Jimmy’s story gives addicts hope for the future

A couple of months ago, I sat in a room full of men and women who’ve battled back from addiction and heard their stories. It was a very humbling experience for me.

When it was Jimmy’s turn to speak, I was stunned by the contrast between the bleak description of his former life and the joy I felt hearing him encourage others who’ve walked a similar path.

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Jeanine St. John scours our Family Store in preparation for Transformed Treasures 2014

Salvation Army in Alaska celebrates “Transformed Treasures”

The Salvation Army in Alaska puts on one of my favorite events each year, called Transformed Treasures.
Local artists scour our thrift stores for clothing, furniture, household items, jewelry, bric-a-brac, etc., that’s in need of a little love and attention and can be re-made into a thing of beauty. The Transformed Treasures are then auctioned off to support the work of The Salvation Army in Alaska.

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Struggling with drug abuse, Cecily’s addiction allegory lights a path for others

Cecily is a current resident at Clitheroe who’s not only struggling with addiction, her husband is dying, and her son is at home taking care of himself. Her addiction was so powerful that it was ruining her life and the life of those around her. While in treatment, Cecily wrote an allegory about addiction – published with her permission below.

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