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It’s the ability to love and be loved, a willingness to forgive, it is compassion and celebrating the present. It is  also something you want to pay forward.”
– Lisa Simone - National Communications Director, FSRC

 

Recovering Gratitude

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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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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.

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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. 

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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.

 

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

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.

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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:

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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 items such as “The Dr. Bob (bacon burger) and The Bill Wilson (cheeseburger)” named after 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.

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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 ones 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. 

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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.

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I am an alcoholic. I drank alcoholically all the time. That is an excellent name for my condition. It helps to know the name of the problem, but it does not fix it. I have to have a spiritual awakening to fix it, and I can achieve that by doing the steps. The steps have one promise and one promise only. The result of these steps is a spiritual awakening. That will fix the alcoholic problem.

I suffer from Narcissistic Injuries all the time. That is an excellent name for my sensitive nature. Narcissistic Injury – a psychological term - taking personally utterly indifferent and objective events. I do that when my sense of self is fragile and when I depend on life going my way all the time. It helps to have a name, but that does not fix it. I have to do something to fix it.

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I am humbled daily by the courage of others who despite their fears make a choice to live in the solution.  This is why I continue to work at Fresh Start Recovery Centre, I have seen people make these changes and am grateful to be a part of this bigger process.

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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. 

Read more

  

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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.

Read more

  

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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. 

Read more

  
 

 


 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Family Healing Program Alumni Meeting

Jun-13-2019
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

411 41st Ave NE

This is a weekly meeting on Thursday evenings from 7-8pm at Fresh Start.  This meeting is open to anyone who has completed the Family Healing program. 
 
Alumni meetings are another tool to support the ongoing recovery of Alumni.  They serve as a bridge for the new members during the transition from attending group to life in their own homes and community.  For a newcomer in the FHP relationships to a group of people who share a common experience can be a key element to making that transition as smooth as possible.  These relationships foster a sense of unity, community, and belonging.  Having said that, this group will work most effectively with your help through attendance, chairing the meetings, being part of a planning committee and eventually creating an alumni board.    For more details please contact jennifer@freshstartrecovery.ca