Author: FFR

Choose to take that Chance to Change

Hey friends, I was at the courthouse yesterday to support one of our participants and although his case got delayed (God’s got this) I ran into one of our participants who informed me that he will be completing the Dad’s program here in a couple of weeks. I noted to this young man that he absolutely looks incredible and after we finished our pleasant exchanges, he said that he would be calling FFR to complete his treatment program. Why am I describing this encounter this morning? Because it was 2 years ago that this young man originally came through...

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Restoring Families

On Thursday December 10th at the offices of the Foundations for Recovery I got to witness a Dad being reunited with his 12 year old daughter and his 10 year old son who he hasn’t seen in over 2 years. I decided to journal what I was seeing and hearing coming from the lobby of FFR. Our client (Mark*) who celebrated 1 year of sobriety from alcohol on December 1, 2015 is having the most joyous time right now. The laughter coming from the front office as I hide in my office (giving them family time) is absolutely causing...

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An Attitude of Gratitude

Hey Friends, It’s that time of year again to consider making your year end gift to your favorite charitable organization. Please consider the Foundations for Recovery. The gift you give today will surely help a life tomorrow. Our goals are many but I know that “we have not because we ask not” James 4:2   Goals for 2016: Men & Women’s Adult Peer Mentoring: Providing Peer Support Youth Mentoring Program: “Step Up, Speak Out, Stand Firm” providing high risk young people caught in addiction help to overcome. Parents Support Group: Providing needed support to families and parents of loved ones caught in the grip of addiction Steve Hale Memorial Educational Center: Raise crucial funding to provided computers for education, employment search and resume building, enhance basic skills including personal finances, provided addiction webinars for training of participants and coaches. Fundamentals in Peer Support Leadership Training: We are planning on having 3 new training dates this coming year. Winter 2016 class scheduled for Feb 19th, 20th, 26th, 27th and March 4th Insurance: To get established and approved to begin billing for services being rendered at FFR. With the understanding that we would never deny treatment to those who would be unable to pay. Peerpocalypse – Leadership Workshop – March 14th through 16th 2016 Multiple Pathways to Recovery Conference (Hartford CT)– Director Doug Gould presenting a workshop on Faith Based Recovery...

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“Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media”

I took Juno my dog to the new Hawthorne Park the other day to check out the new surrounding and saw something incredibly interesting…although most of the smaller kids were involved in creating their own fun among the playground equipment, I saw some Parents along with some JR High School children totally oblivious to the beauty of the day or the enjoyment of the laughter coming from the playground….In a recent article entitled; ” Teens spend a ‘mind-boggling’ 9 hours a day using media, report says” – it was noted that some youth check their social accounts up to 100 times a day…. This concerns me, why? Because we are developing a false “validation” of identity and losing our basic skills of “communication.”. I am not sure about you but when I make eye contact with another individual it provides me a sense of support knowing that my feelings are being acknowledged. The article continues and states the following; “Texting is so much less empathetic than having a conversation in person and looking somebody in the eye and having physical or at least a verbal presence with them.” What I find humorist with this heartfelt message is that I have to use “social network” to get my point across. Don’t get me wrong I believe that “social networking’ can be a valuable tool in getting your message out. But...

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