Healing Transitions 20th Anniversary Publication

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2001 – 2021


Letter from Leadership 4<br />


The Foundational Years (1997–2000)<br />

Linda Strother, Visionary 09 | Fred Barber, The Leader 13<br />

Maria Spaulding, The Personality 15 | Barbara Goodmon, The Powerhouse 17<br />

In the News 19<br />

The Start-Up Years (2001–2005)<br />

West’s Story 24 | Raeford’s Story 29 | Milestones 32<br />

Photo Gallery 33 | In the News 39 | Impact 40<br />

The Expansion Years (2006–2010)<br />

A.J.’s Story 43 | Herb’s Story 45 | Milestones 47<br />

Photo Gallery 47 | In the News 53 | Impact 54<br />

The Sustainability Years (2011–2015)<br />

Jamie’s Story 58 | Paul’s Story 61 | Milestones 63<br />

Photo Gallery 63 | In the News 71 | Impact 72<br />

The Maturation Years (2016–2020)<br />

Maya’s Story 77 | Courtni’s Story 80 | Milestones 82<br />

Photo Gallery 83 | In the News 89 | Impact 90<br />


The Future Years (2021–onward)<br />

Recovery Can’t Wait 92 | Men’s Campus 95<br />

Women’s Campus 97 | Milestones 99<br />


Meet the Bilbros 101 | Our Village 106 | Our Cornerstone 110<br />

“Thank You” 115<br />




<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

MEAN TO YOU?<br />

Looking back.<br />

As I have been reflecting on<br />

the last 20 years of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’ service to the<br />

community, a question of great<br />

interest to me has been “What<br />

does <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> mean to<br />

you?” The utility of this question<br />

is that it can be answered by the<br />

individual engaged in services<br />

as well as friends, families,<br />

employers, first responders,<br />

teachers, community partners,<br />

public officials, municipalities,<br />

jails, prisons, probation<br />

officers, colleges/universities,<br />

faith communities, fitness<br />

communities, and hospitals.<br />

Only through asking this question<br />

broadly enough are we able to<br />

begin to better understand the<br />

depth and breadth of the impact<br />

of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> as:<br />

1. A MODEL<br />

low-barriers, services ondemand,<br />

at no cost to<br />

the individual<br />



growth of addiction recovery<br />

mutual aid meetings and<br />

Oxford Houses<br />


alumni who have gone on<br />

to work professionally in<br />

recovery and treatment<br />

settings, interns whose<br />

experience with <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> has influenced<br />

the direction of their<br />

careers, a service ethic for<br />

helping others that has been<br />

embodied by many alumni<br />


all of our <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

interns, all of the law<br />

enforcement officers who<br />

have toured and attended<br />

educational classes as part of<br />

the CIT program, all of the new<br />

EMS paramedics who spend<br />

time at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

as part of their academy, all<br />

of the Advanced Practice<br />

Paramedics who have spent<br />

time at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> and<br />

invited <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> to<br />

contribute to their educational<br />

training as part of the Mobile<br />

Integrated Health Program,<br />

domestic and international<br />

guests we have hosted (Ghana<br />

and Japan) and elements<br />

of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> that<br />

they have incorporated into<br />

their services<br />



the <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

participants, alumni, staff,<br />

and volunteers<br />



“ Each individual answer<br />

will be uniquely<br />

painted by our personal<br />

experiences.”<br />

If you are reading this<br />

publication, then there is a strong<br />

chance that you are a past or<br />

current supporter of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. And whether you<br />

have been with us for a long<br />

time or joined our recovery<br />

village recently, I invite you to<br />

ask yourself that very question:<br />

“What does <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

mean to you?” Each individual<br />

answer will be uniquely painted<br />

by our personal experiences.<br />

And by each of us reflecting<br />

on and sharing how we have<br />

been impacted, we collectively<br />

create the tapestry of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’ impact over the past<br />

two decades.<br />

Looking forward.<br />

As we stride forward into the<br />

coming decades of service to the<br />

community, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

will continue to be guided by our<br />

founding principles of providing<br />

low barriers and services ondemand<br />

as well as being both<br />

peer-driven and recoveryoriented...as<br />

many times as<br />

it takes.<br />

The future of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

will be guided by a desire to<br />

see more people initiate and<br />

sustain recovery. And it will<br />

include the addition of new<br />

principles as we gain more<br />

institutional knowledge of<br />

effective practices, are better<br />

informed by research, and adapt<br />

to the changing needs of the<br />

community (i.e. shifting drug<br />

trends) as well as changes within<br />

behavioral healthcare policies.<br />

Our experience over the past<br />

20 years has already helped<br />

us improve how we support<br />

individuals. Three main examples<br />

of this are:<br />

1. Greater connection to the<br />

community, particularly the<br />

recovery, faith, and fitness<br />

communities.<br />

2. Recognition and support of<br />

multiple pathways of recovery<br />

initiation and maintenance.<br />

3. Broadening our core strength,<br />

peer support, to include<br />

outreach to:<br />

a. Those who have not<br />

engaged in <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> services<br />

(Rapid Responder program)<br />

b. Those who did not<br />

complete the recovery<br />

program<br />

c. All individuals over a<br />

longer period of time<br />

As we approach the final stages<br />

of our $16.75 million Recovery<br />

Can’t Wait capital campaign for<br />

our much-needed expansion,<br />

we enter this new season with a<br />

tremendous amount of gratitude<br />

and excitement. Gratitude for<br />

those who have supported us<br />

over two decades and for those<br />

who have allowed us to serve<br />

them when they needed it most.<br />

And excitement for those who<br />

will support us in the future, and<br />

for those whom it is our mission<br />

to continue serving for years<br />

to come.<br />

With gratitude,<br />

Chris Budnick<br />

Executive Director<br />


Back<br />




Foundational<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

1997-2000<br />

During the mid-1990’s, Wake County was struggling to address the increasing<br />

number of homeless individuals, two-thirds of whom were identified as also<br />

having an alcohol or other drug problem. Because no shelters would serve<br />

individuals under the influence, street homelessness became a larger problem<br />

resulting in the overuse of jails and emergency departments.<br />

The County formed several committees to explore possible solutions. Their final<br />

recommendation – a non-medical detox, an emergency “wet” shelter, and a longterm<br />

peer-run recovery program (based on a model in Louisville, KY that was<br />

achieving significant results). At the time, official records estimated the number<br />

of homeless individuals to be 1251. Interestingly, quite some time later, the City<br />

assigned 1251 Goode Street as The <strong>Healing</strong> Place’s official street address. Many<br />

saw this as a sign, with some even calling the campus "God’s four acres."<br />

In 2001, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> opened its men’s campus with 165 beds. Then in<br />

2006, the women’s campus was opened with 88 beds. Since its inception, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> has provided a better quality and more economical alternative to<br />

emergency departments, jails, first responders, and the streets.<br />

Wake County<br />

Facts * (1997-2000)<br />

Population 14.8% increase<br />

Homelessness 15.4% decrease<br />

Year Wake Co. Population Homeless Count<br />

1997 551,790 1,856<br />

1998<br />

570,353 1,975<br />

1999<br />

586,940 1,900<br />

2000<br />

633,517 1,571<br />

*Source: United States Census Bureau<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


Linda Strother<br />


In a world that feels constantly<br />

connected, it’s hard to imagine<br />

a time when “just Google it”<br />

didn’t bring you the answers you<br />

were looking for. But for Linda<br />

Strother, a retired public health<br />

nurse in Wake County, it wasn’t<br />

that easy.<br />

Linda Strother<br />

“For several years, we’d been<br />

working hard to address the<br />

rising homelessness and<br />

addiction problems in the<br />

community, but it wasn’t<br />

enough,” she recalled. “In 1993,<br />

we started to see the rapid rise<br />

of these issues in our community<br />

and the devastation it caused for<br />

so many.”<br />

Back then, Wake County had<br />

just eight detox beds and 26<br />

substance use rehabilitation<br />

beds in the entire county.<br />

The County organized a task<br />

force with several community<br />

partners to find a program<br />

that could address this urgent<br />

need. Linda was volunteered<br />

to serve as the chair of the<br />

committee, but she could’ve<br />

never imagined what that<br />

request would turn into.<br />


“ Bringing The <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Place program to<br />

Wake County was like<br />

a dream to me.”<br />

“It scared the liver out of me, to<br />

tell you the truth. Are you kidding<br />

me? I was so frustrated. I was<br />

looking for all kinds of solutions<br />

but nothing suited me. Nothing fit<br />

what I was looking for.”<br />

“Bringing The <strong>Healing</strong> Place<br />

program to Wake County was<br />

like a dream to me,” Linda shared<br />

fondly. “It was like building the<br />

steps of recovery from nothing<br />

to something. That’s exactly how<br />

I felt about it. It took so many<br />

people. I still don’t know how I<br />

found the program in the first<br />

place. I think it was a Higher<br />

Power. I really do.”<br />

And then it happened. On<br />

January 14, 1997, long after her<br />

teammates had turned off the<br />

lights in the office and left to go<br />

home, Linda was still at her desk,<br />

typing and searching and looking<br />

desperately for something that<br />

would help.<br />

“I stayed in my office until<br />

seven o’clock that night. It was<br />

dark outside. And I wasn’t very<br />

computer literate at all. I put my<br />

finger on the keys, counted to<br />

five, and guess what? The <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Place of Louisville, Kentucky<br />

came up on the screen (a site<br />

which, at the time, had only been<br />

viewed 701 times ever). It just<br />

appeared. I got cold chills from<br />

my toes to my head. I had been so<br />

agonized, so tired, so frustrated.<br />

And then there it was.”<br />

Linda presented the program<br />

to her boss, Maria Spaulding,<br />

who was the Director of Wake<br />

County Human Services at the<br />

time. Maria quickly realized<br />

its potential and made it a top<br />

priority for the department. Soon<br />

after, Maria led an 18-person<br />

delegation of community<br />

partners to visit the program<br />

in Kentucky. Three members of<br />

that group – Maria Spaulding,<br />

Barbara Goodmon (Wake County<br />

Human Services board member),<br />

and Fred Barber (Senior Vice<br />

President for Broadcasting at<br />

Capitol Broadcasting Company)<br />

– were so inspired by what they<br />

saw on that trip that they agreed<br />

to do whatever it took to bring<br />

the program to Wake County. The<br />

group, known as The Dynamic<br />

Trio, was born!<br />

When construction began in<br />

2000, Linda and her husband<br />

visited the construction site.<br />

“I kissed the bricks!” Linda said<br />

with a laugh.<br />

Linda shares her reflections<br />

as she looks back on <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’ 20-year history.<br />

