In August, clients from our Phoenix House Academy of Long Island volunteered to cook for the 63rd annual Artists and Writers Softball Game, organized by Phoenix House supporters Deb McEneaney and Leif Hope. Alec Baldwin, Christie Brinkley, and Mort Zuckerman are just a few of the accomplished artists and writers who participated in the game. For the seventh consecutive year, Phoenix House was one of three nonprofit organizations to benefit from this inspiring fundraiser.
In Houston, the Phoenix Houses of Texas Prevention teams organized a school supply giveaway for all participants of the Strengthening Families Program, which enables low-income children and their families to receive substance abuse education and to start school with the essential supplies they need.
For these and many other Phoenix House clients, giving back to the community is an important component of recovery; it provides a sense of empowerment and allows them to use their skills and strengths to make a difference in someone else’s life. Volunteering helps clients realize that they have the ability to make a positive change in the world around them, and it offers motivation as they continue on their pathway towards long-term recovery.