Month: July 2017

“I Need a Sign Today” – Higher Power Revealed

We are never alone. Power is with us so long as we humbly accept it on the grounds we still want it and seek it.

Alex MacKenzie

Id like to share a story of my time in Vancouver while a client of TWC. To share with those who know a reminder, and those who don’t, some hope.

I grew up vehemently atheist, that people who believe in God (Power, the Force, Universe, Spirit, Creator, etc) were fools who were weak and needed a father figure to justify their own mortality.

I was just reminded of an event that happened a couple months ago I’d like to share with you all.

I woke up feeling very off. I prayed, and didn’t feel connected. My perception of the day was miserable, I was feeling full of resentment and anxiety. I couldn’t shake it.

As I was leaving the house, I prayed for a sign. I said, “God, I know you’re real, but today I could really use a sign that it’s not all in my head. A clear signal from you that you’re still there, or were ever there at all.”

I was very worried I was being selfish and faithless, and had anxiety about what would happen if my prayer wasn’t answered.  Well, it was raining heavily in Vancouver that day, and for the first time in my life I had an umbrella. It was a very nice umbrella, the sort you could use as a cane. It had been left by a former resident of my second stage house.

So as I stepped off the bus in the pouring rain, a little old lady exited at the same spot. She was just slightly agmgead of me, shielding herself with a tiny scrap of newspaper in a futile effort to stay dry. I was compelled to catch up to her and stand RIGHT beside her.

As I did, she looked up at me in surprise and said, “That’s so weird! I was literally just praying ‘God, there’s no better shelter than your love, but an umbrella would be nice’ and there you were!”

I looked at her with a knowing smile and responded, “I guess God’s agents are everywhere. ;)”
We exchanged names and I walked a block with her to the skytrain.

There we parted ways. I looked up and silently thanked God, for in answering her prayers He answered mine. It was then that I understood the only reason I felt disconnected was because I was choosing not to see his Will.

Since this day, I have yet to feel disconnected or doubtful that recovery works, if you work it.

We are never alone. Power is with us so long as we humbly accept it on the grounds we still want it and seek it.

Do the steps my friends. Get Powerful, and you’re life will never be the same.

Alex MacKenzie

Fresh Roots – Community Garden Partnership

Together We Can is in partnership with the volunteer organization Fresh Roots, a non-profit society that "Grows Good Food For All". They do that through cultivating engaging gardens and programs that catalyze healthy eating, ecological stewardship and community celebration.

Since the Spring of 2017, five volunteers from TWC have met at Norquay Park every Friday where they have been helping with rototilling, planting, weeding and watering the Fresh Roots Garden. Some have had previous experience with gardening or caring for plants, but many have acquired new skills from this experience.

When they started cleaning up the garden it was overrun by weeds and had not been used for anything for quite some time. Well everyone's hard work has paid off, as they now have turned it into a flourishing community garden. As the garden has come to life we've seen plants like strawberries, rhubarb, radishes and all types of herbs emerge. The best part is that the garden is available for anyone in the community to pick from and use.

It is so nice to see our residents enjoying being out giving back to the community and taking pride in their work. There is something really magical about loving and caring for a garden and watching it come life. We have seen similar transformations in many of these "new gardeners" who had never participated in activities like this before.

"They have become engaged…started to take real pride in caring for, and building a healthy garden…lifestyle." Kamal Singh – TWC Facilitator

We are so excited that Fresh Roots and TWC have received so much positive feedback from the community at large. People tend to stop by and ask what they are doing; sometimes even offering help.

Passersby continue to be amazed seeing the volunteers giving up their time and energy to build this park garden, that anyone can use and enjoy.

Many of the people that have stopped by were grateful to have met us, and fully support this initiative. TWC has always looked for new ways for men to feel of purpose, and to have positive impacts in our community. Fresh Roots. Well done guys!!!

By Landon Dorval – Recovery Life News

More Community Fun at Norquay Park!!!

Movie Night at Norquay Park – How To train Your Dragon

Saturday July 22nd
Family Fun and Activities start at 6pm

Free Popcorn & Tasty Refreshments, Family Fun & Activities, Garden Tours, Planting Workshops Food Education, Relays, Games, Water park and more…

Join us for an evening celebrating family and community with:

Together We Can – Addiction Recovery & Education SocietyCollinwood Police DepartmentFresh Roots Urban Farm Society, and Renfrew Collingwood Food Security Institute have come together to create an exciting evening of family fun and education.

Movie Night Facebook Page