About Charles Valentine, Founder/Executive Director
Tragically born into a family with a history of alcohol and sexual abuse, Charles Valentine sought escape through the pursuit of money and self-serving relationships. He was on the fast track to success until a haunting fear of insanity drew him into a life of drinking and drugs, which put him behind bars several times. One day, with his world crumbled and standing face to face with his greatest fear, the power of Jesus reached through his television set with the words of MARK 5:1-20 and set him free. Charles led P.A.T.H (Peace over Addiction Through Healing), a 12-step recovery ministry housed at The Life Christian Church for 15 years, which also assisted people in finding shelter, food, clothing, healthcare and overall peace. Charles is the author or The Man in the Tombs, an autobiographical account of his painful past of abuse and addiction to recovery and philanthropy.
Charles and his wife, Lisa, founded The Valentine House (The Valentine Foundation, Inc.) to provide an answer to the need for safe, beautiful and self-supported transitional housing for men and women in recovery. A great leader once said, "Because Charles has been healed, many others are being healed."
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Letter from the Founder
I hope this letter finds you well. When I tell you my purpose for writing, I hope you will share in my enthusiasm and be moved to help me reach my goal.
As you may be aware, it has long been my vision to open and implement sober homes for men and women recovering from substance use disorders. A facility such as this is so important to the restoration of the person’s life. True recovery goes beyond simply ceasing to abuse substances; it includes successful re-entry into society and reunification with family and loved ones.
After much thought, study, planning and prayer and through work with established treatment programs such as Summit Oaks, Integrity House and Turning Point to name a few, our vision of establishing one of many sober living homes became a reality in May 2010. This home was located in Montclair, New Jersey and housed nine men that are in recovery and are committed to living a clean and sober lifestyle. Residents are responsible for themselves and accountable to each other. They are guided to develop a new responsible lifestyle, free of alcohol and drug use.
In December 2012 we opened our first women’s home in Lyndhurst, New Jersey. We opened another men's home in early 2015 in Bloomingdale, New Jersey and in January 2018 we opened a second women’s home in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Through the generosity of our sponsors and donors we plan to continue opening homes to meet the overwhelming need. It is our goal to help as many people as possible re-enter society through these homes to increase their chances of living a long sober life.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope you will support this endeavor by making a financial contribution. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you to discuss the details, and answer any questions and concerns you may have.