Friends in Recovery officially began in 1990. In 1972, we began as St. John’s Alumni. In 1986 St. John’s Hospital closed and we went scrambling for a meeting room. For a time, we met at Mounds Park Hospital, and then they closed. We held open meetings at Bethesda Hospital, and yes, they too closed.

Drunks often times get thrown out of places, but usually, they don’t close down the establishment. In 1990, we moved to St. Joseph’s Hospital and changed our name from St. John’s Alumni to Friends in Recovery. St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, remains our home today.