Addiction

From Fear to Gratitude, Michael Shares His Recovery Journey

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

Like some young adults, Michael went to college after graduating from high school more because his parents pushed him. Without any real interest, his grades plummeted, and he dropped out. But for the now 46-year-old, that was just the start of...

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You Can't Get sober Without God: Missions Intersect for Rev. Tim Wilson

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 09-21-2021 under NONPROFITS

When Tim Wilson enrolled in Hope College, he began as a double major in political science and history with his eyes set on law school. But a bleeding ulcer in his junior year nearly ended his life – and prompted a reevaluation of college and...

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Faith, Transparency, Compassion and Gratitude: A Profile of Starla McDermott

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

For Starla McDermott, the third time really was the charm. When she saw an opportunity to join the team at Guiding Light, she was so drawn to the nonprofit she actually applied for the development coordinator position three times before being hired...

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Guiding Light Helps Tim Build a Sober Life After Losing it All

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 08-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

  The very first time Tim tasted alcohol – at the age of 14 – he remembers that “I absolutely loved it. It was like a euphoric sense of freedom. Once I took that drink, it’s like all my anxiety went away, and a...

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People rely on me here: Guiding Light Recovery gives Gabe hope for the future

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 07-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

The son of Polish immigrants, Gabe is a first-generation American who moved to Chicago from Poland with his family when he was a little over 1-year-old. Now at age 28, Gabe has plans to visit his father, who moved back to Poland, for a summer trip...

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My own worst enemy: Getting to sober this Father's Day

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 06-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

“Dad, it’s the alcohol or me.” With those six words, David’s teenage daughter gave him an ultimatum – and helped her father put an immediate hard stop on more than three decades of drinking, drug abuse, trauma and...

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The Next Right Thing: Board Member John Harrington and His Commitment

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 03-25-2021 under NONPROFITS

John Harrington still vividly recalls his 60th night at Jellema House – because that’s the night his prayers were answered. Alcohol had the Grand Rapids native firmly in its grip. He ruined relationships with his children, family,...

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Guiding Light Secures New Iron House as Demand for Addiction Recovery Program Grows

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 03-01-2021 under NONPROFITS

In response to increased demand for its addiction recovery services, Guiding Light has secured a new Iron House in the City of Kentwood – its sixth sober-living apartment building.  The four-unit apartment building will increase the...

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As Pandemic Enters Second Year, Guiding Light Sees Increased Demand for Addiction Recovery Program

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-08-2021 under NONPROFITS

As the global COVID-19 pandemic prepares to enter its second year, Guiding Light is seeing increased demand for its addiction Recovery program. Known on the street as “no-joke recovery,” Guiding Light’s peer-run program provides an...

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Guiding Light to Spotlight Addiction Recovery During Feb. 18 Virtual Ministry Update

by (Guiding Light)

Submitted 02-03-2021 under NONPROFITS

Guiding Light will host a virtual Ministry Update on Thursday, Feb. 18 focused on how the nonprofit is preparing to meet increased demand for its rescue, recovery and re-engagement programming. The Grand Rapids-based nonprofit will ...

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