One of the first guys I sponsored thought the First Step should be changed. Based on what he was experiencing in early recovery it seemed to make sense. His new, improved First Step was, “We admitted that we were powderless and that our wives had become unmanageable”.
He first alluded to the fact that since he was no longer snorting cocaine that he was “powderless” and went on to suggest that his wife had to be clinically insane because she was making his life unmanageable. After I kicked him in the shin and slapped him hard we sat down for a little reality check.
I explained to him what he initially could not see. I asked him to identify an area in his life that was unmanageable. He chose rush hour traffic. Apparently, like many of us, traffic made him nuts. He would scream at other drivers, change lanes frequently without gaining any ground and had a recurring vision of ramming the rear end of drivers he believed were impeding his progress. I asked him, “Do you have any power over these people or traffic patterns in general?” Before he answered I saw the light go off in his eyes. We went on to have a spirited exchange about how powerlessness and unmanageability were now and would forever be inextricably connected.
This thought process is now so palpable that when situations occur that would normally throw him into a dark spiral of unmanageability he can now see how powerless he truly is. This has also opened a brave new world where he realizes that the only power he does have is the power to change his attitudes, reactions and his own reality.
If anyone would like to discuss this further I am available to kick you in the shin, slap you hard and sit down with you for a little reality check.
In December, 2016, an Anonymous Donor announced a major grant to Recovery United Pittsburgh to help launch a major marketing initiative in 2017. A newly designed, user-friendly website is part of our enhanced marketing efforts. Steve Japalucci, our Web and Design par excellence, along with Recovery United Pittsburgh Staff collaborated in re-designing this website and we will be launching a number of new things in association with it, including an email Newsletter to keep you informed of news and developments and enhanced collateral materials such as brochures, flyers and informational packets to be distributed throughout the region. We will also be launching a print and outdoor advertising campaign as well as a strategic public relations program to augment our client base and increase our visibility in our communities
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In December, 2016, Recovery United Pittsburgh was awarded a grant in the amount of $15,000 to help underwrite its Female Transitional Living Program in 2017. Funding for this project was provided by the Robert C. Smith and the Betsy R. Clark Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation. The grant was made as a part of The Pittsburgh Foundation’s new Small and Mighty Grants Program and represents the highest amount awarded in that new grant-making program for small nonprofits in Allegheny County.
In 2014, the Foundation and its Supporting Organizations awarded more than $50.1 Million in grants to a vast array of nonprofit organizations, students through scholarships, and medical researchers, based on donor interest and specific purposes of individual funds.
We are very grateful to the Board of Directors and the Staff Members of The Pittsburgh Foundation for this important grant. It is affirming to have this vote of confidence from such a distinguished foundation and we look forward to adding new funders in the future.