Back in 2002-2003 while running an addictions treatment group in our local county jail, as i still do today. I had an extrodainary group of men, that gealed. They came together as a group of people wanting to make a difference. In this group of men, one is now a counselor at the other treatment center in town and pursuing a master degree, while the rest organized a group called the Freebirds once they got out. They had a self help meeting in the jail they called the jail birds group. So you can see the humor in the name. They organized this all by themselves.
here is their sitehttp://freebirdsrecovery.org/
They are always looking for words of encouragment from the outside. They are having their 5th yr celebration next week, that includes a taped message from the entire band Lynard Skynard themselves since they are named after the song.
I just think its kinda neat to see a success every once in awhile. Just like the phoenix, they have risen from the ashes. It was funny the courts and probation didnt want anything to do with them for the first two years, and now they are keeping them full, in order to relieve the overcrowding jail system.
I just wanted to share something good with my friends, there is so much bad out there now a days.
ps If you are able, they are also looking for people to sponsor (donate) rent for a resident. As some of the residents do not have a job, just coming out of jails, prisons or a residential treatment center (mine). Residents have to pay $95 a week, thats for room and 1 hot and 2 cold meals a day. Just give them a call and they will add you to their mailing list, and they will send you the quarterly newsletter detailing their successes and their changes. The donations are strictly monitored and given to those that are most in need and deserving by the board. One of the board members is the Chief proscetuting attorney for our county. So they got a lot of respect over the past 5 years. All from a simple plan started in a jail cell by a bunch of felons. WOW. If you want you can paypal me and i will drop off for you and scan you a receipt, whatever is easiest for you. They have a federal tax ID so it is tax deductible. NON Profit