Month: December 2017

Honoring Our Roots in Recovery

This week I had the privilege to visit historic Alina Lodge in Blairstown, New Jersey. I was honored by the opportunity to share my own recovery story at annual Alina Holiday Alumni Luncheon. During my visit I was able to tour Alina’s historic campus with board president Sally Shaw and Alina’s irrepressible and charismatic executive director Michael Hornstein.The spirit of the Lodge’s matriarch and founder Geraldine Owen Delany is alive and well. You can feel Mrs. Delaney’s loving presence in the unity and commitment of the “students;” the compassion and wisdom of the staff; and the unapologetic embrace of recovery among many generations of grateful and sober alumni.I came away from my two days in Blairstown with a renewed sense of warmth and wonder, and a reminder that miracles will happen when we – like Alina Lodge – never, ever forget where we came from.Bob Ferguson

Jaywalker Service – Houston, TX

She’d dedicated her life in service to others, working homeless shelters throughout​ the city of Houston. Carrione could not anticipate the day that she would be joining them, her home ravaged by 4′ of floodwater. She spent 2 days across the street on the second floor of a neighbor’s home. She was joined by many, some elderly and wheelchair bound. Rescue boats finally arrived to take them to higher ground. The ordeal had just begun for she and thousands more. 3 months living in a motel, void of her possessions, her cars, her home. Nothing left but resolve, starting from scratch. She welcomed us with prayers of thanks, grateful not to be forgotten in the haze of catastrophe. Her recovery was our recovery, a common bond of working together to pick up the pieces if shattered lives. Our task involved more than gutting walls and hauling debris. It was about…

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