Changes in our Pay It Forward Program

One of my favorite movies is "Pay It Forward"--where people do good for others, just because. Many, many organizations who work with addicts and alcoholics do just that--they sacrifice much to try and help the struggling alcoholic/addict and their families. At Day By Day, we have endeavored to help those centers help others by starting our own "Pay It Forward" program. For well over 10 years we have sent thousands of dollars of recovery books to hundreds of centers. It has been our honor to do so.

In fact, this last week 6 treatment centers have requested free books from our "Pay It Forward" program. We simply don't have the resources. This is common and we have always sent what we could. But there is a serious lack of support for this program and because of this lack of support, we regretfully made the decision to shut it down. We, at Day By Day, are now exploring other ways to help Pay It Forward to the many deserving treatment centers with limited funds that struggle to help those in recovery.

One of the things we do, and will expand on, is allowing much of our material to be freely downloaded and used by centers. One of the ways you can help is to send us things that we can offer. Do you have a favorite group exercise? Some recovery passages you have written and want to share? a free ebook on staying clean and sober? If yes, consider adding it to our FREE DOWNLOADS page--and we'll do our best to get the information to treatment centers that can use them.

Do you have other ideas about how we can help? I'm thinking that if we put our heads together we can figure out ways to help centers that need it. And we can all Pay It Forward.

In the meantime if you want to become a Recovery Angel, think about donating to your favorite center too. Info is on the right.
free recovery books
Some of the centers we were able to help in the past:

February 2018 Chrysalis House, Crownsville, Maryland We received notice that Chrysalis House had a flood and needed supplies. We've sent books as our contribution, hoping that the inspiration in these pages will help them cleanup and move forward. Our prayers go to Chrysalis.

FALL/WINTER 2017: Gosh, this year at Day By Day, we have had a flood of requests for free books. We give away books every month as our way of paying it forward. Unfortunately, we can't keep up as much as we would like to. Rather than turn any one organization away, we are going to divide the books up between multiple centers--we apologize for those who receive less and hope that the few books we can send will be added to your library and made available to the newcomer.

Here are the Winter's recipients of Day By Day's free book program.
Frontier Health (Magnolia & Willow Ridge), Johnson City, TN Meagan F wrote, "Every year for Christmas we fill stockings full of goodies for the clients who sometimes are having their first Christmas sober in decades, and for some of our clients who grew up in traumatic homes Christmas with us is their first real Christmas. Making the clients feel special and loved is our goal each Christmas season, and making sure they receive great treatment is our goal year round. Thank you so much for all you do for organizations"
Moapa Band of Paiutes, Moapa, NV An employee wrote, "Young adults and children are more at risk for substance abuse and neglect in this small community opposed to inner city children. The community needs tools such as books to reference in order to reduce the risk they are enduring. Through community education, the risk can be reduced and I am asking for literature to help with this issue and give hope to those in need. Thank you."
MoeMoes, Clarksville, TN Melissa P shared this, "I think it's a wonderful thing of what you are doing and I want to help if I could I love spreading the word of God"
Here are Fall's recipients of Day By Day's free book program.
Rainbow Center of Michigan, Highland Park, MI TyShaun B wrote, "These books would be a great tool to interact and teach our clients the hopefulness and necessity of recovery."
Brookside Residential Treatment, Pikeville, KY Karen G wrote, "The facility is fairly new and we need all the helpful addiction recovery books and material we can get."
Addiction Recovery Care, Lexington, KY Ashley D wrote, "I have learned that life is a journey and on my journey, I want to bring out now what lies within me to the suffering addict so they too can see there is hope for the hopeless and help for the helpless."
F. E. A. R, Erie, PA Aliciaa T wrote, "Starting my own non profit organization called F. E.A.R. need anything that can help me start this organization"
Mary Martha House, Wheeling, WV Dara W wrote, "We are able to house 5 women at a time and offer them a safe, drug, drama free environment for them to reconnect to their former self. Your books would be a wonderful addition to our recovery library and meditation room library."
Wanderers, Atlanta, Georgia Greg E wrote, "{Our center} is a purely donation only funded group and they are in need of text for study and education. "

September 2017 Queen of Angels, Saginaw, Michigan Cierra S is a former client of the Angels Center. She wrote "These books would be great for the newcomers or even the ladies who know the program so they can help the ones who are just coming in. Its always nice being able to help people who want to be helped. I enjoy sharing my experience, strength, and hope with others and I think the books would be a great tool." Thank you Cierra, we enjoy sharing our ESH with you too!

