About Us


The Venice Recovery Center was founded by people who believe that community recovery resources and environments are valuable community assets. They assist people in recovery in building and maintaining meaningful lives. A need for meeting locations and resources was identified in Venice where a lack of affordable facilities for recovery and community meetings existed.

Our mission is to increase recovery opportunities in the Venice/Santa Monica area.

The Venice Recovery Center is a non-profit community organization that started in 2007.   The VRC facility is run by an all-volunteer Steering Committee, has no paid staff.  It is the only recovery center of its kind in California that is 100% volunteer,100% community run, 100% community supported and offers free recovery services to anyone that needs them.

The Center is supported by donations from meetings and activities held there. It does not run, endorse or conduct any meetings. The meetings are self-organized and are responsible for their own organization and conduct. If you would like to start a regular meeting at the VRC, or schedule an event there, please contact us.


Community-based recovery centers are established and prosper through grassroots efforts,  and have a tremendous success record. For example, thirty to fifty years ago West LA recovering alcoholics and family members created recovery resources that have assisted many thousands of people in recovery.

  • In the early fifties a group of recovering alcoholics arranged to have a house donated and moved from Santa Monica Blvd. to the corner of 26th and Broadway. This house known as Serenity Manor has assisted tens of thousands in recovery.
  • An enterprising group of recovering alcoholics started the Ohio Street Meeting Hall in the fifties that has provided a secure AA meeting place for over fifty years.
  • The Westside Alano Club started in a Culver Blvd. storefront in 1969. The club moved to what is now known as the Marina Center and then moved again to their current Pico Blvd. location.
  • A group of recovering persons met in an AA member’s house in the late sixties to start a 12-step home for beach drunks. Over time this effort grew and became the CLARE Foundation.

These efforts work and can create lasting recovery resources to help our community. Join us in our effort to create a great facility!