Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, a 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992 when he had a year sober. He's in his 27th year of recovery.

In these posts, he views life mostly through the lenses of recovery. While the blog is factual, he sometimes disguises events and people to protect anonymity.

Monday, January 13, 2014

More than a Job

One of our long-time managers says a childhood friend asked how much she's paid for working at TLC.

And her friend was dismayed at the small amount she receives.

However, she explained to the friend that she's okay with what she makes. That her needs are met and she’s as happy as she’s ever been. At that point the friend recognized that she’d really changed.

This manager's typical of many of those who work for us. Most could earn more working elsewhere. But for them it’s not about money. It's about their personal recovery and more. 

Where else could they find a job where they're helping people change their lives? Where else could they witness addicts transforming before their eyes? And know they had a direct part in that change? Where they have a sense of purpose?

There are other organizations that do things similar to what we do. But not a lot of them help anybody who comes to the door – whether they have money or not.

And another important facet of the job, is that our managers work in a family-like environment. One where employees care for one another and support each other - no matter what.

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