatment referrals and family interventions.

“Many parents and families wait too long to reach out for help,” Traurig said. “We as parents want to handle these issues on our own. We really want to help, but sometimes the very things we are doing out of love are only fueling and feeding the fire. … Let ALOH partner with you during this season and help you find hope and peace once again.”

For more information, call 661-513-HEAL (4325) or go to www.alightofhopescv.org.

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About Melissa Lampert

Melissa Lampert worked as a Staff Writer at Valley Publications from Jan. 2015 to Jan. 2016. She was a News and Features contributor to the Santa Clarita Gazette and Canyon Country Magazine. A Staff Writer at KHTS AM-1220 since Feb. 2014, Melissa was promoted to Features Director after serving as Interim News Director from April – May 2016. She has published feature stories in The Signal and College of the Canyons' Cougar News and previously worked as a freelance animal welfare writer for an online publication. To follow Melissa Lampert’s work, visit her professional Facebook page.

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