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Toronto, November 14, 2019. Today Charity Intelligence releases its 2019 Top 10 Impact Charities. A growing number of donors each year are looking for terrific charities to support, particularly those that have measurable high demonstrated impact. “Impact” and “investing” are popular buzzwords often used by charities along with marketing slogans saying they “make a difference”. Charity Intelligence’s rigorous analysis measures the “difference”, or the impact, charities make. Like all investments, returns vary considerably. Some charities have high impact returns, some charities have low impact returns. Of the 203 Canadian charities that we’ve analysed for impact, these Top 10 have the highest measurable demonstrated impact. Our calculations estimate this group of Top 10 Impact Charities delivers average returns of seven times for every dollar donated, compared with average returns of 1-2 times on the dollar.

These Top Impact Charities are a breed apart from the over 750 Canadian charities we report on and rate. Charity Intelligence’s star ratings are based on an assessment of 4 objective aspects: 1. donor reporting, 2. financial transparency, 3. funding need, and 4. cents to the cause. The best charities are listed using this approach in the 2019 100 Highest Rated report. The demonstrated impact rating is different and looks at only one aspect: for every dollar you donate, what’s the measurable return? Rather than just heart-warming stories, impact donors feel good about proven results, data quality, and strong counterfactuals. Recently a charity asked, “wouldn’t you agree that making a child smile is priceless?” Our answer is “no”. Impact donors always consider opportunity costs. Impact donors are pragmatic. Money is a scarce resource. If comparing two charities where one charity saves lives for $100,000 each and a second charity saves lives for $20,000 each, impact donors will support the second charity that creates 5 times the impact per dollar. Five lives saved compared with one life saved for the same donation. Impact donors give for the highest returns – the biggest bang for the buck.

Some call Charity Intelligence a “charity watchdog”. We see ourselves as research analysts who help Canadian donors give better. Yes, we hold charities to account for the generous support they receive from Canadian donors and expect them to be financially transparent, and yes, we call out exorbitant overhead costs or charities that don’t need more funding. Similarly, each giving season we also call out the best impact charities we’ve found. Charity Intelligence’s reports are independent – charities do not pay for ratings or accreditation.Charity Intelligence’s reports and ratings help Canadians give confidently. With greater confidence, people say they gave 32% more money.

About Charity Intelligence:Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors. Charity Intelligence reviews and rates over 750 Canadian charities and provides in-depth reports on philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer research, and homelessness. Today, over 390,000 users come to Charity Intelligence’s website ( as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence helps donors be informed and give intelligently. Charity Intelligence aims to assist Canada’s dynamic sector to be more transparent, accountable and focused on results.

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Little by Little

Little by little, your contributions, and those of the friends you share this with, will help 18 men get better and create a better life for the little people who rely on these men. Here is a letter from Brandon, a son whose dad didn’t get treatment and now advocates for addiction recovery, so men like his dad CAN get the help they need.

My dad was many things, a fireman, a hockey coach, a scrabble player and the best waffle maker in our city (in my opinion) - but growing up his struggle was like an intermittent undercurrent pulling us down and suddenly swirling our family in any direction without warning.

He always had a job, we always had food on the table, he was kind, he was loving and he was loved.  My dad was a good man.  My dad was also unwell.  For many years my mom would try and clean up his messes (and hers) to keep the illusion that we were a “good family”. It was a deadly illusion … the shame and stigma they felt kept them from reaching out and getting the treatment and support he needed, frankly that we all needed.  

I was too young to really do anything at the time but looking back I could feel that my parents were both quietly drowning. My dad never had the opportunity to get help and, in the end, he lost his battle with his addiction. If my mom and I could do it all over, we would have shouted it out to whomever would have listened that we needed help.

The fact is, that 75% of alcoholics and addicts hold jobs. They have families, make waffles, laugh, love, serve community and keep their commitments.  It’s not until the end stages that they lose it all; which are the images that we see of what an “addict ” is.  This is not an accurate picture.  Substance use starts for most people in their youth and for people that have this disease - it is a tough road back. 

It’s also a fact that 90% of alcoholics and addicts do not receive the help that could save their lives because they either don’t know they need help, don’t know it’s available or can’t afford it.

Each year, in my dad’s name, I send a donation to Fresh Start to help another man get the help he needs, so his children can have a better life.  Fresh Start is nationally recognized for their addiction treatment program and I am grateful that I hear about the many fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sons who do get better ... and the families who get better and stronger as a result.

