This Week's Beit T'Shuvah Spotlight
This Week's Beit T'Shuvah Spotlight: Dr. Bill Resnick
Dr. Bill Resnick wears many hats: psychiatrist, Board Chairman, and marathoner. And that’s just this week. Whether it’s in a board meeting, his weekly Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention group, or marathon training at the beach, you’re bound to see Dr. Resnick—if you don’t blink. For someone so busy, however, he’s very accessible. Always wearing a bright smile, Dr. Resnick has taken a larger role at Beit T’Shuvah and he’s a happier man for it.
In 2005, his father suggested he visit Beit T’Shuvah, thinking Bill would have something to offer as a Jewish psychiatrist, a very active member of the Los Angeles community and a recovering addict. He was right. “I met with some of the residents, heard their stories, and I was very moved. I talked to Harriet, Rabbi and Warren Breslow and by the time I left, I was interested in getting involved pretty deeply,” he says.
What piqued his interest in Beit T’Shuvah, along with his initial connection to the residents, was the open-minded community coupled with a relevant approach to Judaism. “The palpable nature of the community here is what a lot of long-term psychiatric hospitals used to offer but no longer do because the insurance companies stopped paying for it. That was the kind of environment I had gotten help from in the 1980s,” Bill says.
His first venture at the House of Return was a weekly process group for the counselors to talk about their struggles with clients, working at Beit T’Shuvah, and any other issues that arise along the way. “We created a safe, supportive space for them. It’s been a real privilege to be here and do that,” Bill says.
Dr. Resnick soon became a pillar of the community. A psychiatrist with an MBA, he is Beit T’Shuvah’s Board Chairman with a unique perspective on recovery and nonprofit organization management. Anyone who’s spoken with Dr. Resnick knows that he’s a very genuine individual with a calm affect, the picture of serenity in a community of coordinated chaos. What really stands out about Bill is his selfless attentiveness. You really feel that he’s hearing you; he cares about your struggle and how he can help. That sincerity extends to his involvement with the BTS Marathon Team.
While on the board of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, Bill was one of the top rider fundraisers for the AIDS Lifecycle, an event that draws thousands of participants. He has carried that drive to Beit T’Shuvah’s marathon, raising just short of $30,000 this year alone. A consummate role model, Dr. Resnick finds it more appropriate to ask for contributions if he’s putting himself out there as well. Running and fundraising for Beit T’Shuvah in the L.A. Marathon is one of the myriad ways he demonstrates his commitment and opens the Beit T’Shuvah community to more support and influence.
Dr. Resnick explains, “it has been really meaningful this year to be running with my fiancé Michael Stubbs. [We] really enjoy interacting with people who are in early recovery in the house. Doing something that seems impossible, that you can make that happen—it teaches a valuable lesson in life, let alone recovery. Seeing there’s a path toward achieving that goal, that’s pretty remarkable.”
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