Tag: Recovery

Our first week back to Volunteer at the Dream Center

Although intimidating at first, what happens in that old prison is truly God’s Grace on display.  That old prison in Southeast Texas is now a faith-based addictions recovery center called The Dream Center of Southeast Texas.

Since that first trip there in September of 2020, we have been back to volunteer a couple of times.  We have even just stopped to visit when passing through once.

We love volunteering there and love what the organization does.

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Kattie Lail – Let’s Face it Together

We Face it TOGETHER is a nonprofit addiction and wellness program which provides confidential, evidence-based peer coaching for those impacted by addiction, including loved ones. They don’t require sobriety or follow a one-size-fits-all program.

The story of We Face it Together starts with co-founder Kevin Kirby, a seasoned business executive. Despite being well connected in the community, having a loving family and the ability to draw upon significant financial resources, Kirby struggled to get well from his alcohol addiction. Once he did, after multiple treatment stays across a few years, he wanted to learn all he could about his disease and the addiction treatment landscape.

Kirby recognized there were flaws in the system and wondered how people with fewer or no resources ever managed to get well. He was called to do something. First, he was connected with Charlie Day, a lawyer, CPA and health care finance expert, who would ultimately become Face It TOGETHER’s other co-founder. Day had recently served as a senior finance officer in one of the nation’s largest regional integrated health care systems. He was an experienced start-up strategist and business innovator and ready to give back to the community.

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Brandon Puffer – From the Bullpen to the State Pen

Brandon’s story explains how he went from reaching great heights as an MLB World Series winner to falling to the very bottom, serving 3-1/2 years in prison. He has humbly watched as everything has gotten restored in his life, and he know feels as though he is here to help others learn from his expensive lessons and show that we don’t have to let our worst mistakes define us.

After a 15-year professional baseball career, four of which were spent in the Major Leagues, Brandon had fallen to great depths and has come out on the other side with important lessons to share with those who might find themselves facing tough obstacles or set-backs in their own lives.

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Jimmy Obregon – A Disciple at the Dream Center

He is one of the incredible humans that Sandy and I have been blessed to meet while we’ve been volunteering at the Dream Center.

The people here are all living examples of God’s grace and redemption.  Each of them is at a different stage of their recovery journey.  They are all strengthening their faith in God and understanding that their recovery is only possible with God and surrounding themselves with a strong support system.

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