Your gift to Fresh Start Recovery Centre of up to $50 US through the Global Giving Little by Little challenge will earn an extra 50% in matching funds starting right NOW and lasting until 10PM MDT on Friday, August 16th, while matching funds last! 

To donate simply click on the Purple Heart below

Addiction is an illness that is progressive and often fatal if left untreated. The good news is that with the treatment, support and a program of recovery that your help provides, people can and do live healthy, happy and productive lives. Thank you for partnering with us to make a difference. Together we are impacting and restoring lives.

Thank you!

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Booking the Food Truck

Good Day and Happy Spring! As many of you know, we have started our social enterprise venture by joining the ranks of the awesome food trucks here in Calgary.   We are kicking off our first full season and would like to give our supporters the first opportunity at booking us.  Last year we served at many private events as well as workplace lunch and learns. This is a great way to introduce your coworkers and community to the gifts of recovery and the Fresh Start movement.  They will be able to enjoy a recovery themed meal and they will know that when they eat with us, they are DOING GOOD with all profits helping more men and families get well.  The food truck called Eleven-Eleven is part of our social enterprise project under Fresh Start Recovery Centre's umbrella thanks to the generous donation by The McCook Family Foundation.

Our menu is themed for addiction recovery, with items such as The Friends of Bill W Cheeseburger and Primary Purpose Poutine, our menu items resonate with our recovery community and elicits questions from those not fluent in the recovery language.  We are here to inspire a message of hope and wellness. We employ and provide opportunities to people in recovery, and are continuing to change the conversation surrounding addiction recovery to a more positive one.  Recovery saves lives and impacts families for the better. If you would like to find out pricing and/or more information please visit our website or contact 

When you book with us, you can be confident that you will Eat Good and Do Good. Thank you so much - -We are honored to be able to share our lives, work and service with you.

Kindest Regards,

Mr. Stacey Petersen RSW

Executive Director


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Holiday Blessings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time for reflection, service, celebration, gratitude, family and spending time with loved ones. It can also be a difficult time for some people.  If that is the case for you or a loved one, we would like to remind you to reach out or perhaps drop into the centre for a coffee and a visit.  Holiday time can be best spent with others, we are staffed 24/7 and this is no different over the holidays.  

We ARE a community that shows up for one another –whether you are a donor, supporter, family member, resident, alumni, volunteer, board member, staff or friend of Fresh Start - - this movement is about the tapestry of lives woven together to make lasting change… and change we are making. In ourselves, in others, in this city and country.

We are honored to be able to share our lives, work and service together with you in joy and love.

‘Tis the season to wish one another loving kindness and peace. These are our wishes for you, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays our dear friends, may you feel the love this special season.

Many Blessings, 

Stacey and The Fresh Start Staff

Christmas is the spirit of giving without a thought of getting. It is happiness because we see joy in people. It is forgetting self and finding time for others. It is discarding the meaningless and stressing the true values. — Thomas S. Monson

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He's Someone

He is someone who everybody loved.

He is someone who was friends with everyone.  

He is someone who had such potential.

He is someone’s father, uncle and son.

And yet, none of this matters – because addiction doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter who he is or who he was, at Fresh Start he is someone. 

With record numbers of overdose deaths, chronic alcoholism and fentanyl poisoning, this Christmas we think it’s time to get real and talk about our humanity. It is the one thing we all share. We don’t need to qualify a person by their behaviors, who they are or what they have – we need to get them into treatment because they matter. Because all lives matter. Where there is life there is hope.

At Fresh Start we see miracles happen every day.  Men who come into treatment sick and broken, who get well and then truly start to live.  From their brokenness they rise, and they learn how to thrive.

The men who walk up our stairs to enter treatment all see a kick plate that reads “Welcome Home. You are no longer alone.” It acknowledges our shared connection and our shared humanity.  It reminds those embarking on a new life in recovery that they are coming home and coming home to oneself. 

The journey of addiction IS someone’s dark night of the soul… the journey of recovery asks us all to cast a light upon the silence, the shame and the stigma... and that takes courage.  We need you and your support to courageously shine the light. You have an opportunity to cast out the darkness.  You have an opportunity to be someone for someone. 

This is your invitation.  

To give this holiday season click here.

