Wolfe Street Center is Turning 35 on October 13
Join us at Wolfe Street Center at 1015 S. Louisiana in Little Rock on October 13, 2017 from 7 - 10 pm as we celebrate 35 years of recovery in Central Arkansas. Expect live music, food trucks and birthday cake as well as a special acknowledgement in honor of those original pioneers who made the building on Wolfe Street a functional oasis for recovering alcoholics in 1982. To check out photos from last year's party, visit our gallery page here. Event tickets are $35 and available at www.centralarkansastickets.com
Opening Music Act: Jazz Musician, Rodney Block
Evening Set: Katmandu
How It All Began...In 1982, Ruebel Funeral Home in Little Rock at the corner of 12th and Wolfe streets was transformed into a center for alcoholics and their families. The center was formed thanks to the leadership Dr. Joe Martindale at the Baptist Medical Alcohol Rehabilitation Center located, then, directly across the street. By 1984, the Wolfe Street Foundation Inc., was created to operate Wolfe Street Center and to provide a place for meetings, fellowship and recreation for Al-anon and Ala-teen groups.
In short, the then-director of Baptist Medical Center Alcohol Rehab and a few other community leaders wanted to transform the old funeral home into an oasis for recovery. They orchestrated the gifting of the property and worked to ensure the right people were put on site to manage it. Towards this end, they recruited a man named Joe McQuaney. Years before, McQuaney developed the Recovery Dynamics Model (1972) and founded Serenity House; a similar refuge treating more than 50,000 people since its inception. Recovery Dynamics is an educational supplement to the 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous that is still in use by 30 treatment centers throughout the world.
In 2011, due to a crumbling infrastructure, Wolfe Street Center on Wolfe Street was moved 6 blocks away to South Louisiana Street in downtown Little Rock. The board of directors and executive director led a massive capital campaign resulting in approximately one million dollars of structural improvements including adding a new wing to the building and creating an outside garden area. Today, the 12,500 square foot facility accommodates 3 large meeting concurrently and also includes an industrial kitchen, a small chapel, a bookstore and recreation area with pool table and coffee shop.