Recovery Connections

John Schwary is CEO of Transitional Living Communities, an 850-bed recovery program he founded in Mesa, Arizona January 9, 1992, when he had a year sober. He's in his 28th year of recovery.

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recovery Business

TLC operates several small businesses as part of its recovery operations.

These include a temporary labor service, a roofing and remodeling contracting company, a small hotel, some convenience stores, an auto repair shop, and an outpatient treatment clinic. These businesses provide revenue for TLC.  And they also provide jobs for our clients.

For example, our temporary labor service often sends out 100 clients a day. They work at various arenas around the valley, cleaning the stadiums after games. Many small businessmen and contractors employ our clients for jobs no one else wants.  They like the idea of having sober employees delivered to the job - and on time.

I recently received this letter that illustrates the quality of our work:

"Mr. Schwary:

I felt it necessary to take a moment of your time to let you know that the services provided by your firm, temporary labor company, were fantastic. The crews arrived on time, performed professionally and ensured there were no mishaps or accidents on the job. All laborers worked efficiently until our extremely labor-intensive job was completed.  Each spoke highly of your program. Each staffing individual I met with (Jeremy, Mike, Lorenzo, and Jamie) exhibited absolute professionalism and exceptional marketing skills. I will, without reserve, recommend your organization to anyone in need of temporary labor services.

That said, I would like also to take the opportunity to commend you along with each member of your organization for their efforts, individually and collectively, in providing educational programming, employment support, and housing opportunities to members of our society that the public would often rather turn a blind eye to. You've all chosen to be part of the very much-needed solution.




Adams Concrete Cutting and Demolition
PO Box 10518, Glendale, AZ 85318
623 – 234 – 8555"

What else is there to say?