Much Gratitude, The Fresh Start Team

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Giving Tuesday YYC

Canadian Giving Tuesday (#GivingTuesdayCa) is almost here …Your help would be wonderful!!!

Since the first Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) in 2013, many wonderful friends like you have helped be part of the recovery solution, got more people talking about how recovery is possible and contributed funds to make that recovery possible for those who couldn’t afford a meal, let alone a day of recovery.


You might be interested to know that this year there are many more opportunities for you to be involved with Fresh Start to continue to be an important part of the recovery movement, including coming down and being with us at the kickoff of Giving Tuesday in Calgary (#GivingTuesdayYYC) this year.

#1 YOUR TWEET MEANS CASH FOR RECOVERY ($100,000 available)

YOU have been an important partner in Fresh Start’s success, making it possible for people affected by addiction to get the help they need but can’t necessarily afford and you have helped on Giving Tuesday.

On November 27th Benevity will pay $10 for every Retweet that mentions @FreshStartRC as follows:

On November 27th visit @Benevity on Twitter and find the #BeTheGood video pinned to Benevity’s Twitter Timeline

Retweet the Video – select “retweet with comment” and mention @FreshStartRC in your comment

For every retweet mentioning @FreshStartRC, Fresh Start receives $10 

#2 GlobalGiving has $150,000 in funding to match your donation

YOU may have donated to Fresh Start’s “Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men” project that earned SuperStar status earlier this year. Funds are denominated in either $US or British Pounds (‎£). For Canadian donors, Fresh Start converts to Canadian and sends you a tax receipt. For your friends and relatives in the US and UK, they get a tax receipt directly from GlobalGiving.


Go to “Your gift delivers #GratefulRecovery to 18 Men” between Nov. 26, 2018, at 22:00:00 (10:00 PM) MT and end at 21:59:59 (9:59 PM) MT on Nov. 27, 2018.

Make a one-time donation from $25US to $2,500US per unique donor or a new recurring/monthly donation from $20US/month to $200US and it will count towards earning a portion of the $150,000 Incentive Fund

Share the good news with your friends and family in the United States and the United Kingdom and encourage them to share in the success of Fresh Start, leverage their contribution and get a tax receipt.

  #3 Support Fresh Start on the Giving Tuesday site

Go to the GivingTuesdayCa site set up for Fresh Start and make your donation

Receive your tax receipt immediately

Have your donation count for the total GivingTuesdayYYC numbers to show how great Calgary is

Share your enthusiasm with others using the Hashtags #GivingTuesdayCa (Canada) and #GivingTuesdayYYC (Calgary) and @FreshStartRC on Twitter, @FreshStartRecovery on Facebook and Instagram

#4 Share your story of how Fresh Start has helped you

Take a short video (45 seconds or less) or a photograph with a “sign” saying why you are grateful to Fresh Start and how we have helped you. Please use tags #GratefulRecovery, #Unselfie (for photograph with sign) or #MyGivingStory (video) and #GivingTuesdayCa #GivingTuesdayYYC #MyGivingStory and @FreshStartRC (Twitter) @FreshStartRecovery on Facebook and a link to our donation page and share

#5  Join us at Fresh Start on #GivingTuesdayYYC and be part of the Community Kickoff of #GivingTuesdayCa

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1.Register for FREE on Eventbrite 

2.Come join us at 7:30 am (Parking in the Centre Street Church Campus 3900 2 St NE parking lot and take the shuttle to Fresh Start)

Shuttles Run from 7:15 – 9:45 am

Doors Open at Fresh Start at 7:30 am

Speakers/Program starts at 8:00 am (see schedule below) Event Ends 9:30 am

3.Enjoy a hot Gluten/Dairy/Egg Free breakfast featuring a signature Steel Cut Oat based Porridge from Eleven-Eleven Recovery Café (Fresh Start’s Social Enterprise)

4.Come and experience the excitement and energy of #GivingTuesdayYYC. You’ll have the chance to win special prizes including branded toques, one of 100 CanadaHelps Charity Gift Cards, take #Unselfies and #MyGivingStory pictures to share on Twitter and Instagram, meet with and hear (or read sign) community members representing different charities, schools, businesses, politicians and experience how the Calgary Community is celebrating and kicking off #GivingTuesdayYYC with insight from community leaders like:

GivingTuesdayYYC Co-Chair Wayne Steer, Past President – AFP Calgary & Area Chapter and Fresh Start Recovery Centre - Master of Ceremonies (Co-Chair -Derek Fraser, Past President – AFP Calgary & Area Chapter and Osborne Group)

Blessing by Casey Eaglespeaker (also known by his traditional name “Sorrel Horse” by his people within the Blackfoot Confederation) member of the Blood Tribe in Southern Alberta and Aboriginal Resource Coordinator/Traditional Counsellor at Hull Services

Calgary Foundation – Janice Francey, Co-Director, Communications, supporting a healthy and vibrant community since 2003. 

