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Quintin Warner House: Five Decades of Addiction Treatment
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Country Roots: Bethel House 1957
In 1957, a country property in Wallacetown, 30 miles from London, was being used by Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) for retreats. (It was Canon Quintin Warner who founded the first Canadian chapter of AA.) The Goodwill Rescue Mission, founded by Alvin Roth and often referred to as the Mission, (which later changed to Mission Services of London), purchased this property from a Christian woman for a nominal price. It was renamed Bethel House and provided a place of rehabilitation and recovery for men interested in a new life without substance addiction. After seven years where men’s lives had turned around permanently, it was sold and plans were in place for a similar city-based house in London.

London Establishment: Quintin Warner House 1965
After meetings with representatives of various social service agencies, hospitals and the Police Department, the Mission acquired a large house at 477 Queen’s Avenue on April 1, 1965. The real estate agent, the late Norma Murray, donated her commission, and there was a fund for a renovation and addition. Being deeply appreciative of Canon Quintin Warner's positive influence and support of the Mission’s work, Alvin Roth convinced the Board of Directors to name the new home “Quintin Warner House.” The official dedication was on June 19, 1966. Jim Doran was the first House Manager and cook.

Program Additions & Spirituality
In the late 1960's, Quintin Warner House was the only known half-way house for recovering alcoholics in Canada. From 1968-1972, Rehabilitations Director E. Art Young from the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation of Ontario was "on loan," thanks to Dr. Charles Aharan, to develop a balanced program both scientifically and spiritually. In 1976, another program change included the addition of annex housing to help graduates of the program with their transitional phase. In 1988, a "Faith Today" program was started by Rev. Doug Dakin at Dundas St. Centre United Church that still runs every Tuesday morning.

Continuing to Soar
In June 2012, the carved eagle tree on the property was cut down by the City of London. Original carver Robin Wenzoski reduced its size and added wings, which was then mounted on cement on the lawn at the corner of Maitland and Queens. The eagle represents many aspects of the addiction treatment program: truth, courage, strength, wisdom and freedom. The program has plans to help clients continue to soar. "Our hope is to be inclusive in our work by recognizing other groups such as youth, women and veterans who may experience gaps in the system, so that we can find ways to bridge them," says current Director, Jon DeActis.

Join us for Quintin Warner House 50th Anniversary Celebrations!
Thursday, June 19, 2015 - Open House at 477 Queens Ave. Presentation at 2:00pm.
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - Charity Golf Tournament at Sunningdale Golf & Country Club.

Call Quintin Warner House at 519-434-8041 for information. Visit them on Facebook.