“Chris Budnick is the true hero<br />

of this program,” she shared. “He<br />

is the only person who has been<br />

there from the writing of the first<br />

program policies to seeing the<br />

construction of the men’s and<br />

women’s campuses to the dayto-day<br />

joys and challenges of<br />

running <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> for<br />

all of the 20 years of existence.<br />

He is incredible.”<br />

She also reminisced about<br />

her role in the organization’s<br />

success. “I just felt so good being<br />

a part of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>,”<br />

she acknowledged. “Sometimes,<br />

it can be so frustrating to be a<br />

nurse, seeing what we see every<br />

day. But deep down, human<br />

beings can be really good, you<br />

know? We can all make things<br />

better.”<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


“ Maria Spaulding, the Wake County<br />

Human Services Director; Barbara<br />

Goodmon, a member of the Wake<br />

County Human Services Board, and<br />

Fred Barber, Senior Vice President<br />

at Capital Broadcasting Company –<br />

the three people who have worked<br />

tirelessly to bring a local program<br />

of the celebrated <strong>Healing</strong> Place (a<br />

nonprofit organization based in<br />

Louisville, Kentucky) to Wake County.”<br />

The News & Observer, March 17, 1999<br />



Dynamic<br />

the<br />

TRIO<br />

Fred Barber, Maria Spaulding,<br />

and Barbara Goodmon.<br />


Fred Barber (1938-2014)<br />


You can almost hear the smile<br />

spreading on Evelyn Barber’s<br />

face when we start talking about<br />

her late husband, Fred, and one<br />

of the biggest joys of his life – his<br />

work at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />

“<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> became<br />

the greatest passion of Fred’s<br />

life,” she said. “And I felt the<br />

same way. We lost our older<br />

son, Mark, to alcoholism, and<br />

Fred was a recovering alcoholic.<br />

We couldn’t save our son, but<br />

we both felt that our work with<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> was a tribute<br />

to him. And if we could help<br />

other parents help their children<br />

save themselves…well it became<br />

very personal to us.”<br />

Fred Barber, along with former<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

director, Maria Spaulding, and<br />

Barbara Goodmon, former Board<br />

Member at Wake County Human<br />

Services, became known in the<br />

community as the “Dynamic<br />

Trio.” Many who spoke to us for<br />

this series acknowledged that<br />

opening the doors at <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Darryl with Evelyn<br />



“ I think to see people go from living on the streets<br />

to living normal life again, it’s very rewarding.”<br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> 20 years ago would<br />

never have happened without<br />

the trio’s unique combination of<br />

charm, perseverance, and grit.<br />

While the three of them faced<br />

some early challenges trying<br />

to convince local leaders and<br />

donors that this program was a<br />

worthwhile investment for the<br />

community, Evelyn still remembers<br />

those early days fondly.<br />

“I called Fred’s work with<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> his ’healthy<br />

obsession.’ And I’m so glad he<br />

found it,” she recalled. “Saturday<br />

nights were our date nights,<br />

and we’d always start them with<br />

his weekly meeting at <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. I’d go with him, and<br />

then we’d go out to get a pancake<br />

or something to eat together<br />

downtown. That was always fun.”<br />

Fast forward twenty years, and<br />

she still sees the rewards of her<br />

husband’s hard work almost daily.<br />

“One of the most exciting and<br />

rewarding things to me has<br />

been encountering people in<br />

jobs around town. People who<br />

completed the program and<br />

are now functioning in the ’real<br />

world.’ That’s just so exciting.<br />

And a lot of them are now giving<br />

back to others. I love to see<br />

people go from living on the<br />

streets to living a normal life<br />

again, it’s very rewarding. My<br />

face lights up every time I think<br />

of it. It’s so heartwarming.”<br />

Evelyn smiled as she added, “I<br />

consider myself a pretty riskaverse<br />

person. But here we were,<br />

Fred and me, Maria and Barbara,<br />

starting something that some<br />

people might say was risky. But<br />

how could you go wrong with<br />

helping others? I never thought<br />

of it as risky at all.”<br />

Evelyn Barber, Kat Thomas,<br />

John T., and Fred Barber<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


Maria Spaulding<br />


When Maria Spaulding<br />

started her career, she<br />

wasn’t sure what she wanted<br />

to do, but she knew she did not<br />

want to have anything to do with<br />

“disadvantaged people or people<br />

who had a lot of problems.”<br />

You can hear her laugh as she<br />

tells this part of her life story.<br />

“I wanted to work with people<br />

who were healthy, I wanted to<br />

work in economic development<br />

with a lot of money. That’s what<br />

my goal was when I was younger.<br />

Working in human services was a<br />

total accident.”<br />

Call it a “happy accident” then,<br />

because Maria Spaulding’s<br />

work over the span of her 30-<br />

year career in human services<br />

included co-founding <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> with Fred Barber<br />

and Barbara Goodmon. She<br />

remembered the day they<br />

decided to make it happen.<br />

“We were on the plane coming<br />

back from that first visit to The<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> Place in Kentucky, and<br />

we could not get back here<br />

fast enough to start calling<br />

people. We just put our heads<br />

together and said ’Come hell<br />

or high water, we’re bringing<br />

this program to Raleigh, and<br />

nothing is going to stop us’,”<br />

she shared. “And nothing did. It<br />

was wonderful. One of the best<br />

days of my life was when we<br />

opened and probably the most<br />

outstanding thing I feel like<br />

I’ve done in my whole career.<br />

I would never exchange it for<br />

anything. Never.”<br />

Maria recalled the enormous task<br />

her team faced when she was<br />

selected to head up Wake County<br />

Human Services and reorganize<br />

the social services departments<br />

across the county.<br />

“We were working to integrate<br />

our services because we<br />

realized that people never<br />

came to us with one issue, they<br />

came with several issues. If you<br />

weren’t able to address all of<br />

the issues, they would never<br />

become a whole person and<br />

be able to be self-sufficient,<br />

keep their families together,<br />

and stay out of trouble. It just<br />

never worked,” she shared.<br />

“We conducted a survey and<br />

found that the things that kept<br />

people from being successful<br />

were poverty and substance<br />

use problems. And that’s when<br />

we knew we had to find a new<br />

solution to this problem for<br />

our community.”<br />

Even though <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

has been open for nearly two<br />

decades now, Maria says she still<br />

hears from people whose lives<br />

have been changed as a result<br />

of the program.<br />

“I remember going to the grocery<br />

store a few years ago and the<br />

cashier said, ’You don’t know me,<br />



but I graduated from <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, and I’ve been sober<br />

for several years now. And you<br />

sent a bedroom furniture set<br />

from your house to help me get<br />

started. I still have that furniture<br />

in my bedroom,’ he told me.”<br />

Maria continued to reflect on<br />

the legacy of her life’s work and<br />

of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ impact in<br />

the community.<br />

“It’s very gratifying to know you<br />

had a hand in someone’s success<br />

in their life. To see them working,<br />

happy, and back with their family.<br />

It’s tremendous. Believe it or not, I<br />

found my mission. Human services<br />

was the very thing I had run away<br />

from for almost 20 years of my<br />

career. This was the kind of work<br />

that wasn’t work, and it really<br />

became my life’s mission. And I<br />

still love it today!”<br />

“ It’s very gratifying to<br />

know you had a hand<br />

in someone’s success<br />

in their life.”<br />

Maria Spaulding<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


Barbara Goodmon<br />


When you sit down to hear<br />

the stories of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’ early days, one story<br />

comes up over and over again.<br />

Each founder interviewed for<br />

this year’s anniversary stories<br />

said, “You have to ask Barbara<br />

about the time we met with<br />

WakeMed.” And then they would<br />

laugh. Naturally this was the<br />

first question we asked Barbara<br />

Goodmon, one of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> co-founders.<br />

“We had decided that WakeMed<br />

had to give us $2 million,”<br />

said Barbara, her voice thick<br />

with pride as she recalled the<br />

meeting that would become the<br />

catalyst for the organization’s<br />

biggest donation at the time.<br />

“They just had to. We had no way<br />

to raise that money alone. The<br />

three of us didn’t know much<br />

about fundraising at the time.<br />

And no one else was going to<br />

give us that kind of money to<br />

invest in a program they had<br />

never seen or heard of.”<br />

Barbara Goodmon<br />



She continued. “The WakeMed<br />

board offered us $1 million, and<br />

I said, ’Thank you, but that’s not<br />

enough.’ They told us to leave and<br />

go wait for them in the hallway.<br />

They talked for a while and then<br />

came out and agreed to give us<br />

the full $2 million. Just like that.”<br />

Barbara, Maria Spaulding (the<br />

former executive director at<br />

Wake County Human Services),<br />

and Evelyn Barber (Capitol<br />

Broadcasting Company’s<br />

former Senior Vice President<br />

for Broadcasting), agreed that<br />

without that donation from<br />

WakeMed, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

may not be around today to<br />

celebrate its <strong>20th</strong> anniversary.<br />

“Downtown at that time wasn’t<br />

a nice place. We literally had<br />

no services to help people back<br />

then,” Barbara noted. “The<br />

police would drive homeless<br />

individuals five miles out of town<br />

and drop them off in the middle<br />

of nowhere. Hospitals would<br />

even give money to people to<br />

make them go away. Those were<br />

the options. There were so many<br />

people with nowhere to go and<br />

no help for them.”<br />

At the time, Barbara was serving<br />

on the board of Wake County’s<br />

Human Services department<br />

alongside Maria Spaulding.<br />

They realized the community<br />

desperately needed a better<br />

solution to the problems of<br />

homelessness and substance use,<br />

but no one knew where to turn.<br />

“Linda Strother, a staffer on<br />

Maria’s team at the time, quite<br />

accidentally found this program,”<br />

recalled Barbara. “We went to<br />

Louisville, Kentucky to see The<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> Place program. We were<br />

blown away. We kept looking for<br />

the problems. It couldn’t really be<br />

this good.”<br />

“When we came back, we got off<br />

the airplane, and Fred, Maria, and<br />

I made a pact that we would see<br />

to it that <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> was<br />

built. And that’s how it started.”<br />

Barbara, Maria, and Fred were<br />

known around town as the<br />

“Dynamic Trio.” But it wasn’t<br />

always smooth sailing to get<br />

these three to agree as they<br />

worked toward their goal of<br />

opening <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />

“Fred was our leader. He was<br />

a great person, and I’m sorry<br />

he isn’t here to celebrate this<br />

with us,” said Barbara. “Fred<br />

and Maria would fuss at each<br />

other all the time. They were<br />

both strong-headed. I mean,<br />

I have a strong personality,<br />

but nothing to beat theirs. But<br />

then, we’d always get done<br />

what we were supposed to get<br />

done. And we got it done right.<br />

It was a mountain of a task,<br />

and we needed to have strong<br />

personalities to get it done.”<br />

Today, Barbara says it’s<br />

incredible to hear the stories<br />

of the thousands of men and<br />

women whose lives have been<br />

changed for the better because<br />

of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ work in<br />

the community.<br />

“We had more disbelievers<br />

than believers when we first<br />

started,” added Barbara. “But<br />

look at it today. When I pass<br />

by <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, it’s<br />

remarkable. They’re known far<br />

and wide. <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

has helped to make Raleigh<br />

what it is today.”<br />

“ <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has helped to make Raleigh<br />

what it is today."<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


IN<br />

THE<br />

News<br />

(1997-2000)<br />

The News & Observer, March 17, 1999<br />

The News & Observer, November 27, 1998<br />

The News & Observer, June 28, 2000<br />


Centennial Campus, July 9, 1999<br />

The News & Observer, July 7, 1999<br />

The News & Observer, November 27, 1998<br />

The News & Observer,<br />

July 23, 1999<br />

THE FOUNDATIONAL YEARS [ 1997–2000 ]<br />


Jay Davidson,President/CEO of The <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Place of Louisville and Maria Spaulding at<br />

the Dedication Ceremony held May 2, 2001.<br />


Star£-Up<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

2001-2005<br />

On January 15, 2001, after years of research, collaboration, planning,<br />

investment from the community, building, and tons of hard work, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> – known then as The <strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake County – opened its<br />

doors to the community. The mission was simple: provide on-demand recovery<br />

services at no cost for homeless, uninsured, and underserved men. Four days<br />

later, the first nine men entered the first stage of the recovery program.<br />

The impact was immediate. In its first year of operation, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

served 1,105 men in need of its services, and 42 completed the long-term<br />

recovery program. Within the first five years of existence, the Wake County<br />

homeless population decreased by almost 25%, even as the general population<br />

