Hawaiian Luau!

Hawaiian Shirts, Grass Skirts

Halter Tops, Flip Flops

Bathing Suits, Fresh Fruits

Fundraiser to benefit Bill y Bob Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, A.C.

THE STORY: About 4 years ago Warren and Jean Scheifele helped start the first year-round English Speaking non-denominational church in Manzanillo, now known as the Church of Hope, located above the Maria Cumbé Boutique in Salagua.

During 2009 two graduates of the Bill y Bob Rehabilitation Center started attending church services. About one month later, the American, James Holcroft, approached Jean and Warren to see if there was any way the church could help with the center, as they were having difficulty putting sufficient rice and beans on the table, let alone paying rent.

Upon inspection, the Scheifeles found 30 young men and boys in their teens (some as young as 11) sleeping on concrete floors in two upstairs rooms of a tiny house. The one room also served as their lecture hall in the daytime. Adjacent were another 7 girls sleeping in a tiny bathroom. (Bill y Bob's is based on AA's program of spiritual and character development,
The Twelve Steps.)

The Scheifeles then took up a collections and bought sleeping pads for the floor, ceiling fans, food, paint and a few other basics. The church committed to supply them with 25 kilos/month of rice, and 50 kilos of beans.  At about the same time as the Sheifeles help, Susan Dearing also learned of their plight, and brought over old pillows, sheets, blankets, a TV, and food, once even cooking a huge pot of spaghetti for the young men and women struggling to beat their addictions. Read more.

Warren and Jean also talked with their bilingual pastor, and he volunteered to hold church services on the  one free day, and found the vast majority of young people in the center committed their lives to Christ, acknowledging they had made a mess of things and wanted to start over. The other 6 days they have lectures and counseling from early morning to late in the evening with the same goal in mind.

Raul consoles a father
whose 12-year-old
son was brought
into Bill y Bob's
by the municipal police

The director, José Raul Cardenas Mora has an amazing story of how and why he turned his life around:

"One day, over 4 years ago, when I was still an addict, my family was on a bus going to Colima. I was notified that the bus had been involved in an accident, and overturned, and that several people had been killed.

"I immediately went to God and promised that if He would bring my wife and family back to me safely, I would quit my addiction and start a rehab center."

Raul's family did return safely. Raul straightened up, and instead of starting a new center, took over the directorship of Bill y Bob's from someone who wanted out. (Bill y Bob's is named after the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith.)

Raul's "hands-on"
approach means a lot to families of addicts
who are living at the rehab center.

Recently, they held their 4th anniversary, and it was inspiring to meet a number of graduates and their families, who, like Raul, have straightened up and changed their lives and become useful citizens. (The success rate for Bill y Bob's graduates is almost 40%, in comparison to only 4-6% of other rehab centers throughout the U.S. and Mexico, according to statistics found on the internet. If you figure that approximately 5% of these "successes" probably would have done so with or without going into rehab, the statistics are very grim indeed. In other words, rehab centers mostly don't work.)

Bible study on Saturday
in the new facility's
meeting room

Graduates of Bill y Bob's agree to become "padrones," and support the center. The Center gets no government help, and does not charge anyone admitted, many of whom would still be on the street or in jail, had they not been rescued.

In 4 years they have graduated approximately 500 young men and women, boys and girls. Their small building was greatly overpopulated because of their amazing success rate, which inspired police and others to bring addicts from other cities and even neighboring states.

Diane Johnson teaches
the art of quilt making
to the women in the center

Graduating interns help
to clean the property and take
care of the center's mascot

Some months back the Center was given an eviction notice to either buy the facility or move. They had no money to purchase anything, nor could they afford to rent anything else that was available. During the course of looking, however, the board members learned of a great property--a 5,000+ sq. ft. house with a 3-car garage, pool, and an outbuilding suitable for occupational training. The were many mature fruit trees on the half-acre lot.

Meeting room where family
members can visit their
children or spouses

Large kitchen to prepare meals
but it badly needs updating

The Scheifele's son Andrew and wife Wendy happened to be visiting at the time, and together the family agreed to buy the property, and the 30-40 young men and women suddenly grew to 70+ just before Christmas 2010.

All patients were allowed to go home to visit their families for the holidays.

Dining room where the board
of directors meet.

Young women in the center learn to draw and watercolor

Although the new facility has great potential, it is a work in progress. In the old facility, it was necessary to release some of the interns before they were ready just to make room for more critical cases.

Unfortunately, since the flow of new patients has accelerated, there are now twice as many mouths to feed, and, thus, the reason for the not-for-profit organization's first annual Hawaiian Luau!

Girls in the center try their hand at quilting.

THE EVENT: Join us in our celebration of the grand opening of Bill y Bob Rehabilitation Center, a Mexican not-for-profit A.C. Support a need that goes straight to the heart of our community—an organization based on the teachings of AA—with the highest success rate of any private- or government-funded agency.

As you enter our Luau Party, you’ll be greeted with a Hawaiian Lei—handcrafted by the young men and women at the center, and a Hawaiian Aloha Cocktail.

Hawaiian Buffet Menu:

  • Waikiki Salad
  • Rice Honolulu
  • Garlic Bread
  • Hawaiian Shrimp
  • Mahi Mahi w/ mango sauce
  • Virginia Ham & pineapple


When: Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, 1-6 p.m.

Where: Pedro’s Cazuela

Cost $150 pesos    $200 pesos after Jan. 26

Give back to your community by giving our young people a second chance!

Ticket sales: Eric Kassian, cell 044-314-338-4765
Jean Scheifele, 335-1064
Susan Dearing, Nextel: 120-2667, I.D. 62*2127047*3

Volunteers needed! Donations Welcome!