CAGP – Kevin Davidson, B.Comm. CFP, Gift Planning Consultant with Abundance Canada

AFP Calgary & Area – Carlene Chrumka, CFRE, AFP Calgary & Area Chapter President and Janus Academy

United Way of Calgary & Area - Kathleen McPherson, Vice President, Campaign and Resource Development at United Way of Calgary and Area (2017 Outstanding Fundraising Professional)

Calgary Economic Development - Megan Zimmerman, Business Development Manager, Energy, Green Economy & Technology at Calgary Economic Development (Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2018)

PropellUS - Andrea Young - Experienced Nonprofit Evaluator with extensive volunteering experience across the globe with a Master of Science (MSc) focused on International Development from the University of Bath.

CCVO – Karen Whiteman, Director, Policy and Programs, Karen has had a long-time love for the non-profit sector. Karen holds a B.A. and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Victoria.


Community Speakers


Renée Hopfner:  Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sobeys Inc. (2018 Hazel Gillespie Community Investment Leadership Award Recipient)

Greg McGillivary, Scenarios to Strategy Inc - Giving and Growing an Award-Winning Volunteer Program

Darren Biedermann, Creative Director (Owner), Supreme Men’s Wear (2018 Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist) 

Which ever way(s) you choose to help us celebrate GivingTuesday this year, please know that we continue to be extremely grateful for your love and support in whatever manner you choose to show it.


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Stacey Petersen, RSW

Executive Director

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The Good News

In the last couple of weeks, Fresh Start has been blessed with three really exciting pieces of news that we would like to share with you. 


1. Charity Intelligence Canada has recognized Fresh Start as being a Top 10 Impact Charity in Canada for the fourth year in a row based on the high Social Return on Investment (SROI) that Fresh Start delivers to community. Click here for full announcement. This kind recognition is based on performance that doesn’t happen in isolation. It is the work of an entire community coming together to be bigger than the sum of the parts. These parts include:

  • a core of caring volunteers including board members,
  • committed and engaged advocates who help spread the word,
  • thoughtful and dedicated donors who help keep the lights on, the staff fairly compensated and the doors open and
  • a passionate and compassionate staff who are committed to helping those who will work for their recovery to be able to change their life … one step at a time.

To all of you who share in this success, THANK YOU!

But that’s not all ….

2. One of Fresh Start’s long-time supporters – Supreme Men’s Wear Ltd. under the leadership of Darren Biedermann - has been named Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist.


3. Fresh Start has been selected to be one of five charities from across Canada to be part of the November 2018 National Advertising Challenge “NAC Cares” campaign. This “contest” invites the best advertising agencies in the country to create an outstanding advertising campaign for one or more of the five charities. If one of the Fresh Start campaigns is selected as a “top 3” in the Canadian judging, it will compete against other campaigns from all over the world at the Lion d'Or (Gold Lion) competition at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in Cannes, France in 2019.

If you know of an advertising agency that has “the chops”, please consider passing this along to them and invite them to create their best stuff for Fresh Start. Besides helping Fresh Start, they could profile their creative talents on the world stage.  


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Food Truck on a Mission

We would like to introduce you to our addiction recovery themed food truck called Eleven-Eleven, serving up great food and most of all…. HOPE. We have been operating this new venture on the Calgary streets for just over a month. Our tag line is “Eat Good. Do Good” and that is exactly what our social enterprise food truck and soon to be café is doing. Serving up recovery themed food items such as “The Dr. Bob (bacon burger) and The Bill Wilson (cheeseburger)” named after the Alcoholics Anonymous’ founders.


When you eat here you are doing more than just purchasing a meal, you could be saving a life. The food truck is part of a social enterprise project under Fresh Start Recovery Centre's umbrella with all profits generated going back into helping more men and families get well from the disease of addiction. The Eleven-Eleven staff all identifies that they are in recovery from something…whether that is substance use disorder, co-dependency or process addictions etc.