August 2017 Family Recovery Center, Lisbon, Ohio An employee, Tawnia J wrote to us requesting some support. "We are a non profit organization and I believe your materials will help us reach our participants just beginning in the program. It would be a great item to put in their tool box of recovery that we are helping them to build. The first 30 days in recovery are crucial in showing the participant there is a light at the end of the tunnel."

July 2017 Celebrate Recovery, Walnut Grove, MS DeWayne M supports this program as a community member. He wrote, "This is a Christian based organization and the HELP that THEY give people is tremendous." Dewayne, we're sending some books for your library. Included is: Walk Softly & Carry a Big Book, Sitting in Pictures, the Pocket Sponsor, and working the 12 Steps in Conjunction with Cancer.

June 2017 House of Grace, Louisville, KY Sharon F is a former client of the House of Grace. Her words were simple, "To help the alcoholics and addicts in the household get extra help." A little extra help is on the way.

May 2017 Hagerstown Treatment Center, Hagerstown, MD Lynn K, an employee wrote, "I would like the books for Substance Abuse counselors to have more resources to help our patients. I also would like to be able to offer resources to patient as to help them be successful with their recovery." Your pay It Forward Gift includes a first edition workbook and facilitator guide for starting a parent's group--Sober Coaching Your Teen. Thanks for letting us contribute.

March 2017 Briscoe Treatment Center, Lake Charles, LA Director Mouton wrote in, "I am the director of a treatment center for Medicaid and indigent clients. We are trying to run a program without any Big Books and any recovery materials would be greatly appreciated." Ms Mouton, we greately appreciate the work you do and some books for your library are on their way.

Feb 2017 American Youthworks, Austin, TX Evette recently came to work here and had a good expeirence with Pocket Sponsor products from her prior job--so she wrote in for more help, "To assist with young adults struggling to remain sober. Provide hope and coping skills and positive support." Evette, we are so happy you are workign with these young people--your books are on their way.

Jan 2017 Women's Bureau, Fort Wayne, IN An employe of the Women's Bureau, Keba, wrote, " Our organization services women with children. We are the only long term organization of this kind in Indiana that allows children under the age of 6 to reside on the premises with the mother. Our residents are not only involved with our program but also with DCS, Community Correction, Drug Court and programs of the like. So they are being required by one or many of these program at the same time to complete the services. It would be nice to have some literature available when times are tough and there don't seem to be anyone to turn to. If they can just read some positive literature to get thru until they can reach their sponsor or another person in their support system that would be awesome." Keba, we think that woudl be awesome too. Your books are on their way.

Dec 2016 New Life Recovery Center, Radford, Va Leigh Ann is so sweet when she wrote in, "We are often short staffed but that's OK because the people that do work here love the work and the clients so much that covering shifts is not a burden. We are small only hold 10 clients at a time but we have been told by clients that have been to larger more expensive treatment facilities that we offer more and that gives us the desire to work that much harder. We love to celebrate sobriety and have an annual Celebration Of Lie picnic where we invite the recovering community, their families and any one who would like to celebrate the life they have now. Any books or literature that we could receive would be a wonderful addition to what we already do. Staff often sit and dream of things to get for our clients ( if we had the money to do so) I and many of my work colleagues believe that the world would be a better place if every one worked the steps. " Leigh Ann, we don't have enough for all your clients but we can send you some for the waiting room. I think they'll like them.

