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Yup! Giving Thanks.

October 11, 2010

Today is pie day. The day after thanksgiving and it feels like this year I get to have my pie and eat it too! The thing I am most thankful for this year is my brother. In January of this year he began a two-year recovery program to deal with the addiction he’s been struggling with for the last twenty years. Apart from childhood I don’t remember a time when he was happier or healthier than he is right now.
I want to tell as many people as possible about this fantastic and accessible program  so they can share it with their brother/sister/cousin/niece/nephew/neighbour/childhood friend.

It’s January and my parents have brought him out to BC on the bus. He’s been living on the street again and he doesn’t even have a change of clothes but he’s clean and he says he wants to stay that way. If you have an addict in your life you’ll know that he really means it, but this isn’t the first time he’s said these words. How long were you able to stay on your last diet?(6 weeks) Workout routine? Budget? Smoking? It’s hard to change the big habits in your life. My sister had read about the program and after meeting with them my brother began his journey. He has now been clean and sober for TEN MONTHS ! Congratulations Bro! We’re so proud!

The program is called ‘Welcome Home’ and it’s located in Surrey. The students in the program are not only doing the meetings and encounter groups of a regular recovery program but while they are in the program they are working, learning job skills and life skills. The have a safe and welcoming place to live, a healthy menu and a fitness program. My brother has lost about fifty pounds since he began and he’s running his first 7 km race next weekend!
The program provides everything the students need: food, clothing, shelter, medical and dental care. The side benefit, but perhaps the most important, is the community and family they are building. I don’t think my brother has had friends like these since highschool and these friends will be the cornerstone of his support when he graduates.

So guess how much it costs?

Come on guess.


Not per week, not per month, just $387.00 registration fee.  How do they do it?  Partly, the students earn their keep working at ‘Price Pro’ a warehouse type store in Surrey and partly by the John Volken Foundation.

So… the next time you are in Surrey and you need a few groceries or Christmas wrapping paper or even a little coffee break, check out the store.  For right now, check out the program and share it with someone who may need help.

Thanks Welcome Home!

Happy Thanksgiving Readers!

What are you thankful for?

P.S. They are always looking for volunteers!

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Bill Marchant permalink
    October 11, 2010 10:06 pm

    Kim, I am so thankful for you and your warm and generous love.

  2. karen permalink
    October 11, 2010 11:37 pm

    That’s awesome Kim. As someone who had to wrestle some addiction issues, I know the importance of stability in recovery. This place sounds great! I’m rooting for your brother.

    Oh, and I love your comparison to staying on a diet, exercise regime, whatever … you hit it on the nose. Some things are more stigmatised than others, and a lot of it is the luck of the draw, in my opinion.

  3. bryan wright permalink
    October 12, 2010 12:12 am

    awesome news kim. glad to hear it is working out for your brother.

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