H. B. “Hub” Carroll, a welder in Deer Park, Texas, was described as a colorful guy, a real character, and a tough old boilermaker. He was over 6’ 2”, 220 pounds who wore worn out shoes and overalls and a hat with a long beard. Hub’s life was radically changed when he recovered from alcoholism through the 12 Steps. Though he was a physically imposing man, he had a heart of gold and in 1952, Hub wanting to help other alcoholics, invited a man to live in his home in the hopes of helping him recover. In the mid 1950s, Hub started utilizing his welding shop and bought a home next door to his to help more men recover from alcoholism. 25 years later, with the help of W.F. Wooster and R.D. Butler, Hub established The Wheelhouse as a non-profit entity. For much of his life, Hub Carroll lived the 12th step and through his legacy, hundreds of men have emerged stronger, healthier, and models of good citizens of our community.
The 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous
1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.