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.

Life Will Never Change QuoteWhy am I describing this encounter this morning? Because it was 2 years ago that this young man originally came through the doors of FFR, and although he stumbled in his own recovery, the seeds of faith that was planted in his life over 2 years ago and now coming to growth.

But the growth only comes through making the right "choices" and by taking a "chance" to forget the old friends, the old environment and the old behavior, when we in recovery can do that, we "change."

So, if your finding yourself still walking in the status quo in your recovery give us a call, we'll help you along your pathway to recovery which of course is taking that chance to change by making the right choice.

God Bless


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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. father-daughter-son2

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 me to have an overwhelming heart of gratitude. A thankfulness to my Lord who brought me out of the muck and mire of my own addiction and now is using me through the ministry of the Foundations for Recovery of giving HOPE to another.

With that I want to personally say "Thank You" to all our wonderful donors and supporters who provide monthly financial support to FFR.  It is because of your donation that allowed this father at no cost to him to receive addiction treatment.  If it wasn't for the generosity of those seeing the vision of FFR in taking the message of HOPE to those suffering in addiction this family reunion would have never occurred.

"Return to your Lord, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you."  Zechariah 9:12

God truly does restore.  So please consider the Foundations for Recovery for your year end giving donation. We appreciate your support and I would have to say from the giggling I hear from Dad and his children they also appreciate it as well.


(*Name altered to provide anonymity to our FFR client)

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An Attitude of Gratitude


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

2016 Drive Out Drugs Recovery Festival - September 16th & 17th - Harry & David Field

Pear Blossom Challenge: Not to mention that Doug will be participating once again in the 5K Pear Blossom Challenge so he can continue to raise funds while losing weight to reach his goal

Community Car Wash: "Get your Car Clean so other can Get Clean" Car Wash Day

Housing: Our desire is to obtain two homes so that FFR can provide clean & sober housing facilities for Men and Women.

Employment: to provide part time paid employment to our recovery coaches

But most of all to be a light to this community so that others can experience God's love and forgiveness and to "Disable the Labels" that addiction places on so many. I am a firm believer that if you give someone HOPE, then their is a greater possibility of complete restoration. Thank you again for your support.


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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.".

social networkingI 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 I need to remember that a face to face conversation is even better. Thanks for listening and have a blessed day.

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Happy 4th Anniversary

HOPE IN RECOVERY 4th Anniversary

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What do you see?

"Some People Only See The Land, But I See A Church” Pastor Todd Hoskins"

Dear Friends of the Foundations,

The above message is actually posted on the website of Redemption Christian Tabernacle in Visalia, Ohio. It was given to Pastor Todd years before their church was actually built where it stands today. It was one man’s vision that caused others to move out in faith.
Allow me to take a moment of your time and share with you what this statement has done for me and my faith. In 2011 the doors of the Foundations for Recovery were opened with the understanding of providing Faith Based Recovery through the unique approach of personalized recovery coaching. In March of 2012 our original founder Steve Hale went to be home with the Lord, opening the position of the Executive Director. It was at that time I heard in my spirit these words, “Doug I called you to be an adjuster not of property damages, but of lives caught within the grip of addiction.” It was at that time I left my work at Allstate Insurance and took the position to direct an agency that I truly believe is being a “light” in this community. We are seeing lives change because God’s word is true when it says in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. “

trailblazerIn 2007 I received a DUI; the damage to my car is a “daily reminder” of that horrendous day. I have yet to fix the damage and some folks can’t seem to figure out why I haven’t. Its not that I am a person that likes to remind myself of the past; what it actually does is to fill my mind with what the scripture says in 1 Corinthians 15:10: “But for the grace of God I am what I am…” In other words it is a daily reminder that God’s grace can be given to anyone who seeks to know HIM. It also reminds that recovery is possible, so therefore I use my vehicle to instill within the lives I am able to influence, the idea that change is possible.
Since the Lord has personally taken me out from the grip of my alcoholism and placed me in a position of service as Director of FFR, I have learned one important lesson. I will continue to use my “voice” in taking the message of HOPE to those within our community, businesses, churches and homes that God can and will deliver.
Please consider supporting our efforts. In the past 4 years we have grown financially because of friends like you. But there is so much more to do. We have an opportunity once again to move into a larger facility as well as add additional staffing at FFR. If you can become a new donor or perhaps increase and lift your support to a new level then we ask that you give not because we have a need at FFR, but rather because you see our vision of changing lives, restoring families and providing HOPE. Thank you again for your support!

