Queen of the Misfits

In 1987, a social worker by the name of Harriet Rossetto made the decision to champion the cause of helping incarcerated Jewish men re-enter society. Through a unique partnership with Gateway Hospital, Beit T’Shuvah halfway house was born.

Rabbi Mark Borovitz and Harriet Rossetto

Partnering, then marrying, the former convict, Mark Borovitz, the two broken souls went on to create a winning formula for snatching souls from the mouth of hell and placing them on the path to recovery. Over the course of 32 years, Beit T’Shuvah has grown into a renowned treatment organization and has transformed the lives of countless addicts in the process.

Today with her husband, Rabbi Mark Borovitz, Rossetto and their team of 100 plus treatment and administrative specialists, work to further the mission of Beit T’Shuvah and to help the organization continue to flourish as one of this nation’s most renowned non-profit addiction treatment organizations.

Our Story

Our Founder: Harriet Rossetto

Celebrating our Founder

Harriet Rossetto started Beit T’Shuvah over 30 years ago with a tremendous humanitarian task: to heal broken souls and change a broken system. Harriet’s belief that addiction is a malady of the soul requiring spiritual healing inspired her to create a thriving therapeutic community that supports addicts of all kinds, wherever they are in life. Her greatest reward is witnessing and participating in the miracle of transformation. Her view that everyone is capable of redemption is at the core of why she empowers the residents of Beit T’Shuvah with employment, hiring approximately 80% of her staff from within. Today they are the lifeblood of the organization.

Today, Harriet is a sought-after speaker in synagogues and community groups worldwide. She received her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, and is now a trainer for the National Association of Social Workers, teaching classes about the treatment and philosophy of the “dis-ease” of addiction. Harriet is also an author of the book Sacred Housekeeping: A Spiritual Memoir.

The community has recognized Harriet’s perseverance, commitment and originality in sustaining this unique program. Harriet received the 1991 Alan Kassin award for professional achievement from the Jewish Communal Professionals. In 1991, Harriet received the Vision in Philanthropy Award.