saw an increase of more than 14%.<br />

*Source: United States Census Bureau<br />

Wake County<br />

Facts (2001-2005)<br />

Population 14.4% increase<br />

Homelessness 24.9% decrease<br />

Year Wake Co. Population Homeless Count<br />

2001 659,127 1,472<br />

2002<br />

680,443 1,571<br />

2003<br />

701,437 1,472<br />

2004<br />

723,095 1,235<br />

2005<br />

753,828 1,106<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


(continued from previous page)<br />

At the helm of this ship was<br />

Dennis Parnell, who served as<br />

the organization’s founding<br />

director from January<br />

1999-March 2016. Dennis was<br />

instrumental in the successful<br />

replication of the Louisville<br />

model, and he was actively<br />

involved in the design phase of<br />

the men’s campus.<br />

Karen Parnell, wife of founding<br />

Executive Director, Dennis, during<br />

construction of Men’s Campus on<br />

July 25, 2001.<br />

While the success and impact<br />

of The <strong>Healing</strong> Place was<br />

being felt by the community,<br />

there remained a need to<br />

serve homeless, uninsured,<br />

and underserved women and<br />

children. Calls from women in<br />

need and letters from women<br />

who were in jail needing a place<br />

to recover had steadily streamed<br />

in since the first day.<br />

First Silver Chip class.<br />

“ The mission was simple: provide on-demand<br />

recovery services at no cost for homeless,<br />

uninsured, and underserved men.”<br />

In 2003, a $10 million capital<br />

campaign kicked off for a<br />

90-bed facility for women.<br />

Initial investments were made<br />

by some familiar supporters<br />

of the first capital campaign<br />

– The Wake County Board of<br />

Alcoholic Beverage Control,<br />

Wake County, Progress Energy,<br />

Capital Broadcasting, and the<br />

A.J. Fletcher Foundation. By<br />

late 2005, the fundraising goal<br />

had been completed and a new<br />

building providing recovery<br />

services to women in need was<br />

in its final stages of preparation.<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ women’s<br />

campus was a go.<br />


West<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #3<br />

“ The sense of community that was<br />

built in the program became a lifelong<br />

bond that can never be broken. I’m still<br />

touched when I hear from someone<br />

who I went through the program with.”<br />

Darryl “West”<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


“ That was January 24,<br />

2001, the day that I was<br />

introduced to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. Since<br />

that day, my life has<br />

dramatically changed.”<br />

Before I came to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I was living<br />

in a rooming house and was behind on the<br />

rent, facing eviction. The place was really a crack<br />

house because of all the drugs being used there.<br />

My last day using was January 23. I used that<br />

entire night and wound up going to Shepherd’s<br />

Table Soup Kitchen for lunch the next day.<br />

Unbeknownst to me, the 20 guys who were in the program<br />

at the recently-opened <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> (known then<br />

as The <strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake County) would eat lunch at<br />


Past and present of Darryl (the photo<br />

of him in the blue suit is from the first<br />

Silver Chip ceremony in 2001).<br />

the soup kitchen. I ran into a guy<br />

while I was there that day who I<br />

knew on the streets. There was<br />

something different about him.<br />

He looked different. I asked him<br />

what he’d been up to, and he<br />

told me that he was at this new<br />

treatment place on the Dorothea<br />

Dix campus. He talked about how<br />

great it was and how they were<br />

fed each day and went to classes.<br />

So, I asked him how I could get<br />

into this program. He told me<br />

that there was a big bus that<br />

comes in the evening to pick a<br />

certain number of people up and<br />

take them over to The <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Place. And at that point, I had a<br />

decision to make. Do I take the<br />

risk of going back to the rooming<br />

house and possibly using, or go<br />

wait for that bus to come?<br />

I decided to go over to where<br />

the bus stop was and sat in the<br />

woods for four or five hours<br />

while I waited for the bus. It<br />

was 28-degrees outside with a<br />

slight mist in the air. There I was<br />

– weighing about 127 pounds,<br />

wearing a thin jacket, some<br />

sweatpants, and girls’ sneakers<br />

– waiting in the woods. That<br />

was January 24, 2001, the day<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


that I was introduced to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. Since that day, my life<br />

has dramatically changed.<br />

When I first got to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, it was just nine days<br />

after it had opened. At the time,<br />

there was no detox center. Just<br />

the overnight shelter and about<br />

20 guys in the first stage of the<br />

program. The courtyard was<br />

nothing but mud with the giant<br />

archway and wall sticking out<br />

of it. 90% of the staff were from<br />

Louisville, and they were actually<br />

living on campus in what would<br />

later be the CTR halls.<br />

I vividly remember the moment<br />

after I was dropped off, I was<br />

making my way down the<br />

walkway toward the overnight<br />

shelter and peered into one of<br />

the windows where the detox<br />

center would later be. They didn’t<br />

have any clients or staff in there<br />

yet, the only items they had in<br />

the room were the brown, steel<br />

bed frames. Having worked in the<br />

funeral business in the past,<br />

I thought it was their morgue.<br />

In those early days of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, when you got into the<br />

program, you didn’t really have a<br />

place to lay down and detox to get<br />

primed for the program. Plus, you<br />

really didn’t have anybody ahead<br />

of you in the program to believe<br />

in. I didn’t even really believe the<br />

staff from Louisville who kept<br />

telling me that this will work if I<br />

followed the process. The only<br />

evidence I had was knowing that<br />

what I was doing wasn’t working.<br />

So it was really a leap of faith to<br />

follow their process and listen to<br />

what I was told.<br />

One of the biggest aspects that<br />

made the program work for<br />

those first cohorts was how safe<br />

the facilities were. I had stayed<br />

in other shelters in the past,<br />

and I never felt safe at all. So<br />

having everyone feel safe and<br />

secure really helped us focus<br />

on what we needed to do in the<br />

program. On top of that, there<br />

weren’t any expectations that<br />

were unrealistic to achieve. All<br />

you had to do was go to class,<br />

remain substance free, refrain<br />

“ Congratulations to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> for two<br />

decades of service to our community.”<br />

from saying offensive things,<br />

and never use violence. Those<br />

simple guidelines helped create<br />

a feeling of love and kindness<br />

for one other. The sense of<br />

community that was built in the<br />

program became a lifelong bond<br />

that can never be broken. I’m<br />

still touched when I hear from<br />

someone who I went through the<br />

program with.<br />

I was part of the first group of 10<br />

men who completed the recovery<br />

program – Silver Chipper #3. That<br />

was in August of 2001. It was that<br />

very first group that made the<br />

decision to dress up and celebrate<br />

our completion of the program.<br />

Nobody ever told us that we<br />

needed to wear suits or make it<br />

an occasion, but we wanted to do<br />

it because some of us had never<br />

completed anything but a jail<br />

sentence or a bottle of wine.<br />

After completing the program,<br />

my fellow peer, Jerome, and I<br />

were the first two alumni who<br />

were hired as staff members at<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>. We worked<br />

in the detox center and overnight<br />

shelter, which I did for more than<br />

three years. Even after leaving<br />

that job, I’ve continued to stay<br />

closely connected with <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, doing whatever I can<br />

to help out.<br />

In 2011, I was elected onto the<br />

Board of Directors for <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. So, I went from<br />

walking past what I thought<br />

was the morgue, to sitting<br />

in the boardroom. I still get<br />

chills when I think about that.<br />

Being on the board was a little<br />

intimidating, at first. There were<br />

lawyers, businesspeople, and<br />

other accomplished folks on the<br />

committee. I remember in the<br />

very first meeting, they needed to<br />

raise $8,000 to reach a fundraising<br />

goal they were working on, and<br />

one of the board members just<br />

reached in her pocket and wrote<br />

a check for $7,500. I didn’t even<br />

have $75 in the bank! I later talked<br />

to my mentor about it, and he<br />

told me that they’re just a bunch<br />

of human beings with briefcases.<br />


They have struggles just like I did,<br />

and they were no different. And<br />

they weren’t.<br />

As a past participant, I knew<br />

it could be intimidating to see<br />

the board members on campus.<br />

There was a bit of a disconnect<br />

between the folks who were in<br />

the program and the folks who<br />

were trying to grow the program.<br />

So, during my time on the board,<br />

I came up with the idea that<br />

we would eat dinner before the<br />

board meetings in the cafeteria<br />

with the participants. That way<br />

we could actually get to know<br />

one another, which would help<br />

the participants appreciate the<br />

board members more, and it<br />

would help the board understand<br />

the people and program better.<br />

It was a win-win.<br />

That connection between the<br />

program participants and board<br />

members was something I felt<br />

I brought to the board while<br />

serving on it. Whether it was<br />

eating with the participants,<br />

serving meals to them, or<br />

volunteering to help out in other<br />

ways, we worked on bridging that<br />

gap between the two groups.<br />

That way the board members<br />

weren’t viewed as objects to the<br />

participants, and vice versa.<br />

When I reflect on how <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> has grown over the<br />

past 20 years, I have really seen<br />

the growth of three different<br />

areas. First, it has helped grow<br />

the community. Sometimes there<br />

are things happening all around<br />

us that you can’t see – but you<br />

can feel something is different.<br />

When I first got into the program<br />

20 years ago, nobody knew what<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> was. It was<br />

just this new entity that nobody<br />

understood. But now, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> is one of the most<br />

respected institutions in<br />

the community.<br />

When <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> was<br />

founded, and when I got there, we<br />

were in the middle of the crack<br />

epidemic. Nobody knew that in<br />

10 years, the opioid epidemic was<br />

going to hit the community even<br />

harder. But <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

primed the community by helping<br />

it survive the crack epidemic.<br />

And because of that, all of the<br />

stakeholders in the community,<br />

whether they’re homeowners, law<br />

enforcement, healthcare workers,<br />

etc. now know that this is a place<br />

where someone in need of help<br />

can be sent to so they can live<br />

a better life. And so many folks<br />

in our community have come<br />

through the doors at <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, like me. You might not<br />

see us, but we’re there.<br />

Second, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has<br />

helped me grow, personally. I<br />

have six grandsons – from ages<br />

4 to 20 – and none of them<br />

have seen or heard of me using<br />

drugs and alcohol. So, I’ve been<br />

reunited with my family. <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> also helped me<br />

achieve a professional career. And<br />

even in my career, I try to exude<br />

and promote a lot of the same<br />

principles the program taught me.<br />

Finally, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has<br />

helped the recovery community<br />

grow. This place gives those who<br />

have come through the program<br />

somewhere to go so we can<br />

recharge. For so many of us, that<br />

constant connection with the<br />

recovery community is vital. So,<br />

we’re able to go up to campus<br />

and talk, laugh, reminisce, and<br />

bond with those going through<br />

the exact same thing we went<br />

through. The growth of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> over the last 20 years<br />

has been unlike anything I’ve<br />

ever experienced. And as long<br />

as the doors remain open, I hope<br />

to continually be of service to<br />

them. Congratulations to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> for two decades of<br />

service to our community.<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


Raeford<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #85<br />

“ And on September 3, 2002,<br />

I became the 85th person<br />

to complete the program.”<br />


Before I came to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, my<br />

life was screwed up because of drugs<br />

and alcohol. My using caused me to go to<br />

prison for a little while. Then, even after I<br />

got out, I kept using. I just didn’t know how<br />

to stop.<br />

The night I went to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> is one I’ll<br />

always remember. It was a cold, December night<br />

back in 2001, and I had made up my mind that I<br />

was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I called<br />

the Raleigh Police Department and told them that<br />

I couldn’t stop using and needed help. Thankfully,<br />

they came and picked me up, and took me to an<br />

alcohol treatment center near WakeMed. One of<br />

the on-duty staff members said they didn’t have an<br />

available bed that night. However, they told me that<br />

I could go to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, known then as<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place, and that they’d take me in.<br />

