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.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

25th Anniversary

Today at Red Mountain Park in Mesa, Arizona I witnessed the miracle of recovery.

Around 500 addicts and alcoholics gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Transitional Living Communities. There were visitors and guests from as far away as Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. Many of the guests were former residents who were with us 15 and 20 years ago.

At 10 AM, the CEO  welcomed them and thanked them for attending. Jeremy West, our director of operations, orchestrated the presentation of some 200 plaques. The plaques were given to those clients who had over two years sobriety. Other plaques and awards were given to our many house managers, volunteers, and outside supporters. It took over two hours to make the various presentations.

At noon, the guests lined up for barbecue and other food prepared by John Keene and volunteers. It took more than an hour to serve the 500 guests.

Every five years TLC celebrates its anniversary. And this was the fifth and largest celebration of all.

It was wonderful to hear addicts express their gratitude for how TLC helped them. Their testimony shows how we can all help one another to heal and rebuild our lives.

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