The Live Free staff have worked diligently to create service projects for the Men to begin to learn the spiritual benefits of altruism. The New Hampshire Foodbank has graciously opened their doors for the men of Live Free to be off service. Many of the men have had very little exposer to being of service to the community in which they live, if any at all. It has not been uncommon for men to be resistant to going to participate in these community projects, after participating in these projects all of the men gain a new perspective. This new perspective is demonstrated by their eagerness to seek other opportunities to serve the community of Manchester.
The most recent project stemmed from the Founder of Live Free watching a video of a little girl facilitating a fund raiser for the less fortunate. This girl collected hygiene items and food and made what she referred to as “Blessing Bags” and handed these out to the homeless population in Manchester. Ryan the Founder of Live Free decided to replicate this project. Once all of the items were collected the Men of Live Free worked together to fill these bags and went out with Staff and volunteers from the community and handed these bags out. They walked through the parks of Manchester and past New Horizons handing these bags out. Many of the men went above and beyond by offering kind words and some even providing individuals with their phone numbers if they found themselves needing help later on. The participants of Live Free have decided that as the weather warms up they would like to make this activity a regular occurrence. After handing out the Blessing Bags one of the men stated “It felt amazing to have a purpose”.
Learning to Give in order to Receive
The men of Live Free have begun to learn and adapt a major spiritual principle in their personal recoveries, service to others. As part of the transfer from the Orientation phase into the Working/Transition phase the men participate in community service. Many of the men in the house have yet to experience the internal benefits of being of service to others. Live Free staff have organized a community service schedule in collaboration with the NH Food bank and the Manchester Animal Shelter. These opportunities have greatly helped the men experience the benefits of being selfless and identifying the ways in which being of service will enhanced their recovery. The men are also gearing up to participate in a project that we have titled “Restore Hope”. This project is a fundraiser where the men will collect various toiletry items, socks, and non perishable food items and make care packages which they will distribute to the homeless population within the City. Staff are working on other creative service projects throughout the coming months. Live Free Staff are striving to not only teach the men spiritual principle of being of service to others, but to also give back to the City of Manchester, in which they live.