UCLA School of Business and the 12 Angels!

Applied Management Research
Applied Management Research

5 graduate students from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business will be helping the 12 Angels organization with an online mentorship project. We are very excited to be starting this 6 month project today. Mentorship is a vital component of career development and success. Technology allows us to use our resources more efficiently and have a greater reach.

UCLA’s Applied Management Research (AMR) Program’s Management Field Study brings together student teams with executives from organizations around the world. Each team completes an in-depth strategic study in partnership with an organization’s management.

The 12 Angels organization use successful models developed by the greatest social entrepreneurs of our time and apply them to solve the $340 billion of economic damage ( 577 KB .pdf file) done to the United States each year by addiction.

If you would like to learn more about our online mentorship program please send an e-mail to alex@12angels.org.

WOW – What an Event at Dr. Teas! 12 Angels Social Entrepreneurship in the Recovery Community

First – Let’s thank our donors and sponsors!

John and Regina Scully, Dr. Teas, Monarchy Clothing, the filmmakers from Lost in Woonsocket, Paul Mitchell, DJ Michaelis, SunStyle, the beautiful Ford Models from Ford Modeling Agency, metal artist Jason Mernick, the amazing cusine of Chris and Brett Sulzer, rock memorabilia from Slash and Sean McNabb, the comedy of Ashley Hamilton, the photography of Gene Kirkland, the beautiful candles of Timothy Jay in West Hollywood and Wire Image.

We had a full house, drank some amazing teas, raised some money, had a great time, laughed with Ashley Hamilton, Eric Kim provided us with some amazing clothes from Monarchy and we danced with DJ Michaelis.

The first annual Halo Fashion Show was a huge success. We are grateful to everyone that came to help create jobs and opportunities within the recovery community. Thank you!

FASHION SHOW – MONARCHY with DJ MICHAELIS at Dr. TEAS – West Hollywood, CA – Fundraiser on November 20

On Thursday November 20 at 7:00 PM in the evening, the 12 Angels is hosting a benefit fundraiser. The event will be held at Dr. Tea’s Tea Garden & Herbal Emporium, which is located at 8612 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA, 90069.  RSVP to phone number (877) 858-1212 extension 1 or rsvp@12angels.org.

The focus of the fundraiser is to support three exciting projects from the 12 Angels: the microfinancing of sober entrepreneurs, the entrepreneurship education class, and the online social networking program.

The night will be a celebration of recovery with complimentary food and drink, including hot and iced teas, frosted teas, healthy sandwiches and salads, and an array of decadent deserts!

We will be having a fashion show by MONARCHY and music and dancing by DJ MICHAELIS…This will be MONARCHY’s only west coast fashion show this season.  DJ MICHAELIS is an internationally recognized DJ with a huge following. We have a silent auction with a number of very special items donated by celebrities in the community…

For individuals who would like something a little more low key, the event will include an exclusive screening of a new independent film about the disease of alcoholism, Lost In Woonsocket. Recently released across the country, the film was created by John Chester, the star of A&E’s cable show Random 1. The filmmakers and the stars will be present to talk about the film and answer questions after the screening.

On the 12 Angels website (www.12angels.org), we have quoted the NIDA’s statistics concerning the economic damage caused by Alcoholism and Addiction every year in the United States. The present figure of $340 billion dollars is twice the damage caused by cancer every year and half the cost of the current one-time economic bailout plan. So how can we help and what can we do?

Since alcoholics and addicts in early recovery often struggle to find work and are not the easiest people to hire or employ considering their checkered backgrounds, how can we aid them in the process of becoming productive members of society? In the 12 Step community, our common mantra is to be self-supporting through our own contributions. However, if a sober worker cannot find employment, how is he or she supposed to be self-supporting?

The central solution of the 12 Angels to this challenge is creating more jobs and opportunities for the newly sober by helping entrepreneurs in long-term recovery start of expand their businesses. In exchange for financial and technical support, we ask the entrepreneurs in long term recovery to hire the newly sober and provide recovery friendly work environments. By fostering awareness on both ends of the spectrum, the advantages to both employer and employee readily become apparent.

