What is a Central Office?
A central office (or Intergroup) is an A.A. service office that involves a partnership among groups in a community – just as A.A. groups themselves are partnerships of individuals. A central office is established to carry out certain functions common to all the groups – functions which are best handled by a centralized office – and it is usually maintained, supervised, and supported by these groups in their general interest. It exists to aid the groups in their common purpose of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers. 1
How the San Francisco/Marin Central Office Began
As Alcoholics Anonymous grew in the Bay Area, the first Central Office in San Francisco was established on January 27, 1947 at 693 Sutter St. In the early days, the Central Office served all of Northern California except for Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Since its first location on Sutter St., over 50 years ago, Central Office moved five times before reaching its present location. Central Office has been at 1821 Sacramento St. between Van Ness and Franklin in San Francisco since November 2001.
Your Central Office Today
Today, Central Office, legally called the Intercounty Fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous, serves San Francisco and Marin counties. It is staffed by three special workers and dozens of helpful volunteers. Together, these members work to insure that the solution that Alcoholics Anonymous offers is available to all who seek assistance. Central Office functions as both a business center and service center for our area through its physical and virtual presence and the wide array of service committees. This is where the 12th Step meets the 9th Tradition!
1 Reprinted from A.A. Guidelines, Central or Intergroup Offices, aa.org