Located on the Human Services Campus in the Phoenix “Zone,” nearly a thousand individuals living in a state of homelessness walk by the club every day. The New Arid Club was established to reach out to these people and to connect them with mentors and models from the broader AA/NA community. Dozens of alcoholics and addicts who would otherwise fall through the cracks make their way into the New Arid Club on a daily basis. For many, it is their only home, their place of last resort. Each individual entering the club is greeted by a volunteer, also homeless, who follows the club’s mantra of Dignity, Respect, Recovery. The individuals we meet are often starving for these values — and for hope — and they frequently respond in kind when given them.
The purpose of the New Arid Club is twofold: to host 12 Step meetings and to provide a more general support network for recovering alcoholics and addicts.
The club currently hosts a variety of 12 Step and related meetings. Current offerings include Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Crystal Meth Anonymous, and Al-Anon. While there is a wide offering of meeting times and days, we are still looking to expand our offerings. We have many recently committed recovering alcoholics and addicts who consistently attend as many meetings as possible. If your organization would like to host a meeting, we welcome you into our home. We are always looking for more meetings, so please call (602.223.3477) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) us. Also, you can see our calendar for a list of currently available meetings, by clicking on the meetings menu item at the top of this page.
The almost family-like atmosphere of the New Arid Club is the closest thing to home that many of our members have. A special group consisting of 10-12 individuals comprises the NAC Team, a group of volunteers who live on the campus and take responsibility for running and maintaining the club. They staff, clean, and provide peer-support for the facility from 6:00 a.m. in the morning to 8:00 p.m. at night. The NAC Team, along with LDRC employees and volunteers, are also responsible for special programming and recovery events. Examples of current offerings include Relapse Prevention class, guided meditation, Big Book studies and a quiet area for sponsor/sponsee interactions.