We are living proof of recovery and inspiring a message of hope and wellness. This is our Do-Good part of our tag line…. a BIG part of this initiative is working on changing the conversation surrounding addiction recovery. Addiction impacts us all, so whether you are in recovery, know someone in recovery, know someone that needs recovery or are somewhere in between, there has never been a better time to bring this issue forward.

Recovery saves lives and impacts families for the better. When you eat with us, you can be confident that you will Eat Good and Do Good.

If you would like to visit us for a meal, check out the Calgary Street Food App or visit our Eleven-Eleven social media pages for details of where we will be parked. If you are interested in booking the truck for your event or your work Christmas social, visit for booking process or contact

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First Father's Day

Tuesday, I became a dad. Yesterday was my one-year anniversary with my amazing and supportive wife. Today is my first Father's Day with our five-day old baby girl Zoey and on Tuesday we will be purchasing a condo in Hawaii (yes Hawaii) where we moved a few months ago. To say my life is a miracle is an understatement; and with the gift I have an opportunity to share it with others in hopes of helping, inspiring, or perhaps creating a little more ease in one’s life. If you are struggling - I get it. I did too. For most of my life. What I know is that you have to want this. With a true desire to change your life, a support system and a higher power - you can and will get better. I offer you how I worked the steps as you must do the work also to get better. Faith without works in dead.

I celebrated my five-year milestone this year and I know working the steps, REALLY working the steps is a game changer.

Step one, powerlessness and unmanageability; that was easy, and obvious if you’ve know any part of my story. Step two, came easily to me as well as I was raised to believe in God and had never really stopped believing, just fell out of practice. Step three, I began saying the third step prayer every day and praying for God to remove my obsession to use, and he did. Step four, my nemesis. I hated step four, and I still do. We bury all that pain for a reason, and the last thing I wanted to do least was dig it all up again, so I made every excuse I could. I thought, why do my step four if there’s nobody here to do my five with. Somebody suggested that I do my step five with the Chaplin, but then my excuse was that I wanted to do my step four the same way we did at Fresh Start, but I couldn’t remember exactly what the format was. So, I put it off again. So basically, I quit doing my steps altogether. But I did remain willing to change, and I did remain abstinent. The only reason I was granted parole was due to my release plan, which was to come to Fresh Start and seek treatment. I was in group my first day in the house, and before long step four came up. I gave it my all, I didn’t want to have to do it again, so I knew I had to get it right the first time. And I still hated it.

You know what, it was the step I got the biggest amount of relief from. When I did my step five I held poor sister Mary hostage for 3 ½ hours, I shared everything with her and with God, even some things I didn’t have the balls to write down. This is the most freeing feeling I’ve ever had. I felt elated. It just felt so good to let everything go. Afterwards we prayed, and she helped me identify my character defects. When I left, I went down to the river to pray and meditate, and a bird shit on me. It wasn’t just a little crap on my shoulder, it filtered down through the trees and sprayed me with a shower of shit. It was in my hair, on my face, my arms my chest, back and legs. I’m not sure what kind of bird it was but it must’ve been massive! Immediately I was furious, and I was about to scream but what came out was laughter. I was surprised by this and thought about it for a minute and was hit with an epiphany; throughout life I’m still going to get shit on, it’s my reaction that must change. I reviewed my step six list, and said my step seven prayer, which I still say every night to this day. For every step is a spiritual principle, and each one of these spiritual principles relates inversely to a character defect. That is to say, they cancel each other out. So, when we practice these principles and all our affairs, and help others, our defects are removed. We work on the outside, and God works on the inside. Step eight, I made a list of everyone I have harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. Not to say I was willing right away, but I became willing. Step nine, I’ve only made a few amends so far, but all of them have gone well, better than I expected. I made amends to my parent’s. I took them out for dinner, and afterwards I read them a list everything I had done to harm them throughout my addiction, and I apologized for all of it. By the end of it all they were crying, I was crying, but it was tears of joy and relief. Today I have a better relationship with my parents then I can ever remember having before. Even before I got into drugs. I realize they’re not going to be around forever, and I don’t take them for granted anymore. I can never make direct amends too all the people I sold meth to over the years. It’s just not practical, and it would put me in a dangerous position. So, I found a way to make indirect amends for these actions.

