Giving back is a key concept in 12 Step recovery. The principle of “give back what was so freely given to you” is an integral part of the final step of the 12 Steps, first published in the book Alcoholics Anonymous: The Story of How More Than One Hundred Men Have Recovered from Alcoholism in 1939.
BRC Recovery, in the spirit of the 12th Step, gives back to the Austin community with multiple projects throughout the year to include a tri-annual charitable donation drive to benefit the homeless and community pool and park clean-up events. For the 12 Step community, they assist with set-up and food for the monthly Austin Citywide Group Meeting as well as provide a monthly BBQ Speaker meeting at the BRC Recovery facility for residents, their families, alumni and anyone in the 12 Step community who wishes to attend.
Started in 2012, BRC initiated a tri-annual charitable donation drive to benefit the homeless. Operation Warm provides coats and warm clothing in December, Operation Journey provides backpacks in August, and Operation Sparkle donates toiletries and personal hygiene products in March. BRC staff and alumni gather to distribute the collected goods to the homeless in downtown Austin.
Alumni and staff member, Ryan R, coordinates the donation program and commented this past December,
“Typically when I celebrate Christmas, my focus is on what I will GET. This Christmas was special to me because I got the opportunity to give back. It was great being able to help those in need, and knowing we made a difference.”
The upcoming Operation Sparkle program, slated for March 15, 2014, is specifically requesting travel size toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body wash, and similar items. Cash or gift certificates can also be donated and BRC staff members will purchase the necessary items. For more information and donations, contact Ryan R. at (979) 777-3857.