In reflection on the last five years of the Alano Club of Battle Creek, what it was like, what happened, and what it is like now, the story is quite amazing. In that short time, we went from a small building that held as many as it could, one band-aid after another was applied to keep it all together. There was good recovery in the building, but with the lack of abundant resources and space, the opportunity for outreach was limited.
Our Alano Club Board of Directors set out to find agencies and businesses in the community who would hear our story and champion our cause, and to help us build a safe building for recovery. It took some work but the team pulled together a Capital Campaign and hit the floor running. The community stepped up in huge ways and the money was raised to renovate the building.Continue Reading
Recently Roy Tooke and Marilyn Cooke Strobel were guests on the Horizons Radio Show. They talked with Lynn Ward Gray from the Battle Creek Community Foundation about the upcoming 30th anniversary of the Alano Club of Battle Creek. Click below to listen to the show.
Our golf outing fundraiser is Sept. 21 at Binder Park Golf Club. Click here to download the flyer and sign up sheet. See you there!
Thoughts from Roy Tooke, Alano Club of Battle Creek Executive Officer
More than 24,000 Calhoun County residents and over 2/3 of all American families are directly affected by alcoholism and addiction. Substance abuse affects us all, specifically through an increased crime rate, increased mental and physical health problems, poor work performance and increased spouse and child abuse.
Addiction is a family problem. When we neglect the needs of people battling addiction, we neglect the whole family, as families absorb the fall out of addiction and share in the consequences. Economic hardships add financial stress to the circumstances, making recovery even more difficult and increasing the strain on the entire family. Stopping is not the largest challenge for people with addiction; it’s staying stopped that is the largest challenge. That is what we do best here at Alano BC, we help people stay stopped!