As the man walks, he reaches down every so often and picks one up and throws it back into the sea.
A man watching him asks, "What are you doing?"
"Saving starfish," the man responded.
"Yeah, but there are thousands of starfish on this beach. You're not going to make much difference."
"It'll make a difference to the one I threw back in the water," the man replied. And he continued throwing them back.
While this tale is not exactly analogous to what we do at TLC, it for some reason reminds me of the thousands that suffer from addictions. Maybe 14% of the population.
Sometimes they come from jails and prisons. Or shelters. Maybe the police bring them, or the fire department. Maybe they're homeless.
We can't help them all. But we do make a difference to many of them. The lucky few who find their way to us.