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.
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.
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.