Hospitals & Institutions

Hospitals & Institutions

Before there was a "Big Book", Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, the "AA Grapevine" or General Service -- before there were meetings, clubs, conventions or any AA literature -- before there was an H&I committee, there was a visit to an Akron hospital where "one drunk talked to another." Actually there were two drunks, Dr. Bob and Bill W., talking to Bill D. on June 26, 1935 (Big Book, "Anonymous Number Three", pg. 184). That was the first H&I panel some 72 years ago.

In 1965 the Hospital and Instituions Committee was formed. The first two hospitals were Rancho Los Amigos and El Cerritos.

The H&I torch continues to burn on -- about 200 times a month at H&I panels in the greater Long Beach area. That requires an organization -- the Harbor Area Hospital and Institutions Committee. *

There are a dozen officers and many volunteers doing a variety of H&I tasks: raising money, purchasing and distributing literature and administering and putting on all those H&I panels. H&I didn't start out this way but to bring meetings to over 40 Hospitals and Institutions in the greater Long Beach area requires three things:

  1. Regular monthly business meetings, held the third Wednesday of the month at 8:00 PM with a 7:30 PM meeting for H&I newcomers, at The American Legion, 5938 Parkcrest St., Long Beach, CA 90808.
  2. A major annual fundraiser for the purchase of AA literature to dstribute to over 40 Hospitals and Institutions. The "H&I Chili Cook off" which is held in September, is an all-day chili competition for area groups. The festivities include an auction, a $500 raffle, an AA meeting and concludes with a sober dance that night.
  3. Volunteers -- an eager volunteer for each of 200 H&I panels each month and THAT MEANS YOU! 

H&I carries the message to the alcoholic who is not able to get to a meeting perhaps an older woman in a board and care facility; a teenager in a hospital; a young man in rehabilitation; patients in a locked psychiatric ward or even inmates in jail or prison.

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To become a H&I volunteer please contact Central Office in person, by phone, e-mail, or mail:

    • 3450 E. Spring Street, Suite 109
      Long Beach, California 90806
    • (562) 989-7697
    • Spanish (310) 516-8626
    • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

* (A standing sub-committee of the Harbor Area Service Committee)




About A.A.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes.

Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. 

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There are numerous ways you can be of service to the fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous in the Harbor Area.

First and foremost is the Harbor Area Service Committee (Service Committee). Every group should be concerned with how the principles and traditions of the fellowship are adhered to in our area, as well as the way matters affecting A.A. are conducted nationally. Each group is autonomous, yet they are closely interrelated by cooperation for the good of all groups and for A.A. as a whole.

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Harbor Light is the monthly newsletter of the Harbor Area Service Committee of Alcoholics Anonymous.

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Harbor Area Central Office
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3450 E. Spring Street, Suite 109
Long Beach