Rotarian Rob Goldin introduced Shane Sauls, Assistant Program Director from No Longer Bound to speak at Rotary.  

 

No Longer Bound is a 501(c)(3) organize as a long-term, faith-based addiction recovery program.  He told Rotarians that the founder of the program, Mike Harden, became addicted to cocaine while serving in Viet Nam.  He struggled with addiction issues and realized what a debilitating situation addiction can be.  He had a vision in 1983 to open a half-way house for men who were living with addiction issues and started with a three bedroom home called Freedom Lodge in Cumming, Georgia.  He has worked with reconciling families ever since and changed the name to "No Longer Bound" when filing for non-profit status.  The program in Waco graduates about 82 per year.  It is a 10 month program, but if a man doesn't feel he is ready to be integrated into society, then he may stay longer.  There are two campuses for No Longer Bound, the main campus still being in Cumming with the satellite campus in Waco at the old Waco Elementary School.  The Waco campus can house up to 27 men and they are currently at capacity.  They have about a 50% graduation rate and of those, 25% will be successfully integrated back into society.  The rate of recidivism is high with most programs, but they are proud to have their relatively high success rate.  They receive most of their funding from donations and fundraising.  They request a $5,000 fee from entrants into the program in order to keep them "invested" in their own recovery.  They also operate a thrift store with donations from the community.  The thrift store is open for donations or business from 10:00AM to 5:00PM Monday through Friday and from 9:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturdays.


Their annual fundraiser is a golf tournament, which will be held on Friday, October 10, at the Frog Golf Course.  For additional information, please contact Shane at shane.sauls@nolongerbound.com.