Now, I’m a Raleigh-native, and I had no idea that this<br />

place existed.<br />

So, the RPD officer brought me to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> and dropped me off at the detox center.<br />

That was on December 18th. Since it was so close<br />

to Christmas, I didn’t want to stay. I told the person<br />

working in detox that I wanted to be with my family<br />

Raeford came to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

in December 2001. He began<br />

working December 16, 2002.<br />


“ One of the biggest impacts <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

has had is how it has helped keep people out<br />

of jails and hospitals. I’ve also noticed how the<br />

community has felt safer because of the work<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> and its partners have done.”<br />

and friends for the holidays. He<br />

replied that the best thing I could<br />

give my family for Christmas is<br />

the gift of being clean and sober.<br />

So I decided to stay for another<br />

night, but I told myself that the<br />

next day would be my last.<br />

My plan for the next day was to<br />

get up in the morning, trudge<br />

with the guys to attend a class,<br />

then leave after the class was<br />

over. But while I was sitting in<br />

that class, I had a realization. It<br />

felt like someone tapped me on<br />

the shoulder and said, “Where<br />

are you going? You’ve burnt every<br />

bridge that you have. Nobody<br />

wants you around because you<br />

cause problems every time<br />

you get to drinking. You have<br />

nowhere to go.” After the class<br />

was over, instead of leaving to be<br />

with my family, I decided to stay a<br />

little while longer.<br />

classes to the new participants.<br />

I was near the end of my second<br />

term as a peer mentor when<br />

Chris Budnick, now the Executive<br />

Director, asked if I would like to<br />

work at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>. I<br />

said I would love to, and started<br />

working part-time before being<br />

hired on full-time.<br />

Ever since I made that decision<br />

during class to stay in the<br />

program, life in recovery has been<br />

incredible. I would never want to<br />

live my life any other way. What I<br />

learned while going through the<br />

program are lessons that I’ll take<br />

with me for the rest of my life. I’m<br />

so grateful for the classes where<br />

I learned that because of this<br />

disease, if I go back out and use<br />

again even once, I’ll wind up right<br />

back where I was 19 years ago.<br />

The recovery program also taught<br />

me how to help other people.<br />

Because before I came here,<br />

I wasn’t interested in helping<br />

another person unless I was<br />

getting something out of it. But<br />

now I know how to truly care for<br />

another person.<br />

What I didn’t realize as I stepped<br />

onto the men’s campus on<br />

After about three months of<br />

being in the recovery program,<br />

I made my mind up that this<br />

was something I was going to<br />

do. I’ve never finished anything<br />

in my life, but I decided that I<br />

would complete this recovery<br />

program. And on September 3,<br />

2002, I became the 85th person<br />

to complete the program. After<br />

finishing, I signed up to be a<br />

peer mentor and helped teach<br />

Raeford during check-in.<br />


December 18, 2001 is that I<br />

would be a part of this place for<br />

decades to come. For the last<br />

13 years, I have been working<br />

full-time in the overnight shelter.<br />

The guys in the shelter know<br />

that they can come up and ask<br />

me about recovery. We can talk<br />

about recovery all night long if<br />

they want to. I love giving back<br />

and helping the next person the<br />

same way I was helped when I<br />

was here.<br />

My favorite part of working<br />

in the shelter is getting to see<br />

people transform right in front<br />

of my eyes. I love watching<br />

how people grow as they go<br />

through the program and learn<br />

about this disease. Many times,<br />

when a person first gets here,<br />

they aren’t intending to stay<br />

here. They see the shelter as a<br />

place that will keep them warm<br />

through the night. But then<br />

something happens. They might<br />

see someone they used to run<br />

on the streets with, and see the<br />

change that person has made<br />

through the program. Or they<br />

might talk to an alumni about<br />

their experience in recovery, and<br />

it makes them want to give this<br />

program a try.<br />

I’ve been at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

from its early days, and the<br />

impact that I’ve seen this place<br />

make in the community over the<br />

last 20 years has been huge. One<br />

of the biggest impacts <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> has had is how it has<br />

helped keep people out of jails<br />

and hospitals. I’ve also noticed<br />

how the community has felt safer<br />

because of the work <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> and its partners<br />

have done.<br />

When people go through this<br />

recovery program, their lives<br />

are completely turned around.<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has saved my<br />

life, and in my 20 years of service<br />

here, I’ve seen the program save<br />

so many more lives. When I’m at a<br />

Transition Ceremony and a Silver<br />

Chipper mentions how I helped<br />

them through the program, it’s<br />

a wonderful feeling. I hope I<br />

can touch more lives and help<br />

everyone who comes here.<br />

2001 - 2005 MILESTONES<br />

2001 Jan. 15 Men’s Campus opens<br />

2001 July 24 Official DOT adoption of Lake Wheeler Road<br />

2002 Nov. 26 Silver Chipper #100 completes men’s program<br />

2003 Feb. 6 Provided 100,000th bed of shelter<br />

2003 May 17 1,000th client admitted to SUC (now known as Detox Center)<br />

2003 July $10M capital campaign kicks off for women’s facility<br />

2004 Nov. 25 Surpassed 200,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2004 Dec. 16 Silver Chipper #200 completes men’s program<br />

2005 Oct. 21 Surpassed 250,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2005 Dec. Women’s Campus capital campaign finishes<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


the<br />

Star£-Up<br />

YEARS<br />

2001-2005<br />

Thomas Sayre’s canvas for the future Men’s Courtyard.<br />

David and Henry with new trees.<br />

Dennis Parnell finding empty beer bottles at site of future<br />

Men’s Campus.<br />

Georg’Ellen Betts, Dr. Wilmer Betts, and Jay Davidson at<br />

2001 Dedication Ceremony.<br />


Gloria Johnson at 2001 Dedication Ceremony.<br />

Wake County Medical Society check presentation.<br />

Evelyn Barber serving food.<br />

Courtyard wall Steps 1 through 6.<br />

Courtyard trees.<br />

Celebrate recovery.<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


Men’s Courtyard construction.<br />

Men’s Campus construction.<br />

Thomas Sayre archway earthcast.<br />

Raising of archway earthcast.<br />

Wake Tech’s Tom Nugent with Men’s Campus Life<br />

Skills students.<br />

Transition Ceremony.<br />


Transition Ceremony.<br />

Jim getting a trim during a Durham Bulls game.<br />

Typical monthly Lake Wheeler Rd. clean up.<br />

Durham Bulls game in the Capitol Broadcasting suite.<br />

Counter Culture collaboration for "<strong>Healing</strong> Blend" coffee<br />

at Whole Foods.<br />

Cinder (2005-2020).<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


Robert, Silver Chip #165, getting car in recovery.<br />

Kat Thomas in the new Healthcare Self-Care Clinic.<br />

August 21, 2002 - Silver Chip Ceremony.<br />

Durham Bulls baseball game outing.<br />

William Dickens and Chris Budnick painting a neighbor’s<br />

home in 2003.<br />


2004 Detox staff with Dr. Wilmer Betts.<br />

Help people find their way back.<br />

Recovery Month walk on September 17, 2004.<br />

"Phase" the cat (2002-2020).<br />

Preparing women’s campus.<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


IN<br />

THE<br />

News<br />

(2001-2005)<br />

The News & Observer, September 11, 2003<br />


<strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’<br />

Impact<br />

(2001-2005)<br />

6,088<br />


The News & Observer, September, 2000<br />

329,495<br />


262<br />


The News & Observer, July 17, 2003<br />

670,000<br />


$24.80<br />



142.92<br />



Herald Sun, July 9, 2003<br />

THE START-UP YEARS [ 2001–2005 ]<br />


Artspace Community Outreach Program.<br />

Under the guidance of Artspace sculptor<br />

Paris Alexander, the men carved 30<br />

limestone relief sculptures for the new<br />

Women’s Campus.<br />


Expansion<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

2006-2010<br />

On January 16, 2006, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ women’s campus opened, taking<br />

in 14 women on the very first night. The next day, 10 women entered the first<br />

stage of the long-term recovery program. Within the first year of operation, the<br />

women’s campus provided services to 956 women, three of whom completed<br />

the full recovery program.<br />

With both campuses fully-operational, Wake County now had a place that<br />

could serve homeless and underserved men and women struggling with<br />

addiction that was free to the participant, open 24 hours a day, and would<br />

serve them as many times as it took to find lasting recovery. The peer-to-peer<br />

model and connection to local organizations in Wake County allowed each<br />

person to build a network of support to help them even after they left, no<br />

matter if it was before or after they completed the recovery program.<br />

Wake County<br />

Facts (2006-2010)<br />

Population 16% increase<br />

Homelessness 14.6% increase<br />

Year Wake Co. Population Homeless Count<br />

2006 792,940 981<br />

2007<br />

831,746 1,043<br />

2008<br />

866,068 1,144<br />

2009<br />

897,214 1,152<br />

2010<br />

919,938 1,124<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


A.J.<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #10<br />

My name is A.J. and I<br />

am Silver Chipper #10<br />

at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>. I<br />

completed the program<br />

in 2007, and if it wasn’t<br />

for <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I<br />

wouldn’t be where I am<br />

today. I was in a very dark<br />

spot, and the program gave<br />

me a way to find healing<br />

and recovery.<br />

I am the oldest of seven children.<br />

When I was a child, my mother<br />

was an alcoholic. So that was<br />

never one of my demons. I knew<br />

what would happen if I started<br />

drinking. Early on, I wanted to<br />

move out, get my own place, and<br />

make my own way. Both of my<br />

grandmothers were nurses, so I<br />

graduated from high school, got<br />

my own apartment, and went<br />

into nursing too.<br />

My addiction began after my<br />

marriage started to fall apart.<br />

Everything I thought I knew<br />

about my husband was a lie, and<br />

I began to self-medicate. I had<br />

always had a place of my own<br />

since I was 18 years old, but for<br />

the first time in my life, I didn’t<br />

have a home. I was too proud<br />

to say that I was homeless, but<br />

I was living at my sister’s house<br />

or my parents’ house. But I was<br />

really homeless.<br />

Things were really difficult<br />

back then. I couldn’t figure out<br />

why Social Services was always<br />

showing up at my door, but I was<br />

struggling. My husband couldn’t<br />

keep a regular job. I always had<br />

a job. And by then, I had four<br />

children to raise.<br />

I grew up in New York, so I<br />

decided to go back to my family.<br />

I knew they’d always take care<br />

of me, but sometimes, though I<br />


didn’t realize it at the time, they<br />

were enabling my addiction<br />

too. My oldest daughter stayed<br />

in North Carolina to finish her<br />

last year of high school. My next<br />

daughter was already living in<br />

New York, so I took my youngest<br />

two children, packed the car,<br />

and drove back home to my<br />

parents’ house.<br />

That summer, I thought my son<br />

would enjoy sleepaway camp,<br />

so while he was there for two<br />

weeks, I drove back to North<br />

Carolina with my baby to help<br />

my daughter find a dress for<br />

prom. One day, a man rode past<br />

me on a bicycle, and I realized<br />

it was my bike. I went to my<br />

storage unit and discovered that<br />

someone had broken in and<br />

stolen everything except the<br />

clothes on the floor of the unit.<br />

I was devastated. My marriage<br />

had fallen apart. My children<br />

were struggling. That night,<br />

I went and got high. I hadn’t<br />

been high for a long time. The<br />

next morning, Social Services<br />

called me.<br />

My in-laws had contacted<br />

them and told them I was using<br />

drugs and living in my car with<br />

my baby. They took away my<br />

daughter that day and told me I<br />

needed to choose an addiction<br />

treatment program immediately.<br />

They showed me a pamphlet,<br />

and I saw the words “The<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake County.”<br />

