In 1961, ten laymen accepted the challenge of providing a home for homeless alcoholics, which is presently the Matt Talbot Home. In April, 1962 the first guests were admitted and they assisted in providing much needed housekeeping for other guests soon to follow. A paid staff consisting of resident manager and a cook were hired.
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About the Talbot House
The Board of Directors decided it should operate as a private, non-for-profit unit and applied for a tax-exempt status. It was agreed that the room and board payments made by the men living in the home should take care of the day-to-day cost of operating the home… such payment covering two meals per day and lodging. It was then and is now necessary to look to our friends to assist in providing needed funds to take care of any expenses for major repairs. Proper ceremony took place when the mortgage on 1424 Central Avenue was burned.
The Talbot House was named after Matt Talbot, a native of Ireland, born in 1856. Matt was an alcoholic at a very early age. Following his sobriety at age 29, he worked to help other alcoholics until his death in 1925.
The Board of Directors actively participates in the supervision and operation of Talbot House. The resident manager and guests have weekly meetings to discuss matters pertaining to the operation of the house. The Friends of Talbot House is an organization consisting of a nucleus of former guests who returned to society and others (mostly recovering alcoholics) who are interested in the Talbot House. They serve as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the guests as well as take care of small repairs and improvements.
It is stressed that all men in need of assistance are welcome, regardless of race or creed. Each man who enters the Talbot House does so voluntarily with the understanding of one important rule: “No drinking or drugging on or off the premises”. Any violation could result in eviction. Referrals come from alcoholic and drug treatment centers around the state, such as: Veterans Hospitals, Salvation Army Detoxification Center, Division of Addiction Services, State Department of Mental Health, Courts and Clergy, as well as family.
Guest are encouraged to attend the weekly A.A., C.A., and N.A. meetings held at the house and to attend other outside recovery activities. Each man is responsible for keeping his living quarters in order and is expected to share in the care of community facilities. The manager/director assigns duties and has full responsibility for the screening and admission of guests.
Addiction is a progressive disease that destroys a person mentally, physical and spiritually but it can be arrested with proper care. Each man who searches for sobriety is someone’s son, father, brother or husband.