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.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Trees on Sale

Each year TLC sells Christmas trees across the Valley - starting today.

Our first shipment of around 1000 trees is on sale now. And we continue operations until Christmas Eve.

There are logistics involved. To make sure we have a supply for the day after Thanksgiving we place our order with the Oregon tree farms in July.

Part of the preparation is to make arrangements for security fencing, cash registers, a water supply, city permits, and 30 days of insurance coverage for the property management companies that operate the shopping centers where we set up.

A half dozen TLC managers oversee the project from beginning to end. That includes supervising volunteers, scheduling shifts, arranging transportation, re-stocking the lots from the supply location and making sure the money gets to the bank.

And where do the profits go? To Christmas bonuses for our 120 managers and staff members.

So, if you're reading this and need a Christmas tree call us at 480-833-0143 and we'll direct you to the nearest lot. We have several across the Valley.

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