I had a sister in Raleigh, so I<br />

decided to go there.<br />

I wish you could’ve seen me<br />

the day I walked into <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. I was smug, entitled<br />

and selfish, and I rolled in there<br />

with my Louis Vuitton purse like<br />

the Queen of Sheba. There were<br />

about 20 other women in the<br />

program when I was there, and<br />

I remember crying at one of<br />

my first meetings. I missed my<br />

children. I wanted to be healthy<br />

for them. And Miss Ann, the<br />

family reunification specialist,<br />

told me that she was willing<br />

to help me if I was willing to<br />

help myself. I did everything<br />

exactly like they told me,<br />

and I completed the program<br />

in 2007.<br />

At <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I<br />

learned how to respond to<br />

things differently. That’s been<br />

the greatest thing for me. I<br />

make better decisions. I take<br />

responsibility for my actions.<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> allowed me<br />

to focus on me so I could take<br />

the time to identify my behaviors<br />

(and why I behaved that way) so I<br />

never have to repeat it. Because<br />

I was given this opportunity to<br />

learn about my diseases, I am in<br />

recovery today. I love <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. It has been my<br />

stepping stone to a new life.<br />

Today, my life is completely<br />

different. I’m proud of myself.<br />

I’m a leader and a manager at<br />

my job. I raised four wonderful<br />

children and have two precious<br />

grandchildren. I mentor and<br />

encourage other people who<br />

are pursuing their own recovery.<br />

I still talk to many of my sisters<br />

who came through the program<br />

with me.<br />

Last Christmas, I was visiting my<br />

daughter at her job, and a young<br />

lady walked up to me. I couldn’t<br />

see her face very well because<br />

she was wearing a facemask,<br />

but she looked at me and said,<br />

“Oh my gosh! It’s Miss A.J.! You<br />

helped me get my children<br />

back!” It was such a beautiful<br />

moment. I had been working at<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> shortly after<br />

I completed the program, and I’d<br />

helped her pursue her recovery<br />

and reunite with her children.<br />

That’s what it’s all about.<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


Herb<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #268<br />

grew up in Cary, NC, in a close-knit family<br />

I and had the most splendid childhood<br />

imaginable. But when I was 12, one of the<br />

guys in our neighborhood who I looked up<br />

to accidentally shot himself in the head<br />

while playing a game of Russian Roulette<br />

with his friends. I was playing outside at<br />

the time, and when I ran in to see what<br />

happened, I saw his dead body on the floor.<br />

After that, I was never quite the same and I<br />

started drinking to help cope.<br />

Herb<br />

High school was just one big party for me, and<br />

college was an even bigger one. I was 24 credit<br />

hours shy of graduating when I decided to join the<br />

Navy. The Navy was amazing until I was honorably<br />

discharged after getting caught with marijuana. By<br />

far, one of my biggest regrets in life.<br />

“ I’m so grateful for <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> and I never want<br />

to go back to being the guy<br />

I was before going through<br />

the recovery program.”<br />

For the next nearly 25 years, I was using heavily. It<br />

started with freebasing, then moved to crack. The<br />

last three of those years, I was homeless and living<br />

on the streets of Cary. I remember the last time I<br />

used. I was smoking crack for a good 10 hours and<br />

just couldn’t get high. I started crying after breaking<br />

into my parents’ house to steal a beer out of the<br />

refrigerator, and realized I couldn’t do it anymore. I<br />

knew something needed to change.<br />

The very next day, I was at the unemployment office<br />

trying to find a job, when the employee who I was<br />

working with told me about <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> and<br />

that’s when my life started to turn around. I very<br />

quickly became my old self again, and as I went<br />

through the program, I started to experience tough<br />

love for the first time by my community of fellow<br />


2001 Silver Chip class with<br />

Fred Barber in 2010.<br />

peers. I never knew something<br />

like that existed and I needed it<br />

so badly. You see, when you’re<br />

out on the streets using, it’s a<br />

cold, hard world. So, going from<br />

that to having someone actually<br />

care about me enough to tell me<br />

the things I needed to work on<br />

was amazing!<br />

Toward the end of my time<br />

at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I was<br />

hired to help build the women’s<br />

campus. They had us come over<br />

to strip and wax the floors and do<br />

security detail, and that’s what<br />

I did until I saved up enough<br />

money to move out on my own.<br />

The women’s campus will always<br />

hold a special place in my heart<br />

as it helped me move on from<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, which is<br />

pretty awesome.<br />

One of my biggest struggles<br />

after completing the program<br />

was that my mom passed away<br />

before I ever got clean. For as<br />

long as I can remember, all she<br />

wanted was for me to graduate<br />

from college. So, after <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, I went back to school<br />

and got my associate degree in<br />

substance abuse from Wake Tech.<br />

I dedicated my degree to my mom<br />

and today, I have a relationship<br />

with my 88-year-old dad that I<br />

never had growing up. I live with<br />

him and take care of him, which is<br />

such a blessing and honor.<br />

I’m so grateful for <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> and I never want<br />

to go back to being the guy<br />

I was before going through<br />

the recovery program. Drugs<br />

and alcohol no longer serve a<br />

purpose in my life. I’m so stoked<br />

to have 15 years clean and<br />

sober and I want to keep it<br />

going forever.<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


2006 - 2010 MILESTONES<br />

2006 Jan. 10 2,000th client admitted to Detox Center<br />

2006 Jan. 16 Women’s Campus opens with 14 women<br />

2007 Jan. 11 The <strong>Healing</strong> Place Alumni Association bylaws officially approved<br />

2007 Sept. 26 Men’s Campus surpasses 350,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2008 Aug. 15 Job's Journey opens<br />

2008 Sept. 9 Men’s campus surpasses 400,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2009 Aug. 2 Silver Chipper #400 completes men’s program<br />

2009 Nov. 2<br />

First Silver Chipper becomes Certified Substance Abuse Counselor<br />

(Darryl West)<br />

2010 June 7 Men’s campus surpasses 500,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2010 June 28 Women’s campus surpasses 100,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

Fred Barber with Barbara Goodmon in December 2006.<br />

Jo Lawson and Kat Thomas volunteering at the<br />

NC State Fair.<br />


the<br />

Expansion<br />

YEARS<br />

2006-2010<br />

Housing partnership with Passage Home.<br />

Shelter at Men’s Campus.<br />

Phase I room at Men’s Campus. Building Meditation Trail at the Women’s Campus in 2007.<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


Volunteer group at the Women’s Campus.<br />

Jo Lawson (left) receiving a check.<br />

Volunteering at State Capitol in 2006.<br />

Volunteers moving rostrum back into Capitol.<br />

Men’s choir.<br />

Durham Bulls baseball game outing.<br />


Board Chair, Michael Painter, in 2009.<br />

Drumming Circle at Women’s Campus in 2009.<br />

Summer event at Women’s Campus.<br />

Women’s spa day in 2009.<br />

2009 dedication of courtyard with Thomas Sayre .<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


Softball game.<br />

Community Room event at Women’s Campus.<br />

2010 Hoopsfest with NCSU Men’s Basketball team.<br />

2010 Christmas.<br />

Alumni Association car wash fundraiser in 2010.<br />


Alumni Association collecting stories for book project. Amanda Blue in 2010.<br />

AARP volunteer day.<br />

Food truck at the NC State Fair in 2010.<br />

Larry Gatlin and Kat in 2007.<br />

Courtyard flowers and arch.<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />


IN<br />

THE<br />

News<br />

(2006-2010)<br />

Raleigh South Connection, September 20, 2007<br />


<strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’<br />

Impact<br />

(2006-2010)<br />

8,952<br />


384,149<br />


276<br />


The News & Observer, September 25, 2006<br />

1,223,609<br />


$31.60<br />



210.6<br />



(Men: 149.1 / Women: 61.5)<br />

Micromass HP advertisement, January 31, 2010<br />

THE EXPANSION YEARS [ 2006–2010 ]<br />



Sustainability<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

2011-2015<br />

In 2013, the country experienced a shift in the opioid epidemic that had been<br />

perpetuating since the late-1990s and early-2000s, with opioid overdose deaths<br />

increasing sharply over the next five years. In Wake County alone, there was a<br />

197% increase in overdose deaths between 2013-2017.<br />

This escalation of the opioid epidemic led to an increase in the number of<br />

people who needed <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ recovery services. Between 2011-<br />

2015, the average daily census and total number of beds <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

provided grew by 21% compared to the previous five years. One positive<br />

outcome of this growth was that the number of people who completed the<br />

long-term recovery program also increased by 36% – meaning recovery was<br />

thriving at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />

Wake County<br />

Facts (2011-2015)<br />

Population 6.3% increase<br />

Homelessness 21.4% decrease<br />

Year Wake Co. Population Homeless Count<br />

2011 947,459 1,150<br />

2012<br />

952,151 1,132<br />

2013<br />

974,289 1,113<br />

2014<br />

1,000,000 1,170<br />

2015<br />

1,007,551 904<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


(continued from previous page)<br />

Men helping move The Women’s<br />

Center of Wake County.<br />

With numbers on the rise<br />

indicating that they would<br />

only increase further, and<br />

with both campuses already<br />

nearing capacity, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> leadership identified<br />

a need to expand to help with<br />

program sustainability. In 2012,<br />

Founding Executive Director,<br />

Dennis Parnell and the Board<br />

of Directors began discussion<br />

about a capital campaign for<br />

expansion. The aim would be<br />

to provide the infrastructure<br />

needed to accommodate the<br />

growing number of folks <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> was serving. And with<br />

the opioid epidemic accelerating<br />

in 2013, the expansion discussion<br />

would soon turn into action.<br />

Volunteers at the<br />

2nd Women's Center<br />

“ This escalation of the opioid epidemic led to an<br />

increase in the number of people who needed<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ recovery services.”<br />

