I hope that everyone had a blessed and safe holiday and that your wishes and blessings were plentiful. In the near future I am going to be announcing some new things happening at Doorway to Recovery, but for now, let’s recap 2015:
- We had 4 spiritual meetings with an attendance of 150 or more
- Over 50 people rededicated their lives to Christ at Doorway to Recovery, and this we give all glory to God
- Field trips to Tigers Baseball Game, Detroit Red Wings, canoe/picnic trips, bowling, were just a few of the outside activities that people in addictions were able to attend and stay sober during the events and have some good fun in recovery, while being participants and residents at Doorway to Recovery… Along with their families!
- 2015 was the lowest relapse percentage in the entire time that Doorway to Recovery has been in existence, showing that our new Life Recovery Program (link) along with our Relapse Prevention Recovery Program is working. I will tell you a little more about Life Recovery in a future blog
- Doorway to Recovery had its first silent auction fundraiser in September 2015 held at the Joy Manor in Westland. This event featured guests from all over, a live auctioneer, all to the sounds of Dr. Pocket playing in the background. It was great time for all. It was 100% successful with Doorway to Recovery raising enough funds to secure our 2nd 15 passenger van, sponsor in new clients who are who are without income (homeless), and raise money for better furnishings in Doorway to Recovery’s sober living homes. The effort put forth by volunteers and staff of Doorway to Recovery made this event one of the best that we’ve ever had.
- Doorway to Recovery was very happy to install at it’s fall spiritual meeting, “Drop the Rock” corner at our beautiful sober living home in Westland called the Palmer House.
- At the end of the year, Doorway to Recovery Participants were able to celebrate my favorite time of the year, Christmas. Woodside Bible Church and Doorway to Recovery hosted a Christmas that was absolutely fabulous. Afterwards, clients were bussed to Woodside’s Troy campus to see a nativity scene that was nothing but spectacular. Outside arrangements, live animals, and of course the nativity scene of the Christ Manger. This event was simply outstanding, ever reminding us that the birth of Christ is the most important remembrance during the holiday season. It is the ultimate gift that we have received.
- New Years Eve was celebrated at Woodside Bible Church in Farmington Hills with our staff/residents having fun with games, food, and good fellowship, and watching the ball drop into the new year of 2016.
God blessed Doorway to Recovery and myself in 2015 with health, more wisdom, and patience. In closing, I would like to thank Christ, my savori, for forgiving a wrench like me, for being our lawyer to God, and for His grace over us. I, Mark Burchell, C.E.O. of Doorway to Recovery speak for myself and Doorway to Recovery in saying God is great, Christ is the way, and The Doorway to Recovery is always open to you.