By Zach Schemmer | Apr 3, 2017 | 4 Comments

What does it mean to be forgiven? What does it take to be gifted true forgiveness? Am I worth forgiving? These questions were commonplace in my mind during the early days of my sobriety. Often times, we do unthinkable things in our addiction; actions that have driven a wedge between ourselves and our loved ones…

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One BIG Reason Why You Can’t Afford to Miss Night of Hope

By Lance Lang | Feb 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Well, we’ve made it! Tomorrow is the BIG day. Night of Hope Owasso is finally here and let me tell you, WE ARE PUMPED!! Our team is headed to Owasso today with a Uhaul full of HOPE (literally) to bring to the fine people of Green Country tomorrow night. After months and months of planning…

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5 “Moments” Why You Can’t Miss Night of Hope Owasso

By Lance Lang | Jan 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Come two weeks from today, the HIA staff will be sipping our morning coffee and getting ready for a full day of LIFE CHANGE! This traditional, calm before the storm moment, is something that’s very special to me. It’s one of thousands of memories and moments from the previous 9 Night of Hope Events that are…

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By Zach Schemmer | Dec 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Each week our residents working tirelessly to maintain their own sobriety, while also reaching out to bring the newcomer along with them. It is an awesome thing to be able to tell someone, “hey, me too”, “I’ve been there”, “I understand what you’re going through”. I remember when I was early on in my sobriety,…

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A Year In The Life

By Allyson VinZant | Dec 1, 2016 | 6 Comments

This past year has been the most rewarding and challenging of my life. As I sit here, nestled in my office chair and listening to Bing Crosby, I am bubbling over with gratitude that I made it. I survived. 2016 brought me, personally, so much joy and professionally the ability to completely surrender. There has…

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It’s All About Connection

By Zach Schemmer | Nov 14, 2016 | 2 Comments

There are countless life lessons and sayings that I have learned throughout my journey of recovery. I have heard sayings and mottos in step-based meetings such as; “easy does it”, “one day at a time” and “Don’t take yourself too seriously”. Those all hold great meaning and have helped me throughout my recovery. However, the…

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Contemplating Life, While Wearing an Orange Jumpsuit

By Zach Schemmer | Oct 19, 2016 | 1 Comment

It’s that time again; the announcement of the resident of the month! The resident of the month for September is the one and only Thomas Stafford II. Tommy, as I like to call him, has grown leaps and bounds since moving into our program. It’s been a joy to watch him immerse himself in his…

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Dude, Where’s My Car!?

By Zach Schemmer | Oct 11, 2016 | 5 Comments

Recovery has given me many blessings and allowed me to do numerous things that I would not have been capable of doing in my addiction. Similarly, working at Hope is Alive has given me the privilege of seeing men in our program experience the blessings they are bound to encounter along their journey of recovery.…

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The HIA “Secret Sauce”

By Lance Lang | Sep 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

The past few weeks have sure been special around the HIA Mentoring Homes. It seems our residents are taking fondly to the concept we believe is the ‘secret sauce’ to a successful life of recovery. What is this Chick-fil-a Sauce you might ask? The practice of GIVING BACK! At Hope is Alive we believe giving…

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Why Should They Follow Us?

By Lance Lang | Sep 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

At Hope is Alive we are constantly striving to be intentional with our residents. One of the ways we do this through the Men’s Mentoring Program, is through our Wednesday night “Midweek” meetings. In these meetings we split into groups based on lengths of sobriety. One of the groups we have is our managers’ meeting…

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