Where Do We Go From Here? The Benefit of Work
One of the biggest challenges for a man in early recovery is avoiding those well-worn pathways that led to addiction in the first place. Staying sober isn’t enough. Creating a new and meaningful life requires new ways of thinking, new relationships, and, often, new career paths as well.
It’s no surprise that many studies report a significant relationship between steady employment and long-term sobriety. Sobriety and employment go hand-in-hand because a person is less likely to abuse a substance if he is working hard, experiencing success, and leading a generally productive life.
A significant difference between No Longer Bound and other recovery models is that NLB residents go to work. These workplace environments foster accountability and build work ethic while providing one full year of job skills training. As an added bonus, revenue from our two industries—Cars4Recovery and NLB Thrift—covers 88% of our administrative costs, creating a sustainable recovery model that’s more affordable for all.
Each time Cars4Recovery receives a vehicle donation, it is our number one goal to be a good steward of this gift.
Master Mechanic, Nathanael Logan, and his NLB students inspect and diagnosis each donated vehicle, run a cost analysis, then decide whether it’s best to repair the vehicle for retail sale or send it to auction. The Cars4Recovery team works hard to make sure each donation is used for maximum impact in saving lives, either by creating vocational training opportunities or by generating operational income.
Nathanael has created an excellent culture at Cars4Recovery with a specialized curriculum to prepare residents for highly sought after careers.
Chris came into the Cars4Recovery training program just three months ago. He had a little knowledge of basic car maintenance before coming to No Longer Bound, but in the last three months, he has learned about “suspension, belts, hoses, and lots of technical stuff.”
“Working on cars is something I’ve become passionate about,” Chris said. “My favorite thing about working here is what I’m learning, but also, the relationships I have with Nathanael and Sam. I actually look forward to coming to work each day.” Chris is currently working on his ASE certification and hopes to one day work for a dealership.
Sam has been working and training in Cars4Recovery for only three weeks. Having grown up in a family that loved racing, he had an early love of cars.
“It started with dirt bikes, then I got into the car racing scene —Figure 8 then Circle Track,” he said. Sam enjoys learning diagnostics and working on factory vehicles, which he says are very different than racecars. He hopes to be a diesel mechanic one day.
If the cost analysis on a donated vehicle indicates that repairs are not worth the investment, then Sales Director Colin Cantrell designates the vehicle for auction. Every Thursday, licensed dealers come to No Longer Bound’s campus to purchase these vehicles, eliminating seller fees and transportation costs incurred at 3rd party auctions. Colin’s relationship with local dealers enables Cars4Recovery to earn a maximum dollar for vehicles we do not repair.
What does all this mean?
When you donate a vehicle to Cars4Recovery, we work hard to be a good steward of your gift. Money earned helps save men from addiction and needed repairs to provide valuable training opportunities to prepare men for careers in the automotive industry.
Cars4Recovery accepts donations of automobiles, boats, motorcycles, RV’s, trailers, and anything else on wheels. To arrange pickup of the donated vehicle, email email@example.com or schedule a pick-up here.
The goal for residents who work in our thrift industry is for them to understand the importance of the work they do and how it impacts the success and wellbeing of the organization. Something as simple as sorting clothing can seem tedious, but every job matters, and NLB Thrift is currently the largest financial contributor to No Longer Bound’s Regeneration Program.
Most men begin their time at No Longer Bound working in the NLB Thrift on-campus Distribution Center. In this time, they learn discipline, teamwork, collaboration, and accountability. Distribution Center manager Adam Stapleton says, “Every man’s needs are different when they arrive. Everyone starts at the bottom, sorting clothes. We explain the importance of each job being done well, as each role contributes to the overall health of the company.”
Over time, men promote through different areas, testing electronics, pricing, running pallet jacks, and even working in online sales, where we sell the most valuable or unique donations we receive.
“We also like to get every man out on the trucks doing picks ups,” said Adam, “serving as a No Longer Bound representative. That way they get to experience our gracious donor community. And getting men into our stores allows them to see how their work makes our thrift stores a cut above. That’s where they can really see the fruits of their labor.”
NLB Thrift Stores Accepting Donations
NLB Thrift Stores in Cumming and Woodstock accept donated items of all kinds, and even pick up contributions of large donations or multiple items. To schedule a pickup, email firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule a pickup here.
Drop-offs are accepted at:
Main NLB Campus
2725 Pine Grove Road Cumming, GA 30041
NLB Thrift Cumming
315 Dahlonega Street Cumming, GA 30041
NLB Thrift Woodstock
1910 Eagle Drive Woodstock, GA 30189