With the help of my sponsee, Chris, I started Calgary’s first Crystal Meth Anonymous group, with the hope of helping others recover from the addiction to crystal meth. The meeting has exploded! This was something that was long overdue in Calgary, and every time I see somebody there that I used to use with it warms my heart. Step 10, I’m really not looking forward to ever doing another step four again, so the way to avoid this is to stay vigilant with my step 10 by admitting my wrongs as soon as I realize I’ve made one, and therefore not getting any further resentments a chance to grow. Step 11, I’m not really one for meditation just prayer and quiet reflection, which might be the same thing, I don’t know. But I do make a habit of praying every day and asking God for knowledge of his will. Step 12, well, here I am caring the message. But not just this, I do a lot of service work for my home group in NA not to mention CMA, I stay connected to Fresh Start, and help by donating my time to the alumni whenever possible. Of course, I make a conscious effort to practice all 12 spiritual principles in all my affairs. We practice Conscious Contact versus Constant Comfort.

Deepest Gratitude and Respect, Chad Black.


To donate this Father's Day to help more men and famlies get well please click here. 



Impending Doom

Bob L. at the Banff Round Up left us with this aphorism: “I was always cleaning up the wreckage of the future.”

One understanding of this is the fear and anxiety that I experience during the day. Often, I have started the day with a sense of impending doom. At other times, I don’t start with that feeling but acquire it through the day. The feeling seems to arise spontaneously. No reason or cause for that feeling of dread and doom that I can see or discern, but the feeling is there. And I combine this feeling with the alcoholic magic trick of converting feelings to facts. If I feel it, then it must be true.

This sense of impending doom colours my view of the whole world. I don’t know what is going to go wrong, or why it is going to go wrong. But I am convinced something is going to go wrong and it will hurt. It is like having a pair of un-rose coloured glasses, glasses that can filter anything I see and convert it to something bad and something to be feared.

What a way to live.

This feeling can pop up at any time during a day. I could have a great morning, an excellent lunch and then on arriving at the office something could set me off, and I would have a fresh and abiding sense of impending doom.

The frequency of this feeling was so great that I developed an acronym, a short form that I could use to describe my state of fear, I started referring to this feeling as my ID’s. My Impending Doom sense. It was handy for calls with my sponsor. I could short form the problem and say “I am suffering from the ID’s.” Or I could tell my wife Doreen, “I have a case of the ID’s.”

I can tell you, from my experience and observation, that the fastest way to rid myself of the ID’s is to ask for help. I learned after many experiences of the appearance of the ID’s and calling for help, the ID’s went away more and more quickly. Often by simply stating the problem, the ID’s went away. My sponsor got used to me calling, saying “I am suffering from a case of the ID’s… thanks, I just needed to say that. Goodbye.” That was all I needed. Sometimes the ID’s would dissipate as I dialled the number. Sometimes I had to talk about what was going on. Regardless – reaching out evaporated the ID’s.

So, I don’t yet know why they occur, but I do know how to deal with them. Pick up the ##$% phone.

Andy Crooks

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"We are grateful for the recognition and affirmation. We don't set out to win Awards but rather set out to build a culture that supports the greatest good for everyone concerned. If we continue to do that then we will continue to yield High results. " Mr. Stacey Petersen, RSW, Executive Director FSRC

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Each year, in my dad’s name, I send a donation to Fresh Start to help another man get the help he needs, so his children can have a better life.  Fresh Start is nationally recognized for their addiction treatment program and I am grateful that I hear about the many fathers, grandfathers, brothers and sons who do get better ... and the families who get better and stronger as a result.

Your gift to Fresh Start Recovery Centre of up to $50 US through the Global Giving Little by Little challenge will earn an extra 50% in matching funds starting right NOW and lasting until 10PM MDT on Friday, August 16th, while matching funds last! 

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As many of you know, we have started our social enterprise venture by joining the ranks of the awesome food trucks here in Calgary.   We are kicking off our first full season and would like to give our supporters the first opportunity at booking us.  Last year we served at many private events as well as workplace lunch and learns. This is a great way to introduce your coworkers and community to the gifts of recovery and the Fresh Start movement.  They will be able to enjoy a recovery themed meal and they will know that when they eat with us, they are DOING GOOD with all profits helping more men and families get well. 

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11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Christmas Open House

11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Recovery Community Family Christmas Party

6:00 PM –
2:00 PM

Weekend Intensive Family Healing Program

8:00 PM –
1:00 AM

NYE Sober Dance