Another challenge leadership<br />

faced was financial sustainability.<br />

At the time, 50-60% of funding<br />

for The <strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake<br />

County came primarily from<br />

government entities such as<br />

the Alcohol Beverage Control<br />

Commission. In order to diversify<br />

funding sources and expand<br />

recovery services, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> leadership made the<br />

difficult decision to break away<br />

from its original model. And in<br />

2015, The <strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake<br />

County rebranded, changing its<br />

name to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />


Jamie<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #154<br />

“ I learned how to take responsibility for<br />

my own recovery at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.”<br />

Jamie<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


I<br />

grew up in New York before moving to<br />

North Carolina when I was in my early<br />

teens. Not too long after moving here, I<br />

had my first experience with drugs and<br />

alcohol. I was probably about 14 or 15<br />

years old at the time. It wasn’t really<br />

something that I had the desire to keep<br />

doing, but with the crowd that I hung out<br />

with, it became our lifestyle.<br />

When I turned 17 or 18, I began<br />

working in bars and clubs where<br />

drinking and doing drugs just kind<br />

of came with the job. For the next<br />

few years I drank heavily and<br />

did drugs. When I was 21, I was<br />

introduced to meth for the first<br />

time. The experience was awful,<br />

and I said that I would never do<br />

it again. Five years later, I was at<br />

a party when a guy came up to<br />

me with some meth. So, I tried it<br />

again, and it was a completely<br />

different experience.<br />

Everything changed. When I<br />

started using, I stopped drinking<br />

completely and just depended on<br />

the meth. I began to isolate myself<br />

from my family. My family tried<br />

to get me some help early on, but<br />

I didn’t want that at the time, so<br />

they just stepped back and let life<br />

happen for me. At the time, I was<br />

in a good relationship with a man<br />

who treated me very well. But<br />

once I started using meth, I pulled<br />

away until we were no longer<br />

together. I found myself getting<br />

into a relationship with someone<br />

that was the complete opposite.<br />

It was an abusive, horrible<br />

relationship, but I was okay with it.<br />

I had completely changed.<br />

A few years later, I found out<br />

that I was pregnant with my<br />

daughter. I thought having a<br />

child was going to change<br />

everything, and I would be able<br />

to walk away from that selfish<br />

lifestyle, but that wasn’t the<br />

case. After my daughter was<br />

born, I was right back at it.<br />

I kept getting in trouble over<br />

and over again. Every time I<br />

would go to jail, I would tell<br />

myself that I wouldn’t do it<br />

again, but it kept happening.<br />

One time, I had gotten out of<br />

jail after being locked up for 45<br />

days. My mom was watching my<br />

daughter, who was a year old at<br />

this point, and kept her awake so<br />

she could see me when I came<br />

home. I had been in jail for so<br />

long that by the time I got home,<br />

she barely even knew who I was.<br />

I was heartbroken.<br />


program. I wasn’t ready for it at<br />

the time, so she kept that piece of<br />

paper and waited until I was.<br />

was small, but doing that every<br />

single day showed me that it<br />

was possible.<br />

Jamie<br />

I woke up the next morning and<br />

had so much pain inside of me<br />

because I didn’t know what to<br />

do. I had been using and drinking<br />

for so many years; I didn’t have<br />

any other way to deal with it. It<br />

was so uncomfortable sitting on<br />

my mom’s couch and watching<br />

my daughter run around. I<br />

remember crying on my way to<br />

go get more drugs.<br />

On my birthday, my sister told me<br />

that she had a present for me, but<br />

she wasn’t going to give it to me<br />

until I was ready for it. She wound<br />

up showing me that it was the<br />

number to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> –<br />

she had gotten it from a young<br />

lady who came through the<br />

After getting pulled over for<br />

the third time in a span of a few<br />

months, I was put on probation.<br />

I had asked my court-appointed<br />

attorney if I could pay money to<br />

be taken off of probation, but the<br />

day before I was to meet with the<br />

probation officer to pay that fee,<br />

I got pulled over. I had no tags on<br />

my car, no license, and drugs on<br />

me. I was sent to jail.<br />

While I was there, I came to the<br />

conclusion that it was going to<br />

go one of two ways. If I continued<br />

the lifestyle that I was living,<br />

I was going to end up in prison.<br />

But if God saw fit for me to live<br />

a different life, He would get me<br />

into a recovery program.<br />

I can honestly say that I was over<br />

my lifestyle. It just wasn’t me.<br />

I had forgotten all my morals, all<br />

my values. I was isolating and<br />

leaving my daughter with my<br />

mom all the time. So I spoke with<br />

my lawyer, and was released to<br />

come to <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />

Before I came to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, I didn’t think I was<br />

ever going to get up in the<br />

morning and function without<br />

some sort of substance. I didn’t<br />

have any motivation to do<br />

anything, but I just jumped in<br />

and started doing what they told<br />

me to do. I would wake up and<br />

get breakfast, then come back<br />

to my room and make my bed. It<br />

As I made my way through the<br />

program, I began to regain<br />

important aspects of my life.<br />

I started working and found a<br />

job, something that I hadn’t had<br />

in a long time. I also began to<br />

reconnect with my daughter. She<br />

would visit me on the weekends<br />

where I was able to spend time<br />

with her. Not long after I left<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I was able to<br />

have her live with me again.<br />

Recovery for me today is so much<br />

more than I ever thought. I never<br />

thought I would be paying my<br />

own bills. I never thought that<br />

I would be living successfully<br />

as a mother. I get to watch my<br />

daughter go to school every<br />

single day. She’s doing things that<br />

I wish I would have done when I<br />

was a child. I can be there for my<br />

family today.<br />

I was driven by drugs for so long<br />

that I had lost the ability to live,<br />

or to even know how to live. It<br />

was by watching and listening to<br />

the people in the program that I<br />

learned how to live the life that I<br />

live today. I learned how to take<br />

responsibility for my own recovery<br />

at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>. I built a<br />

network of peers who hold me<br />

accountable and steer me back on<br />

course when I need to be. I have<br />

my daughter and my family back.<br />

And I’ve found a new family and a<br />

whole new way of living.<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


Paul<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #716<br />

Paul<br />

lot of my drinking<br />

A was based on my<br />

childhood. My parents<br />

were divorced when I<br />

was an infant. My mom<br />

remarried and I was<br />

abused physically and<br />

mentally. When I turned<br />

six, my mom was just going<br />

to give me up for foster<br />

care and get rid of me, so<br />

my aunt and uncle picked<br />

me up. From then on, they<br />

were my parents and I<br />

lived with them.<br />

Life was pretty normal after that.<br />

I went to school, had brothers<br />

and sisters, and played sports.<br />

My favorite sport was hockey,<br />

which became a big part of my<br />

life. I had my first drink when I<br />

was eight, but didn’t really start<br />

drinking until I was about 13.<br />

Everyone drank back then, so it<br />

wasn’t that big of a deal.<br />

We moved to North Carolina a<br />

little while later, which is where<br />

I began to get serious about<br />

playing hockey. Hockey gave me<br />

some incredible opportunities.<br />

I ended up playing in the minor<br />

leagues, but unfortunately that’s<br />

also when I started to drink<br />

heavily. I would eventually drink<br />

all those opportunities away. By<br />

this time, my parents had moved<br />

back to New York, but I stayed in<br />

NC because I had met my wife.<br />

My wife and I had our first<br />

daughter, and at the time I wasn’t<br />

drinking as much. Two years later,<br />

we had triplets and I couldn’t<br />

handle the stress of it all, so I<br />

started drinking a lot heavier. I<br />

wound up losing my mind and<br />


was sent to a psychiatric hospital.<br />

When I came back, my wife said<br />

she wanted a divorce.<br />

I lived on my bartender’s couch<br />

for the next three to four years. I<br />

drank everything away and went<br />

through everything I had. I gave<br />

up the sport I loved, and even<br />

gave up my vehicle so I could buy<br />

more alcohol. I didn’t see my kids<br />

for over four years because I was<br />

too caught up in trying to drink<br />

myself to death.<br />

One night I was in my apartment,<br />

drinking as usual, and I just yelled<br />

out, “If there’s a God, show me<br />

something! Anything!” Then,<br />

out of nowhere, a commercial<br />

for <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> came on<br />

TV and started playing. It was<br />

nonstop, every 15-20 minutes, all<br />

day long. That’s when I decided to<br />

give this place a shot. So I went.<br />

The hardest part of being here<br />

was actually looking at myself<br />

and seeing all the damage I’d<br />

done to everyone around me,<br />

including myself. For the first<br />

eight months, I didn’t contact my<br />

kids. When I finally did call them,<br />

my wife and her parents didn’t<br />

buy it. They had seen this song<br />

and dance before. So they started<br />

with allowing me to call my kids<br />

and talk to them on the phone.<br />

Eventually, I earned their trust<br />

back and was able to see them for<br />

a couple of hours here and there.<br />

This turned into me getting to<br />

see them on the weekends until<br />

finally having them over at my<br />

house for weekend sleepovers!<br />

When I left <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>,<br />

I knew that I still needed the<br />

structure in my life, so I moved<br />

into a recovery house for two<br />

and a half years. I maintained<br />

the relationships with my family<br />

during this time, and eventually<br />

they graciously asked me to<br />

come back home.<br />

Today, I’m back with my wife and<br />

kids. I get to coach my sons in<br />

hockey, and my daughter figure<br />

skates. I’m a part of my kids’ lives<br />

from morning to night, which is<br />

something I would have never<br />

imagined six years ago. Because<br />

“ Each year that I get a<br />

new sobriety chip, I give<br />

it to my wife. She’s the<br />

one who deserves the<br />

recognition.”<br />

of my recovery, hockey has come<br />

back into my life and I’ve again<br />

been given so many opportunities<br />

through that – employment,<br />

meeting professional players and<br />

the chance to be happy and proud<br />

of myself again. The church I was<br />

active with during my time at<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> was St. Mark’s<br />

United Methodist Church. They do<br />

so much for the guys at <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. Believe it or not, they<br />

actually offered me a job and<br />

I have the privilege of working<br />

there full-time today.<br />

Each year that I get a new<br />

sobriety chip, I give it to my wife.<br />

She’s the one who deserves the<br />

recognition. She’s the woman<br />

who raised four kids on her own<br />

while her deadbeat husband<br />

was getting drunk and living<br />

on a guy’s couch. All I’m doing<br />

is living the life that I was<br />

supposed to live. <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> is a place that never<br />

gives up on you. My goal was to<br />

drink myself to death, but this<br />

place saved my life.<br />


2011 - 2015 MILESTONES<br />

2011 Jan. 15 Men’s Campus 10th anniversary<br />

2011 Jan. 16 Women’s Campus 5th anniversary<br />

2012 Oct. 14 Family Support Group begins at Women’s Campus<br />

2012 Oct. 30 Silver Chipper #500 completes men’s program<br />

2012 Dec. 16 Silver Chipper #100 completes women’s program<br />

2013 Aug. 9 Men’s Campus surpasses 700,000 beds of shelter<br />

2014 May 1 Women’s Campus surpasses 200,000 beds of shelter<br />

2014 May 25 Founding Board Member Fred Barber passes away at the age of 76<br />

2014 Nov. 8 <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> surpasses 1,000,000 beds of shelter provided<br />

2015 Sept. 24<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place of Wake County officially becomes <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong><br />

Senator Richard Burr and Andy in 2011.<br />

Bill and Chanda.<br />


the<br />

Sustainability<br />

YEARS<br />

2011-2015<br />

Open class at Men’s Campus.<br />

Betsy Johnson.<br />

Shelter at Men’s Campus.<br />

Volunteering during Greenlee Dental Clinic.<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


NCSU Homeless Night.<br />

Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> Place.<br />

Gina, Jarvis and Anna.<br />

Red Hat volunteers at Men’s Campus.<br />


Tower Co. group upon completion of Women's gazebo.<br />

First Capital Area Rally for Recovery Women’s Campus.<br />

Dennis Parnell Waste Industries donation.<br />

At Ghanaian Embassy for Recovery Africa.<br />

Phoenix Motorcycle Club Big Book donation.<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


Chris with retired RPD Police Chief, Cassandra Deck-Brown.<br />

Bill Borchert, Al Mooney and Chris at book signing in 2013.<br />

2011 tornado clean up community service.<br />

Staff lunch.<br />

Second Capital Area Rally for Recovery.<br />

A.J. Fletcher Foundation volunteers painting<br />

community room.<br />


Staff, interns, and Edwin from Ghana (center front row).<br />

Second Capital Area Rally for Recovery in 2013.<br />

Will Roach, Chris Corchiani, and Chris Poole from<br />

Hoopsfest.<br />

Corporal Sharpe and William Dickens.<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


2014 Ice Bucket Challenge.<br />

First F3 "The Arena" workout in September 2014.<br />

Certificate of Appreciation from UNC School of Social Work.<br />

Women’s Silver Chip #8, Julie.<br />

Garden volunteers.<br />


Volunteers painting kids' overnight visitation room.<br />

Alumnus getting car from Wheels for Hope.<br />

Garden volunteers.<br />

Chi Rho Omega Chapter with Terri Edwards in 2016.<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place model presentation in Yokohama, Japan.<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />


IN<br />

THE<br />

News<br />

(2011-2015)<br />

Addiction Professional, March/April 2014<br />


<strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’<br />

Impact<br />

(2011-2015)<br />

8,512<br />


Mock Interview sessions, November 30, 2011<br />

463,334<br />


375<br />


1,565,244<br />


$41.19<br />



253.9<br />



(Men: 176.9 / Women: 77)<br />

The News & Observer, December 4, 2012<br />

THE SUSTAINABILITY YEARS [ 2011–2015 ]<br />



Małuration<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

2016-2020<br />

Between 2016 and 2020, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> saw another 32% increase in<br />

the number of individuals served. In fact, between 2017 and 2019, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> had consecutive record-breaking years with the highest number<br />

of individuals served and average daily census – each year eclipsing the next.<br />

With the growing population in Wake County and the opioid crisis in full-swing,<br />

these historic program numbers increased the demands on the alreadyovercrowded<br />

campuses.<br />

At the same time, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> experienced record totals in private<br />

donations. In 2018, the number of individual donors doubled from the previous<br />

year. And in 2019, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> eclipsed the $1M mark in donations for<br />

the first time in its 20-year history. This was tangible proof that the community<br />

believed in <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ mission.<br />

Wake County<br />

Facts (2016-2020)<br />

Population 5.8% increase<br />

Homelessness 19.1% increase<br />

Year Wake Co. Population Homeless Count<br />

2016 1,070,000 818<br />

2017<br />

1,072,203 884<br />

2018<br />

1,092,305 983<br />

2019<br />

1,111,761 970<br />

2020<br />

1,132,271 974<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />



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Local government was also passionate about being a helping hand<br />

in the mission. And thanks to a partnership with Wake County Public<br />

Health and Wake County EMS, the Rapid Response initiative was<br />

launched. This project sends Rapid Responders – <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

staff who are in recovery – out to connect with folks who have<br />

experienced an overdose in the past 24 hours.<br />

In 2018, after years of planning and consulting, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

launched its Recovery Can’t Wait capital campaign to expand both<br />

campuses, with the goal of raising $16.75M. The wave of support for this<br />

campaign was tremendous. Within three years, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> had<br />

raised nearly 100% of the target amount thanks to the nonstop efforts<br />

of campaign leadership, committees, and <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> staff and<br />

board members. Massive support came from the City of Raleigh, Wake<br />

County, A.J. Fletcher Foundation, Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC, The<br />

SECU Foundation and so many more.<br />

In March of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic struck the world. For the<br />

first time in its 19-year history, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, with guidance<br />

from Wake County Public Health, decided to temporarily suspend<br />

new program admissions. However, within weeks, thanks to the help<br />

of Alliance Health, Wake County, NCDHHS, WakeMed, RelyMD and<br />

Southeastern Healthcare of NC, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> opened an offsite<br />

detox center to serve those in immediate need. And in June, new<br />

admissions were accepted on-site at a limited capacity.<br />

The COVID-19 pandemic did not stop the community’s strong support<br />

for its mission and capital campaign, though. And on March 24, 2021,<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> celebrated the groundbreaking of the expansion<br />

(virtually). Nine years after the first discussions of a capital campaign<br />

took place, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> could finally expand to accommodate<br />

the growing demand for recovery services.<br />

Women’s Transition Ceremony.<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


Maya<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #175<br />

started drinking at 18, which is kind of a “late bloomer”<br />

I for a drinker. I had been smoking pot and dropping acid<br />

before that, but when I started drinking I drank heavily.<br />

I’d drink as much as I could until I would black out because<br />

that was the cool thing to do. That’s how you knew you<br />

were really a part of the party.<br />

When I was in school, I was a firm<br />

member of the D.A.R.E. program.<br />

I truly believed that drugs and<br />

alcohol were bad, and was<br />

brought up to be honest, caring,<br />

and loving toward other people.<br />

But when I started partying,<br />

drinking and doing drugs, all of<br />

those values and morals that I<br />

learned went out the window.<br />

I always drank in excess and<br />

couldn’t conduct myself like<br />

a lady. No matter how many<br />

clothes I wore, they always came<br />

off and I would wake up next to a<br />

stranger feeling really ashamed<br />

in the morning.<br />

When I was 21, I got into a bad<br />

car accident that broke my neck<br />

in five places and gave me a<br />

traumatic brain injury that wound<br />

up paralyzing my right side.<br />

When I woke up in the hospital,<br />

they had me sedated and I vividly<br />

remember the feeling of being<br />

on the pain medication. It made<br />

everything okay. I would be lying<br />

in the hospital asking myself all<br />

these questions – Who am I going<br />

to be? What is going to happen<br />

to me? Will I ever feel normal<br />

again? Am I ever going to be<br />

able to walk again? Am I going<br />

to be a freak? – But the second<br />

the doctors gave me the pain<br />

medication, it would all go away.<br />

Life would be okay again. So that<br />

became my solution, and as soon<br />

as I got out of the hospital – the<br />

search was on.<br />

Although I was prescribed two<br />

months of pain meds, it just<br />

wasn’t enough and I started<br />

seeking drugs. One day, I couldn’t<br />

find pills anymore and heroin<br />

was available and cheaper, so I<br />

graduated to heroin. Everything<br />

just kind of spiraled out of control<br />

from there. I would take any drug<br />

that I could get my hands on<br />

whether it was smoking crack,<br />

shooting coke or heroin, popping<br />

Xanax, or drinking until I couldn’t<br />

stand anymore.<br />

I sacrificed a lot for drugs and<br />

alcohol. I chose them over my<br />

friends, family, education, health,<br />

even my children. I couldn’t stay<br />

sober during my first pregnancy<br />

and had to watch my first child<br />

in the NICU go through opioid<br />

withdrawals. I would watch her<br />

as she was hooked up to all of<br />

these tubes and monitors, and it<br />

just hit me. I realized that I am<br />

affecting somebody other than<br />

myself. I vowed I was going to do<br />

better, but when I was pregnant<br />

with my second child, I still<br />

couldn’t stay clean. Somehow by<br />

the grace and mercy of God, he<br />

was born healthy.<br />

I continued living an unhealthy<br />

life with really unhealthy people<br />

and toxic relationships. When<br />

my daughter was two, her father<br />

died of a heroin overdose. A little<br />

while later, I got into an accident<br />

with my son in the back seat<br />

when I completely nodded out<br />

while driving and totaled the car.<br />

“ Who am I going to be? What is going to happen to me? Will I ever feel normal<br />

again? Am I ever going to be able to walk again? Am I going to be a freak?”<br />


Maya<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


Luckily, everyone was okay, but<br />

I was given my first DUI and was<br />

sent to jail. A few weeks after<br />

getting out, it happened again.<br />

My dad had given me his vehicle<br />

so my children could get around;<br />

I was leaving my dope lady’s<br />

house, nodded off, and slammed<br />

into the back of another car.<br />

This time, as I was waiting while<br />

my son was being checked out at<br />

the hospital, a couple of people<br />

asked me to come with them and<br />

took me down to a cop car. They<br />

let me know that they were from<br />

CPS and that I was a danger to<br />

my children and that they were<br />

taking them away from me. They<br />

“ <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

has given me a second<br />

chance in life.”<br />

let me go upstairs to give my son<br />

a quick hug and kiss goodbye,<br />

and they took me to jail again.<br />

When I got to get out and go<br />

home again, the house was just<br />

so quiet and empty. All of my<br />

kids’ toys were scattered about,<br />

but no one was playing with<br />

them. That’s when reality hit me. I<br />

needed to do something.<br />

I knew about <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

because my sister went there a<br />

few years back, so I called them.<br />

A woman named Audra answered<br />

the phone – we are still close<br />

to this very day. Even though<br />

detoxing was rough, it was<br />

probably the easiest detox I have<br />

ever been through. I had a history<br />

of having seizures when detoxing<br />

off of opiates and benzos. At one<br />

point I had to be on epilepsy<br />

medication because of all the<br />

seizures I was having. But when<br />

I was coming off of them coldturkey<br />

at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I<br />

didn’t have any. I could actually<br />

sleep at night. I know that God<br />

exists in those walls.<br />

At first, I didn’t want anything<br />

to do with the actual recovery<br />

program. I was a very prideful,<br />

stubborn person at the time and<br />

did what I wanted to do. I had all<br />

of these unhealthy feelings and<br />

the only way I knew how to deal<br />

with them was through drugs and<br />

alcohol, so that’s what I did and<br />

I wound up having to restart the<br />

program several times.<br />

Eventually, I started working with<br />

a mentor who suggested that I<br />

get honest with myself and the<br />

recovery program. That was the<br />

point where I began to realize<br />

that I could no longer live a life<br />

of lies. My spiritual condition<br />

wouldn’t allow me to do that.<br />

So I started being honest, and<br />

dealt with the consequences of<br />

my actions. And honestly, they<br />

weren’t as bad as I thought they<br />

were going to be.<br />

In the 16 months it took me<br />

to finish the program, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> taught me a lot of<br />

life lessons. Most importantly,<br />

they taught me how to be a good<br />

mother. I had never parented<br />

sober before <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />

Parenting is the hardest thing<br />

I’ve ever done in my life,<br />

especially sober. Today, all of my<br />

relationships with my family have<br />

been restored and the family<br />

dynamics are better than they<br />

have ever been.<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has given me<br />

a second chance in life. It’s given<br />

me the opportunity to live one<br />

day at a time and be of service to<br />

other people. I get to help other<br />

women the same way another<br />

woman did for me. She saved<br />

my life. She brought me out of<br />

the depths of hell and despair.<br />

I don’t know where I would be<br />

without her. And for me, to be<br />

able to do that for someone else<br />

is a real honor.<br />

I remember the first month I<br />

was at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I<br />

was in tears all the time. But<br />

one day, someone looked at me<br />

and said, “You’re going to help<br />

a lot of people one day”. I told<br />

her that I don’t have anything to<br />

give anybody. I don’t know what<br />

exactly that person saw in me, or<br />

why they decided to say that to<br />

me, but I’ll never forget it.<br />

Recovery isn’t easy, but it’s<br />

doable. I worked really, really<br />

hard to stay drunk and stay<br />

high and the result was that I<br />

was constantly miserable. I only<br />

have to work half as hard to stay<br />

sober, and I have more peace and<br />

happiness in my life than<br />

I ever had before. So the work –<br />

it’s worth it!<br />


Courtni<br />

MEET<br />

Silver Chipper #163<br />

Courtni<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


W<br />

here I came from, drinking and using drugs was a<br />

very normal thing for people to do. Everybody did it,<br />

which is why I started drinking and smoking weed at age 14.<br />

I would smoke every day and then drink on the weekends.<br />

I was always a good kid and an honor roll student with As<br />

and Bs in my classes. But, there came a point where I was<br />

just tired of being the ‘good’ child.<br />

at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, I could<br />

finally sweep and mop a floor<br />

without getting high first. I was<br />

so grateful for that feeling<br />

because for years, I wouldn’t do<br />

anything without being under<br />

the influence.<br />

When I was 19, I tried pills for the<br />

first time, and that’s where things<br />

started taking a turn. My life was<br />

unmanageable long before I<br />

started taking pills, but that was<br />

when I started to see the change<br />

in myself. I had a three-year-old<br />

son at the time and could see the<br />

change in him as well. He went<br />

from a very happy, outgoing little<br />

boy to very quiet and reserved.<br />

When I crossed that line and<br />

turned into a different person, I<br />

saw him cross that line and turn<br />

into a different child.<br />

A year before I came to <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>, I lost everything in<br />