As a nonprofit entity, the 12 Angels organization and philosophy is modeled after the Grameen Bank of Muhammad Yunus, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006. The Grameen Bank is a microfinance and community development organization in Bangladesh that makes microcredit (or “grammeencredit”) loans to the impoverished without requiring collateral. The word “Grameen” derives from the word “gram” which means “village” or, more precisely, “of the village”. The bank’s philosophy is based on the concept that the poor have skills that are under-utilized and under-valued. We believe the same is true of the recovery community. For more information on the Grameen Bank – please see:


Beyond raising tax-deductible funds for the 12 Angels microfinance program, the benefit will raise money to finance our 12-week intensive entrepreneurship education program. Almost half the struggle of starting a business is connecting the bureaucratic dots successfully. Similar to NFTE and SCORE, the program walks entrepreneurs through the process while trying to match them with mentors and business counselors who provide the necessary experience and expertise.

Finally, the last and perhaps most revolutionary initiative we are looking to support is an online social networking program with software designed to interact with Facebook. Details about this project will be announced on November 13 at the benefit. We hope you will embrace the mission of the 12 Angels and attend this benefit. For more information, please contact David Cantor at david@12angels.org. Since there is limited seating space available, please set up your reservations as soon as possible.

In our society, the road of transformation from addicts and alcoholics to productive members of society must be paved with more than good intentions. The 12 Angels want you to help us pave this road through a carefully managed process of investment, education, networking and advisement. With your help, the goal of one hand helping another can become a reality. Together, we can make recovery happen.



Without question, our country is experiencing an economic crisis of historic proportions. We realize many of our supporters are facing difficult challenges at this very moment. We empathize with these challenges as we have trouble as well. The serious nature of the recession should not be minimized.During such a crisis, however, opportunity often arises.

When an alcoholic hits their bottom, it often opens the door to a new way of life. We have similar opportunities with this economic crisis. Nobody knows if the world economy has yet to hit its bottom. We have faith, however, that no matter how difficult the situation becomes, out of any crisis can arise reasons for hope and the promise of real change.

Recently, much has been made in the media that the Chinese word “危機”, translated as “crisis“, is composed of two characters; one for “danger” and one for “opportunity”. Chinese calligraphers have long recognized that great difficulties are linked to great possibilities for growth.

Addicts in recovery experience this truth first-hand. When they relapse, some addicts experience horrible consequences of health, relationships, financial and spiritual. All addicts who relapse come face to face with the progressive nature of their disease. If the addict, however, embraces the program of the 12 Steps and takes direction, early recovery transforms into a path of freedom. Such a fundamental change is based on the willingness of the addict to follow the suggestions provided by the fellowship of the program.If an addict in early recovery open to receiving their experience, strength and hope of others in recovery, such an attitude tends to lead to wonderful, life changing new opportunities.

We can apply the lessons learned from the microcosm of recovery to the macrocosm of the current economic crisis and the challenges we now face. With the mortgage crisis in the banking sector, the resulting credit crunch and the freefall in world markets, there is little doubt (Let’s hope I am right must certainly be getting close to its bottom. The media is dominated today by fear-based stories of foreclosures and bankruptcy. In light of these facts, how can we not view the crisis except through the lens of danger?

At the 12 Angels, we believe this obvious danger also implies opportunity. As in early recovery, such opportunity only can be achieved through action. In the microfinance model, small loans during periods of difficulty to entrepreneurs in recovery truly can become a bridge to future prosperity. When a credit crunch dominates the markets, microfinance is an answer to the crisis. At the same time, hiring from the work pool of people in early recovery engenders gratitude and a willingness to excel from the employee. Nothing compares with being given an opportunity in the midst of a crisis. Taken together, such ingredients lead to a recipe for long-term success.

We know times are hard. We know that we all have fears and worries about the future of the economy and our own finances, but this is also a time of great opportunity for everyone to beyond the fear. We can help the people in recovery struggling to find a new way of life during this turbulent time. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the 12 Angels.

At this time, we need your support and your help to make our vision a reality. Every dollar given to the 12 Angels has gone and will go to create opportunities for people in recovery. We understand that finding money to contribute is a challenge in the midst of such a crisis. The microfinance model of the 12 Angels, however, means a little can go a long way towards helping an entrepreneur establish a business and provide jobs. Every penny given is used wisely through the implementation of business experience and technical expertise. Even in a time of crisis, precise and measured investment can overcome the danger and create true opportunities.