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Making Your Miles More Meaningful – Beit T’Shuvah

Many people run a marathon for charity. Many more should! The money you raise goes to a great cause of your choice and should make you feel good doing it. Get involved! The Honda LA Marathon has 65 Official Charities for you to choose from. Here’s a closer look at one of them!

Beit T’Shuvah is a residential treatment facility located in West Los Angeles that has been restoring lost souls and returning them to themselves, their families and the community for over 23 years. Our mission is to provide emotional and spiritual healing in a Jewish context to individuals and families afflicted with addictive and behavioral disorders. Beit T’Shuvah is the only addiction treatment program in the United States that integrates Jewish traditions and spirituality, the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and traditional psychotherapy. Our life saving program helps addicts transition from negative life patterns to positive goals. We have never turned anyone away due to their financial situation. As a result, Beit T’Shuvah keeps its doors open by depending on outside donations, grants and fund-raising efforts such as the LA Marathon.
Michael J Cohen is running for Beit T’Shuvah for his 2nd time this year. This is the 2nd marathon he has ever run. “MJ” as he is called is an alumnus of the Beit T’Shuvah’s program. He entered the treatment program in December of 2008 after being released from a 9 year prison sentence. He went to Beit T’Shuvah, not knowing how long he’d stay here, just knowing he wanted to learn a better way of living and to become a productive member of society.

He completed the program in 2009 and has continued to stay close and connected to the Beit T’Shuvah community. His participation in the “Run to Save a Soul” campaign last year was a life changing experience for him and definitely something he never thought he’d accomplish. He has returned to the team for a second year now and is working with new runners to help them have the same life changing experience running the marathon gave him. He is instrumental in leading the weekly team runs, recruiting new runners and is a huge asset to the team.

“MJ is truly an example of the ultimate transformation that takes place for so many people when they come to Beit T’Shuvah. He exemplifies what our program is all about. His participation in the LA Marathon with Beit T’Shuvah once again, will help us raise the necessary funds to continue helping people as we helped him,” Nina Haller, Director of Major Gifts

Contact Info Beit T’Shuvah – Alison Ditlove (310) 204-5200 x 230 aditlove@beittshuvah.org

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SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014