Stepping Stones is the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, who lived in the house from 1941 until their deaths in 1971 and 1988, respectively. Bill Wilson was a co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and the author of four books, including Alcoholics Anonymous(1939). In Alcoholics Anonymous, aka “the Big Book”, Wilson disseminated the idea of alcoholism as an illness and provided a program – the 12 Steps – for treating alcoholism and maintaining sobriety. The 12 Steps and AA enabled, and continue to enable, millions of people around the world to achieve and sustain lasting sobriety and helped reshape the public’s perception of alcoholics.
Lois Wilson was a co-founder of Al-Anon (a derivitive of “Al”coholics-“Anon”ymous -which shows our association and common journey from the start) as a result of seeing her husband’s life and attitude improve while she still lived with pain, resentment and anger from being affected by her husband’s prior drinking. She, and other family members realized that they too needed a path of spiritual growth. Al-Anon family groups adopted the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous, and continue to encourage and support others who have been affected by a loved one’s or friend’s drinking in a world-wide fellowship.
When Lois and Bill Wilson moved to Stepping Stones in 1941 in Bedford Hills, NY., they began a tradition of opening their home to friends and visitors from all over the world. This tradition continues at Stepping Stones today, and we are delighted that you are now a part of it.
Stepping Stones is a special place, and visitors are often surprised at how affecting the Wilson home is. Almost everyone in Alcoholics Anonymous, the fellowship co-founded by Bill, and the one co-founded by Lois, Al-Anon Family Groups, can trace their sponsorships back to the two remarkable people who lived there.
Very little has changed in the house since the Wilsons last lived in it. The Stepping Stones Foundation, the non-profit organization to which the house now belongs, endeavors to make the house, now a museum, as authentic and homey as it always was. The house reflects the love and warmth of the people who lived in it as well as those who come year after year to see it.
The Stepping Stones Alano Club is named after the home of Lois and Bill’s home.
On January 28, 2002, is a “start up cost analysis & projections” report for the Club. The first meeting was held at the Reparatory Theater in Newhall on San Fernando Road. Subsequent meetings were held at the Hilton Valencia Garden Inn. As time went on additional meetings were held in private homes. As the needs of the group changed so did the locations.
January 2002 – XX 20xx – Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre, 24266 San Fernando Road, Santa Clarita
XX 2002 – XX 20xx – Hilton Valencia Garden Inn, 27710 The Old Road, Valencia
XX 20xx – XX 20xx – xx Camp Plenty Road, Canyon Country
XX 20xx – October 2015: 22802 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita
October 2015 – Present: 24508 Lyons Avenue, Santa Clarita