Nov 2016 Turning Point Recovery Centers, Mexico, Missouri Kylie N. had a lot to say, "Our office is a non-profit, outpatient treatment facility that closely works with many local organizations in the community. Currently, one of our two hour group sessions we offer covers the facilitation and understanding of 12 step, self help groups. This book would be ideal to give to each of our consumers either during or once they have passed this 12 week course and begin going to self help meetings regularly. This would also be a great book to keep in our lobby as we have many consumers that come in for a safe place to keep them from using so we are always looking for materials to help them stay busy." Kylie, we don't have enough for all your clients but we can send you some for the waiting room. I think they'll like them..

Oct 2016 Get Real Recovery, San Juan Capistrano, CA Alexxis Torres who works for Get Real Recovery, wrote and had a simple message about the recovery center he works for, " Great organization with people that are in need." You can't get more simple than that and don't we say, "Keep it Simple?" Books on their way.

June 2016 Sunstreet Center, Salinas, CA Alice Dubberly wrote to us and said, "Salinas has several people that go through treatment at Sunstreet Centers and we are a non Profit organization. We try to have fundraisers to allow indigent people treatment in our program. I feel any information could be helpful in our Mission." So Alice, here are some books to give away at the fundraisers.

May 2016 Half Way Home, Crawfordsville, IN On behalf of Half Way Home, Connie Esra wrote to us, "I am addict/alcoholic in recovery. I know how much the day by day literature helped me not only in the beginning but still today. I want these girls to have every possible opportunity at a better understanding of a new way of life. The pocket sponsor is full of so much hope, so many coping skills and such good direction everyone should have one!" Thank you Connie. Now you can hand out a little more hope with the books you have won. Thank you for the work you do.

April 2016 Detroit Lakes Recovery School, MN The Coordinatory Ms Goodwater writes: I am the Coordinator for the Lakes Recovery School. We are a sober school program within the Detroit Lakes Area Learning Center in Minnesota. We are only one of 4 remaining sober high school programs in the state of MN and the only rural program. This program is designed to help students who have completed a chemical dependency program and are motivated to work a recovery program while working towards high school graduation. We provide additional sober support and have a sober support group as part of the daily classes. I have spoken to some of my students who have indicated an interest in the Pocket Sponsor. We would be grateful to have some of your books donated so that my students can have that additional resource and support. I currently have 10 students in my program. We are so glad you wrote in--we defiantely support recovery schools--thank you for your good work.

March 2016 Day Break Youth Services in Spokane, WA Employee Trina writes, We are treatment center dedicated to the health and well being of at trouble youth females who also have substance abuse issues. We know that our clients are very impressionable at this time in their lives and we want to give them the proper tools to cope with such a difficult transition. We here at Daybreak Youth Services feel that the books you can provide will aid in that process to their health and happy recovery. We sent you 4 pocket Sponsors, 1 Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book, and a Facilitator Guide for running a family suppport group.

2015 Ron R. Memorial Retreat (Mens Retreat): We sent a case of books for this very special event. If you live onthe East coast, consider going--the best groups of guys who do so much for recovery.

Oct 2015 Touch of Love Ministry in San Bernardino, CA: Tammy Patterson represents the Touch of Love Ministry in San Bernardino, CA. She wrote, "I believe that we need literature to better educate people about addiction. We also need to educate the abused women and children we work with. Their situation is often made wrose by the disease of alcoholism--thanks for any help you can give us." Tammy received 3 Pocket Sponsors, one pack of 50 Pocket Sponsor Thumbnails for the new AA meeting they are starting, a Respect Me Rules Workbook, and copy of Walk Softly and Carry a Big Book. We hope we've helped you make a difference, Tammy.

April 2015. Anita called today from Georgia: She is not a treatment center but she is from one. After getting out she had a slip and is desperately trying to get back in recovery. "I like the other books, " she almost cried into the phone, "but the Pocket Sponsor helped me the most becasue it it was there for all the time. I don't know how to get one. Can you help?"
We sent Anita a copy as a Pay it Forward offer. She has promised that when she gets on her feet, she will buy a Pocket Sponsor for a newcomer.