Archive for March, 2011
Today is an exciting day for Tom, one of the recent graduates of our Men’s Recovery Program. After a year of challenging self-examination, key life skills training, and vital relapse prevention counseling, Tom is leaving SBRM and moving out into the community. Having already made the move from our Men’s Program to our independent Sober Living facility, he is now moving on to his own place as he begins his new full-time job as Assistant Manager at a local fuel station. What an encouragement he is to those men and women still in the program who hope to follow in his footsteps!
Even more exciting than the present success of independent living and a full time job, Tom is also a stunning example of our vision here at SBRM. Just a little over a year ago, he was homeless in Santa Barbara and lost in his addiction. But today he stands tall as a healthy, productive citizen who continues to rebuild his relationships and who is leading others to recovery. That’s exactly why we do what we do, all to God’s glory!
Saying farewell to a friend usually implies a person but in this case it happens to be a vehicle. The Rescue Mission enjoyed the service of a 1984 Dodge van that was donated to us in 2001. Steve Goralski, our men’s program director, said “It had more miles on it than the space shuttle.” However, a week ago it burst into flames and after dousing the fire with five extinguishers, “Old Blue” is no more. This was the only means of transportation for the men in our 12-month residential program, and we’re in desperate need of a replacement. Please contact Rebecca at (805) 966-1316, if you’re able to help.
These events give community members a firsthand look at what their compassion makes possible every day. Before a tour of the Mission facilities, visitors hear the inspiring testimony of one of our graduates whose life has been radically changed by the 12-month residential recovery program.
Our “60 Minutes at the Mission” events are just one hour and held on the second Wednesday of every month. If you’d like to learn more about the Rescue Mission, please sign up for the next event by contacting Rebecca at (805) 966-1316 ext. 105 today!