This page is
brought to you by the West Baltimore Group of Alcoholics Anonymous. We
do recovery the "old fashioned way." This group was
started on May 9, 1947 and was the first Baltimore Neighborhood Group in
the City. It started in a local man's home. His name was Charlie Chrest
and he lived on Mallow Hill Road in what was then Postal Zone 29.
One of the members approached Dr.
Tuerk, who was in charge of the state mental institutions and was given
permission to bring alcoholic patients to the meetings in Charlie C's
home. A few short months later, the West Baltimore Group established a
meeting on the Spring Grove Hospital grounds, thereby starting
institutional commitments in Maryland. The meeting grew and was moved to
Pioneer Hall, a rented room.....atop a bar/liquor store. You had to
enter the bar and go up the steps to the second floor. These folks
really wanted sobriety! They paid two dollars a month rent, when
they had it.
A friend of one of the members,
Rev. McGowan then offered a room at Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church
where we stayed until 1996 when we moved to our present location at Emmanuel
Lutheran Church, 929 Ingleside Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21228 and meets
on Wednesday evening at 8:00PM. We celebrated our 50th
Anniversary on May 14, 1997. This makes the West Baltimore Group
one of the first 360 groups in existence!, We just celebrated our
54th! If you missed it, come and visit us anyhow! You are
not only invited, you are expected; we are making extra coffee for you
when you show up! Picture of our
This West Baltimore Home Group Page went up for the first time in
A Statement of Responsibility I am
responsible. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, I want the
hand of A. A. always to be there. And for that: I am responsible."
With that phrase in mind, the West Baltimore Group is pleased to offer
these pages of information for your use.
"In spite of the great increase in the size
and the span of this Fellowship, at its core it remains simple and
personal. Each day, somewhere in the world, recovery begins when one
alcoholic talks with another alcoholic, sharing experience, strength,
� West Baltimore Group
Last updated 1/25/2003 @ 12:00
"The Third Legacy,
as defined by Bill: `... an A. A. service is anything whatever that helps
us to reach a fellow sufferer -- ranging all the way from the Twelfth
Step itself to a ten-cent phone call and a cup of coffee, and to A. A.'s
General Service Office for national and international action. The sum
total of all these services is our Third Legacy of Service."
from: Pass It
On: (Page 347 )
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page is not endorsed nor approved by Alcoholics Anonymous World
Services, Inc, the service office for the U.S. and Canada, or any other
country's national service office or the Baltimore Area Intergroup
Council, Inc. It is solely provided and sponsored by the West Baltimore
Group* in an effort to spread the word of Alcoholics Anonymous as part
of this excellent program's 12 Step work in reaching out to the
alcoholic who still suffers. Some of the items on this page were
originally published by AA World Services, but do not assume that this
implies continued approval by the General Service Conference for their
use, or their use in these pages.