The Jacksonville Alcoholics Benevolence Association (JABA) was founded in 1982 when the first members met at a Jacksonville "drinking hole" called the Fiesta Lounge. The meeting was moved to a private home, a church and then to the Phillips Mall. Finally, in 1985, our founder, Lawrence W. "Pappy" Norsworthy found JABA's present home. Pappy passed in 1997 as a sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous for 52 years.
Today the JABA Club continues to advance Pappy's vision of carrying the message of Hope to anyone that suffers from substance abuse. The JABA Club property consists of a meeting hall, a clubhouse, and provides transitional housing to help men in early recovery.
The JABA Club is an organization, run by it's members, that preserves the mission of helping anyone suffering from addiction on their recovery journey. The JABA Club houses 12 step meetings for recovery groups, structured living quarters for residents on the premises, and provides a venue for sober events.