August 2022

New at The Beacon: A Graduation Party!

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Graduation. It’s a ceremony that includes a celebration of achievements after years of struggle and triumph. And, chances are, an event that many of us didn’t think much about - or, maybe have taken for granted. 


Last month, five of our recent graduates were able to join us for the first-ever Beacon graduation event. We had graduation caps, a ceremony, dinner, cake, yard games, and time to celebrate together. For many of these women, it was the first time they had ever graduated from anything. And this celebration is even sweeter because of what it represents:


  • Sticking to a program 
  • Choosing sobriety
  • Having consistent employment
  • Learning financial responsibility
  • Attending counseling and substance use support groups
  • Healing from trauma


To us and our graduates, these are all reasons to celebrate! As children, instead of dreaming and planning for the future, our clients were often focused on survival because of trauma at home typically precipitated by systemic issues in their communities. Those experiences came with tough decisions. Maybe letting go of studying to protect a sibling from an intoxicated, raging parent. Or, not being able to focus at school because they were hungry or lacked emotional support. They didn’t have a strong foundation to start. Now, they do.


Each client has come so far in their journey to heal. They’re transforming into a new version of themselves. It’s a beautiful thing to see them look at life differently, be equipped with foundational tools, and experiencing hope for their future. 


Thank you for celebrating and partnering with us in this important work!


In this together,

Melissa Vine, MA, LMHC

"The Beacon gave me a chance to reintegrate back into society. I'm not from Des Moines, and my stay at The Beacon provided me the time I needed to ensure my success. It gave me a gradual step in the right direction. Because of my stay at The Beacon, I was able to fulfill my passion by working in the addictions field again. If I hadn't stayed there, I never would have made those vital connections. I was also given the opportunity to work for The Beacon as a Peer RA during my stay, which let to being hired upon my graduation." -2022 Graduate

"I've known some of these women for several years. To see and experience this success with them was truly inspiring."

-2022 Graduate


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It's time for CAKE GALA tickets!

Don’t miss your chance to catch early bird pricing for Cake Gala tickets! From now until August 31, tickets are $105 each or $200 a pair. Starting in September, ticket prices will increase to $135 for a single ticket and $250 for the pair. Or, fill a table of ten for $1000. 


Get your tickets here!


Cake Gala will be held on Friday, November 4 at The River Center in downtown Des Moines. Get more information about the event here.



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