November 6, 2009

Saddling up to heal

Category: Health, Recovery — admin @ 11:06 am

Healing Winds Therapeutic Riding Center changes lives everyday

Healing Winds Therapeutic Riding Center changes lives everyday

A child cannot speak.  Her internal core isn’t strong enough to support that basic function.


A few months later, she’s a regular chatter box.


An adult cannot walk.  A few months later, he’s ambling about (with the help of a cane).


It happens everyday at a stable in Brush Prairie Washington.  The Healing Winds stables help people with disabilities through horseback riding.  The activity is an incredible core workout and, with the help of trained professionals, it’s a proven rehab technique.


The Healing Winds people have been at this for twenty years with countless success stories.  But they need more volunteers to keep it going.  For more info, check out their website.

June 29, 2009

BREAKING NEWS: Could the end be on the horizon?

Category: Recovery, University of Oregon — admin @ 3:02 pm

Normally a bit pessimistic about the economy, Tim Duy of the University of Oregon has some exciting predictions about the economy . . . as in, we could be ending the recession THIS YEAR.

June 1, 2009

Paying it forward

Category: Charity, Community, Recovery — admin @ 1:00 am

mission_logoAt age 14, Brook Davis tried her first sip of booze.  The attraction was immediate and eventually led to a relationship with drugs.  Her addiction’s kept her from going to High School, let alone getting a degree.

By age 21, Brook had sobered up from drugs and alcohol, but she transferred her focus to other addictions with which she would wrestle for 20 years.  

“I was really broken inside” explains Davis in an exclusive interview with GNPDX.  At the encouragement of loved ones, she visited the Portland Rescue Mission and immediately found a safe place to heal.

After two years of hard work, Davis finally considered herself recovered and managed to restart her education.  Now working on a double major in Social Work and education, Davis is offering her story as support for others in need.

What started as an occasional volunteer gig has turned into a regular job for Davis.  She’s now on staff at the Mission, helping moms and children transition out of tough situations and regularly turns to her own struggles as an example.  It’s a position she relishes, saying that her faith helped get her through her darkest points … the least she can do is offer the same gift to others.

For more info on the Rescue Mission click here.

February 17, 2009

Road to recovery

Category: Recovery — admin @ 9:31 am

Fantastic news this morning about one of the victims in The Zone shooting last month.  Susanna De Sousa is up and around, walking, talking, breathing on her own and even talking about attending prom at Clackamas High.


While the teen still isn’t ready to talk about the ugly night four weeks ago, her outlook on the future is bright.  You can read more about her road to recovery here.