Welcome to the SSAC Alano Club
Learn about us and how we started
Welcome to the SSAC Alano Club
We can house over 40 Twelve (12) step meetings a week. The SSAC is a non-profit organization registered with the State of Illinois and IRS. We are not a recovery house, nor a treatment center. The purpose of the SSAC is to provide a safe drug and alcohol-free environment for our community and make 12 step programs available to them. The goal is to the rehabilitation of alcoholics, drug addicts, and many others working 12 step programs associated with the Club.
We provide a safe place for those who still suffer from Alcoholism and Drug additions so individuals and families can find a common solution to their Alcohol and/or Drug problem. The programs we support are Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Al-Anon, Codependents Anonymous (CoDA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and others if approved by the Board. This website contains more information that we hope you find useful in getting to know what we’re about and the services we provide.
How we started
Adeline a member of Alcoholics Anonymous used to spend her winters in warm and sunny Arizona, like most snow birds do. One winter, while in Arizona she began to attend a Club House that held meetings for Alcoholics Anonymous. Once she returned to home, she insisted upon the fact that a Club House must be opened in the Chicago South Suburbs. Adeline owned and entire block, which ran between Ridge Rd. and Dixie Hwy. In 1973, she donated a store front for the very first home of the SSAC. Jolly, a member of Alcoholics Anonymous was the clubs very first president and Guy Cleland member of Alcoholics Anonymous also, was the club’s first vice president.
The first event put on at the club was a dance with Art Hodes, whom was also a member and very famous Jazz musician. The profit from this dance came out to exactly $225.00. With this profit, a television was brought for the club which in turn cost exactly $225.00. After a couple of years, the group out grew the store front location. The SSAC then moved to an old house in Chicago Heights and stayed there for approximately one year. The SSAC then moved again, this time to St. Irenaeus, a church in Park Forest.
One day at a time
The Club was held in the basement of the church. The SSAC remained there for 20 years. While at this location, members of the club complete remodeled the basement in order to fit the needs of the many meetings being held there. The one group that started the whole SSAC was “Homewood 17”. This group got its name due to the fact that it was the 17th. A.A. meeting stablished in the Chicagoland area. Wherever the Club moved to, “Homewood 17” , later known as “The Animal House”, followed. “Homewood 17” has had all its meetings at the SSAC
since 1973 to this date. In 2000, the Club made its final move to its current location. Members of the SSAC rehabed and remodeled the entire building located at 2029 Hillview Dr. in Chicago Heights, IL. in order to make it a safe and friendly place where the 12 steps and 12 traditions can not only be talked about, but also be practiced. Today the SSAC is the home of nearly 35 meetings, is and had been the safe-house of many people and we hope to be the safe-house and a tempered palce where the new generations can find a solution to this disease known as Alcoholism, through the A.A. program.
The SSAC history as told by: Guy Cleland, the first vice president of the SSAC. In 2014 Guy celebrated 45 years of continuous sobriety.
Closed Meeting Statement
Closed meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous
This is closed meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. In support of A.A.’s singleness of purpose, attendance at closed meetings is limited to persons who have a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol, you are welcome to attend this meeting. We ask that when discussing our problems, we confine ourselves to those problems as they relate to alcoholism.
(The 1987 General Service Conference made this statement available
as an A.A. service piece for those groups who wish to use it.)
The Legacy of A.A.
& The Big Book
Dr. Bob died Nov. 16, 1950 and Bill W. passed on Jan. 24, 1971, but the legacy they left behind continues to touch the lives of millions.