Backstory and Context
Beacon House is a treatment center for women recovering from alcohol and/or drug dependency. The organization was founded as Friends of Women in Recovery in 1992, and the house opened in June 1993, after much dedicated work from volunteers.
Founders Mary Ann Steffes, an associate of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Sharon Bloodgood, Patti Eickerman, and Lynn Behrends saw a need for the facility which would accommodate women with children. At the time of its founding, Beacon House was only one of three facilities in Wisconsin that kept children with their mothers during the initial recovery process.
In 1997, Beacon House purchased a second home in order to accommodate more families.
Several sisters of St. Agnes have volunteered at the facility and served on the board of directors of both Beacon House and the Beacon House Foundation. The congregation also supports the organization through regular contributions.
Sales, Maggie. “Beacon House Gives Recovering Women a Second Chance at Life.” Fond du Lac Action Sunday, May 8, 1994.
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