History

Pathfinders of San Diego was founded in 1950 by a small group of men trying to stay sober. They opened a small storefront in downtown San Diego, where men living on skid row were offered a sober environment if they wanted it.

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The idea was simple and effective: sober alcoholics helping practicing alcoholics stop drinking. Within a few years, Pathfinders gained widespread respect and the group, now incorporated as a non-profit organization, was able to acquire three large residences in the Golden Hill area of the city.

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These residences on Cedar and Dale Streets remain today as Pathfinders’ main recovery homes, capable of accommodating 40 men. The homes provide a highly structured, protective environment for those who want to begin a new life based on the principles of sobriety. Residents learn that people with addictions find long-term recovery by practicing it — one day at a time.

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