Friday, September 21, 2012
I'd like to meet you...
It was almost two years ago that I started this blog. I had no idea that I was opening such a gigantic box containing so many people in my situation. The more I wrote the more I felt that I was genuinely helping people. It felt good to know I could help others while helping myself. My loyal readers have read my journey through this insanity and know me without ever meeting me. I am truly fortunate.
A lot has transpired since that day in December 2010 when I published that first post. There’s the Workbook, the ImmortalAlcoholic Facebook page, the OARS F&F Group, my book The Immortal Alcoholic’s Wife and I never felt my work was complete.
There is still a lot to do. I believe I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. The membership on the OARS F&F Group is growing daily. With our numbers increasing the Facebook format is making it difficult for people to maintain a string of conversation without getting confused. We need our own website.
Several OARS members met in person last month to have a live meeting. It turned out to be extremely helpful to them and they are looking forward to future meetings. It was a simple get-together in a restaurant that was reachable by everyone. Besides sharing stories, they laughed and enjoyed an evening outside the chaos. We need more live meetings reaching more caretakers who need support and camaraderie. Imagine meeting someone face to face who truly understands where you've been -- or possibly knows where you are going.
All of this leads to me believing that the time is NOW for me to begin the quest to turn OARS into a non-profit organization. This non-profit organization will provide support, education, live meetings, maintaining an independent website, and other resources to the friends and families of alcoholics in general. While I have always focused on the caretakers of end-stage alcoholics, this would be open to anyone inside the chaos.
I know there is Al-Anon and I believe they help many people. Unfortunately, there are many people that Al-Anon just doesn’t seem to fit. This is especially true of end-stage alcoholism. There is room on this planet for many different support progams.
At one point in time, I would have been able to fund the cost of becoming a non-profit on my own. But, since I’ve retired and Riley now has special needs, the funds are just not available to defray all the costs of filing paperwork, securing an attorney and accountant, and just simply getting things set up. The current members of OARS have banned together to initiate a fund raiser, but that won’t generate money for quite some time. We need this now.
Below you will find a link to a fundraising site that I have set up. This site allows me to accept donations from interested parties. Please be aware that because we not yet a non-profit organization these contributions are considered to be GIFTS.
It is not in my nature to ask anyone for money. When/if I do, it is an extreme emergency and not just a frivolous request. These gifts are not for me personally. They are expressly to facilitate an organization that I believe will help many, many people.
Please join me in my next step in my journey. Please support me in turning OARS F&F Group into a non-profit organization. No amount is too small. Everyone can help me in reaching my goal. On the right side of the screen you will find a link to the funding website. Click now and join the cause!
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