Month: October 2016

Together We Can Volunteer Program


 Make a Difference In Someone Else’s Recovery 

Staying connected and involved at Together We Can is a vital aspect of recovery for men leaving our Residential Treatment Program. Once clients have successfully concluded their stay, they will have the opportunity to assist Together We Can staff in a number of different capacities.

Networking opportunities in the recovery community are limitless as a volunteer, and for many this position leads to employment and educational opportunities. The idea of “giving back” to the community is a core principle taught at TWC and for many clients volunteering after treatment eases the transition into work and/or school. 

If you are a client who is still figuring out what they want to do after treatment or are interested in a career in the addictions field, volunteering at Together We Can would be the perfect stepping stone for you. Volunteer experience is also extremely valuable on a resume when one is applying for jobs after treatment.

We will need individuals to help us with our upcoming fundraising events and there are a variety of opportunities within the community we would love you to become involved in.

Past Initiatives TWC Volunteers Have Participated In Include:

  • Sold 50/50 tickets at a Vancouver Giants Game and a BC Lions Game
  • Traffic control, setup and teardown at Recovery Day 2016 in New Westminster
  • Doughnut Dash 5 Km Run at the PNE for the Heart Of Hope Foundation
  • Alumni Outreach Street Team

If you are nearing the end of your stay and want to volunteer, contact
Mike Cain at mikec@twcvancouver.org for more information.

“I volunteer at Together We Can because it keeps me connected to the place where I cleaned up. I found freedom and a new path of recovery here, and so my volunteer position helps me show others the way.”
 –  Joshua, TWC Volunteer

“I do what I do because someone did it for me. My peers looked after me in the beginning.” 
–  James, TWC Volunteer

 

Recovery Speaker Jam – 40 Stories


Sharing Stories of Success

Together We Can is getting excited for the upcoming PNWCNA 40 Speaker Jam on November 5th! 

We have purchased 40 tickets to give first-stage residents the opportunity to get inspired about positive change. The men at TWC benefit greatly from hearing success stories from those who have walked the path of recovery before them and always leave events like this feeling spiritually invigorated and hopeful.

Alumni who establish solid relationships in the recovery community benefit from a fellowship of support and guidance that elevates and enhances their recovery to new heights.

All funds raised from this event go directly towards funding the 40th Pacific North West Convention of Narcotics Anonymous which will be held at the Vancouver Hyatt Regency Hotel Oct 6th to 8th in 2017.

Come out and support NA on November 5th at the Sapperton Hall in New Westminster for a pancake breakfast, speakers, dance and more! This is also a great way to get involved with service and find out about opportunities throughout Greater Vancouver. Tickets will definitely sell out so get yours soon!

Click Here To Visit the PNWCNA Facebook Event Page

Alumni Outreach Street Team


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A group of TWC Alumni, led by Rodrigo Rementeria, have started an initiative to visit Greater Vancouver’s most impoverished areas with the goal of helping the less fortunate survive the winter months. This compassionate group of men have handed out sandwiches, socks and other necessities in an effort to provide some comfort and care during hard times.

Motivated by a need to “pay it forward” and “be of service”, volunteers  are driven by their own personal experiences and the impact of the current fentanyl crisis in Greater Vancouver. 

img_5801Men who volunteered to participate in this alumni outreach project targeted Vancouver’s West End and Granville Street district, walking for almost two and half hours offering food and clothing to those in need. These fine young gentleman are definitely role models, selflessly devoting their time and energy to help alienated and marginalized segments of the population. The Alumni Outreach Street Team is always looking for ideas, donations and help so don’t hesitate to contact Rodrigo Rementeria if you want to contribute at rpulgar@twcvancouver.org.

Click Here To Read More About Alumni Outreach at TWC

Changing Lives In Recovery – Free Treatment Giveaway


CHANGING LIVES – Addiction Recovery Open House – Cowichan Bay, Saturday October 8, 2016

doug-2Doug Mackenzie, founder and Program Director at Options Okanagan, hails from Duncan, BC on Vancouver Island. He and some of his Recovery Partners are hosting an Addiction Recovery Open House at the Oceanfront Inn in Cowichan Bay on Saturday Oct, 8th.

The Recovery Community is highly motivated by the shortage of treatment opportunities available for many addict. With the current and growing fentanyl crisis, many have come together by offering three lucky individuals full treatment programs – free of charge.

quadraOver $50,000 of private addiction treatment will be given away to three people from Duncan who otherwise would not be able to afford treatment. Learn more.

As part of this Open House, event sponsor Together We Can – Addiction Recovery Society will be donating a housing opportunity at one of their Second-Stage residences in Victoria, The Lighthouse on Quadra.

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Experienced addiction educators offering information from 10:00am and 5:00 pm at Ocean Front Inn & Suites in Cowichan Bay. Other sponsors – Sunshine Coast Health Centre, Sagewood Treatment Centre.

WATCH news story on CHEKTV, featuring interviews with Doug Mackenzie, and Trevor Franklin; Together We Can’s Resident Coordinator at The Lighthouse.

An event presented by Options Okanagan Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center

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Click here to watch the Chek News clip.

Facebook Event Page