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Open House Planned for Friday July 10th

Open House for New Location

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Parent & Family Member Support Group

parent & family member support groupThe Foundations for Recovery is offering an 8 week course for those seeking support in the area of family assistance.  This course will offer information that hopefully will provide you with the necessary tools to communicate effectively with those who are caught in the grip of addiction.  Please call 541-245-HOPE (4673) and reserve your spot today.


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A Mother’s Day Interview

Interview with Shawna V                               (18 Months of Sobriety)
Q: When did you first hear about FFR?
A: I first heard about FFR from my cousin she was posting on Facebook about how much help she was getting.. I had just made the choice to get clean and sober and was searching for like minded people and a safe place to express how I was feeling. Q: What was your drug of choice and how long did you struggle with your addiction (s)? A: My first choice would be alcohol and marijuana but a close second would be cocaine and meth

Q: What does it feel like to celebrate Mothers Day being clean and sober? Can you remember a time you were not?
A: Amazing, it feels like a reward to be able to spend time with my children and my mother being able to be present and appreciate every moment I get. Yes I have been loaded on Mother's Day and I know now my children were disappointed that I really couldn't be in the moment because I was so busy planning to meet up with someone to drink and do drugs.
Q: How long have you been clean & sober and what would you tell someone thinking about getting clean.
A: On May 9, I will have 18 months.

Q. WOW! That’s incredible congratulations! What would tell someone who is thinking about seeking sobriety and beginning a recovery program?                   A. Personally the best decision I have ever made and I would want to be honest and let them know it was and still is something I have to fight for, there is no easy way around it but some things that have helped me are: Taking responsibility for make actions. Seeking help ( 12 steps, meetings, sponsors, family) Changing People, Places, Things that might send me into relapse. Taking care of myself spiritual, physically, mentally. Forgiving myself and others...Being Grateful! One thing I do and have done from the very first day I made the choice was remember one day at a time and finding the blessings that sobriety has given me.. Which is one more day free from addiction!

Q. Just one more question and thank you again for speaking with us today. Why would you recommend FFR to someone?
A. Yes I would recommend FFR it felt comfortable to express how I felt about my addiction and myself without being judged. And I feel like FFR's goal was my goal to help me find away to be free from addiction and restore my relationships and be able to see hope in the future.

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Doug’s Pear Blossom 5K Challenge


OK my friends, As you know I am ON A DIET! In the past 71 days I have been able to drop 65 pounds. Why all of a sudden the change? It all started when I was speaking with a participate about their use of drugs and the continual relapsing that was happening in his program. As I began to share with him my suggestions about his program, I believe I had one of those "God Shot Moments." The words in which I was attempting to convey to this young man was being echoed in my thoughts about my food addiction. Therefore, I made the decision right there to take my own suggestion. This began my new journey. Therefore I need your support as I have taken the challenge to participate in this years Pear Blossom 5k Run. As you know I always look for ways to raise funding for FFR. So I have decided to create my "One Man Jog-a-thon" in hopes to bring awareness in our community that in fact there are many types of addictions. So, will you help me with my challenge and pledge your financial support in helping FFR raise $ 2000 per kilometer (THAT'S $ 10,000.00). Simply contact the offices at FFR (541)-292-2050 and provide us your pledge along with your address and we will send your confirmation. Or click on the attached website address and complete your survey form.  Remember your gift is tax deductible and the funding will help FFR continue to bring hope to many in our community wanting freedom from their addictions. Thank you

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