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Dr. Bob's Home, Akron

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Dr. Bob's Home

Founders Foundation

Our primary purpose is to maintain, restore and preserve the property at 855 Ardmore Avenue which was the family home of physician Robert Holbrook Smith, affectionately known as Dr. Bob, one of the founding fathers of Alcoholics Anonymous. This historic site in Akron, Ohio is the birthplace of this internationally known fellowship, which subsequently became the foundation of numerous other twelve-step programs that are improving the lives of millions.

Second, our ongoing mission is to help alcoholics by preserving the atmosphere of acceptance where early members achieved and maintained their sobriety. This prevailing attitude is simply expressed in our greeting, "WELCOME HOME".

Third to educate the local community and beyond on how Dr. Bob's home played a part in the formation of Alcoholics Anonymous and the manner in which alcoholics were helped in the early days.
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  • Dr. Bob's Home offers visitors a special "spiritual presence" of the man as if he's just stepped out and could return at any moment. We could "feel" the Serenity of Oxford Group spirituality and the....  more »
  • Very informative and the guides seemed to like having us there. This place is not just for alcoholics to visit. I am not an alcoholic but I learned so much about the house and its activities.  more »
  • It was like being at Elvis's house. There was a star struck feeling about it. The folks there were as welcoming as if I was at a out of town meeting. Very friendly not to mention knowledgeable. A must go-to is ever in Akron
  • Great experience! Walking through Dr Bob's house, the tour is awesome. Tour guide very informed regarding the history of AA. Really pleased! Thank you Wayne.👍

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