Old School & New School – Friends for Life

by mikea44646 on January 25, 2010

This weekend was full of many fond memories of friendship and love.  A friend, more like a brother, (A.D.) came to

 visit my Sharing experience Strength and Hopefamily and students at The Family Foundation School.  Even more special is the fact that when his 24 year old daughter(M.D.), now married and living in Washington state, heard that her father was going to take the road trip from Chicago to Hancock, she hopped on a plane to Chicago in order to join him. You see they are both Alumni of The Family / The Family Foundation School and felt compelled to show their support.

They came spent the weekend sharing and reminiscing – concluding their stay with M.D. (TFFS 2000) participating in the transition seminar being held for the upcoming June graduates and then A.D. (TF 1979) shared his recovery story at an open speakers meeting.

Over thirty years! Our looks have changed, our paths sporadically intersect, but our goal is the same – to go through this life being part of the solution not part of the problem. 

The start of a friendship

The start of a friendship

30 years later like "Brothers"

30 years later like "Brothers"

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betty argiros January 25, 2010 at 9:20 pm

Mike, we wish we had been there but we are glad we got to see Alex a few weeks ago and we were also very touched by his gift of his 31years AA coin. He said it really belonged to us because, we were there when he needed somewhere to go. We reminded him that he was a large force in the early days to helping The Family become the program, not just a place for people to live who wanted to get clean and dry.

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Richard Reeve January 26, 2010 at 1:56 am

It’s a testimony to the mission of the school that the initial relationship, that first extended hand of support, understanding and acceptance, continues to find ways to give it away…

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Patti Tauber-Kreitner April 23, 2010 at 1:34 am

Old friends have a way of popping up on you! (The Family ’86)
I’d love to see a ‘Family Farm’ reunion! Clean and sober now for 4 years, it’s where a seed was planted for me.

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