one week. On the day my mother<br />

passed away, I was evicted from<br />

my house. That same week, I had<br />

a case opened up on me with my<br />

kids by Social Services. Two more<br />

cases would come later on that<br />

same year. In just one week, I lost<br />

my mom, my house, and was in<br />

the process of losing my kids.<br />

I started to lose my mind. I<br />

found myself not wanting to<br />

live anymore but was too afraid<br />

to die. That’s when I knew<br />

that I needed to do something<br />

different. I didn’t realize it at the<br />

time, but the caseworker I was<br />

working with turned out to be<br />

an angel. She told me the steps<br />

that I needed to take before she<br />

would allow me to be around<br />

my children again by myself. She<br />

set me up to go to a treatment<br />

place in Charlotte, but I had to<br />

wait three weeks before they’d<br />

let me in. I knew I was going to<br />

die waiting. People were dying<br />

around me and it was too much<br />

for me to handle.<br />

I had a friend who used to talk<br />

about this homeless shelter he<br />

went to. He was an alcoholic<br />

who said he had lived at the<br />

shelter for a while and got<br />

better. That shelter was <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>. He called <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> for me and they took<br />

me in immediately.<br />

When I first arrived, I wouldn’t<br />

admit that I was homeless. I<br />

denied it. But the folks at <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> explained to me that<br />

since I didn’t have a lease in my<br />

name, I was essentially homeless.<br />

As I processed my situation, I<br />

started seeing people who were<br />

happy all of the time. At first, I<br />

thought it was fake, but the more<br />

I observed them, I realized their<br />

happiness was genuine. And<br />

that was something I wanted<br />

desperately. After my first week<br />

When I began the recovery<br />

program, I wasn’t planning<br />

on quitting everything that I<br />

was using. I didn’t think I had a<br />

“problem” and I truly believed I<br />

could go out and drink or smoke<br />

here or there and still be okay.<br />

But as I watched people who<br />

had accrued years of sobriety<br />

wind up right back in detox<br />

after trying to have one drink,<br />

I realized I was no different<br />

from them. I would get mad<br />

when people would go out<br />

and get high then come back<br />

to detox. I didn’t understand<br />

why I’d get mad, but one of my<br />

mentors asked me if I was mad<br />

at the person, or mad because I<br />

couldn’t go out and get high like<br />

them. That’s when I realized that<br />

I was mad because I couldn’t do<br />

it – because if I got high, I knew I<br />

wouldn’t come back.<br />

I was at <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> for<br />

16 months before I completed<br />

the program and moved into<br />

an Oxford House. That was<br />

the best thing I ever did in my<br />

recovery because right after I<br />

left the program, I wasn’t going<br />

to meetings or practicing any of<br />

the principals <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

taught me. I was working thirdshift<br />

at a chain restaurant, so I<br />


an into a lot of drug users and<br />

dealers. I was still fantasizing<br />

about that lifestyle, but I<br />

continued to stay sober.<br />

Six months after moving into<br />

the Oxford House, my daughter<br />

came to live with me. That was<br />

a huge change in my life. From<br />

the beginning, all I wanted was<br />

to get my kids back, go to school,<br />

get a job, and have a new life.<br />

But when my daughter came to<br />

live with me, it was much more<br />

difficult than expected. I was<br />

depressed for nearly a year. But<br />

thankfully my roommates, Jamie<br />

and Jasmine, were there to help.<br />

We all lived together, and they<br />

showed me how to be a mother.<br />

A few months later, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> connected me with<br />

Passage Home who helped<br />

me finally get a house with<br />

my name on the lease. My son<br />

came to live with me after that,<br />

which was another adjustment<br />

period as I tried to balance life,<br />

work, my kids, and my sobriety.<br />

Plus, during this time, I met my<br />

fiancé. All of these things kept<br />

happening, but I continued<br />

to practice what <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> taught me and I<br />

kept my sobriety.<br />

Life today is great! There are<br />

still hard days, but throughout<br />

this recovery journey, I haven’t<br />

wanted to take my life. Every day,<br />

I want to live. Every day, there<br />

is a new obstacle in front of me<br />

that I try to face with grace. When<br />

I get challenged by life, I try to<br />

remember that God has already<br />

worked it all out.<br />

We just moved into our new<br />

home, and I get to pay rent. I have<br />

my kids, who are beautiful human<br />

beings and amazing children.<br />

I’m engaged, in school, and am<br />

working again. The whole time<br />

I was in the recovery program,<br />

I didn’t take it with grace. I had<br />

a lot of resentment toward<br />

everything and everyone. But<br />

in the end, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

helped save my life and turn me<br />

into the woman I am today.<br />

“ Every day, there is a new obstacle in front of me that I try to face with<br />

grace. When I get challenged by life, I try to remember that God has<br />

already worked it all out.”<br />

2016 - 2020 MILESTONES<br />

2016 July 1 <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> becomes a living wage employer<br />

2017 July 7 Women’s Campus increases capacity from 99 to 119 beds<br />

2018 Apr. 5 Rapid Responder Post-Opioid Overdose Team launches with EMS<br />

2018 June 14 First opioid overdose drill at Men’s Campus<br />

2019 May 8 Recovery Can’t Wait capital campaign quiet phase launches<br />

2019 Nov. 19<br />

2020 Apr. 6<br />

2020 June 15<br />

Wake County Board of Commissioners approves $1M grant for<br />

Women’s Campus expansion<br />

Temporary off-site detox facility opens for men and women due to<br />

COVID-19 pandemic<br />

On-site detox services resume after temporarily closing in March<br />

due to COVID-19<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


the<br />

Maturation<br />

YEARS<br />

2016-2020<br />

2016 Staff Holiday Luncheon.<br />

Volunteers in the Brightspaces room at the<br />

Women’s Campus.<br />

Overcrowding at the Men’s Campus.<br />


Women’s Silver Chip #100, Kristin.<br />

Ann with Santa.<br />

Raleigh Independent 5k.<br />

F3 9/11 Stair Climb<br />

Kirk tending to the bee hives at the Men’s Campus.<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


2017 Fred Barber Legacy of Service award winners.<br />

2018 Fred Barber Legacy of Service award winners.<br />

2019 Fred Barber Legacy of Service award winners.<br />


<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>. Recovery Month. You are not alone.<br />

Men’s CTR I Community.<br />

At Dr. Bob’s House.<br />

Justin, Gina, Secretary Cohen and Rusty.<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


Sign from 2020 Reverse Parade.<br />

Volunteers from Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.<br />

Bob and Carol Bilbro, Chris Budnick, Congressman David Price, Amanda Blue and Tracy Freeman-Hines.<br />

FiA: Females in Action.<br />

Rebuilding Burgaw after hurricane.<br />


Men’s "COVID-19 Lock Down" group photo.<br />

March 24, 2020: when COVID got real.<br />

Silver Chip #360 giving back.<br />

COVID-19 Reverse Parade.<br />

Sheree’ Klepchick during COVID-19 lockdown.<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


IN<br />

THE<br />

News<br />

(2016-2020)<br />

WNCN, July 1, 2018<br />


<strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’<br />

Impact<br />

(2016-2020)<br />

NC Health News, May 20, 2020<br />

11,204<br />


504,538<br />


360<br />


1,286,836<br />


Walter Magazine, February 1, 2017<br />

$40.59<br />



The Business Journal, April 4, 2020<br />

276.2<br />


(Men: 177.3 / Women: 98.9)<br />

348 - January 2020<br />

average (all-time high)<br />

THE MATURATION YEARS [ 2016–2020 ]<br />


Forward<br />



Future<br />

the<br />

YEARS<br />

2021-ONWARD<br />

The need has never been greater for <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> to expand. In the throes<br />

of a national opioid crisis – and with Wake County’s population increasing 72%<br />

since we opened 20 years ago – the demand for <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>’ life-saving<br />

recovery services has far outweighed the supply for years. And because we<br />

don’t turn people away, knowing their only other options are jails, emergency<br />

departments, or the streets, the overcrowding has become unsustainable, and<br />

the risks to individuals, families, and our community are increasing.<br />

Men’s Campus courtyard garden<br />



(continued from previous page)<br />

Currently, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

participants are sleeping<br />

on shelter and classroom<br />

floors, impacting our ability<br />

to provide safe services to<br />

those who need it. In addition,<br />

our recovery spaces are<br />

inadequate. Community areas<br />

are overflowing, with peermentoring<br />

meetings held in<br />

hallways – straining privacy<br />

and compromising dignity. And<br />

finally, our on-demand service<br />

model is in jeopardy. If we can’t<br />

take someone in, they could die<br />

waiting for help.<br />

For these reasons, <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> is undergoing<br />

a historic $16.75M capital<br />

campaign to add more beds<br />

and expand recovery services<br />

at both our men’s and women’s<br />

campuses. We’re grateful for<br />

the many ways our community<br />

has responded to the urgency.<br />

Because of key funding<br />

champions from our city, county,<br />

and corporate community who<br />

have joined a lead group of<br />

generous donors, we plan to<br />

exceed our $16.75M capital<br />

campaign goal and break ground<br />

by fall 2021! We thank these<br />

champions who have given so<br />

generously to ensure that more<br />

people can find and sustain<br />

recovery in our community.<br />

Because recovery can’t wait –<br />

and we can’t wait to see more<br />

people experience the power<br />

of recovery.<br />

“ We’re grateful for the many ways our community<br />

has responded to the urgency.”<br />






4<br />

1 3<br />

2<br />

Men’s Campus<br />

$10.08 MILLION<br />

We are expanding and renovating one of our three buildings to<br />

add additional detox and shelter capacity, enlarge kitchen and<br />

dining space, and add classrooms. A new free-standing workshop<br />

expands opportunities for skills training. All spaces will be more<br />

suitable for peer mentoring, recovery programs, and outreach to<br />

community partners and families.<br />


6<br />

1 Residential Expansion and<br />

Renovation<br />

2 Kitchen Renovation and<br />

Dining Expansion<br />

3 Classroom<br />

4 Vocational Skills and Training<br />

5 Parking (not shown)<br />

6 Future Buildings<br />

Capacity for 290 beds<br />

23,000 new square feet<br />

5,800 renovated square feet<br />

5<br />




2<br />

3<br />

1<br />

Women’s Campus<br />

$6.67 MILLION<br />

We are adding a new career and community center, and<br />

renovating the existing building to reconfigure sleeping, bathing,<br />

laundry, kitchen, dining, classroom, and storage spaces. We’ll<br />

also remediate foundation issues that have caused maintenance<br />

problems. The expanded campus will give more women<br />

opportunities to gain skills and support while in recovery.<br />


4<br />

5<br />

1 Shelter Expansion and<br />

Renovation<br />

2 Kitchen Expansion and<br />

Renovation<br />

3 Dining Expansion<br />

4 Interior Renovations<br />

5 Community Building<br />

Capacity for 210 beds<br />

14,000 new square feet<br />

3,600 renovated square feet<br />

5<br />



2021 MILESTONES<br />

Mar. 25<br />

May 20<br />

July 19<br />

Oct. 16<br />

Fall<br />

Recovery Can’t Wait Virtual Public Groundbreaking<br />

A.J. Fletcher Foundation match secured 3 months ahead of schedule<br />

(with 100 new donors and $437,095 raised)<br />

Official groundbreaking at Women’s Campus<br />

Inaugural Art of Recovery event<br />

Official groundbreaking at Men’s Campus<br />


Thanks<br />



MEET THE Bilbros<br />


Carol and Bob<br />



“ The work Dr. Bilbro and<br />

his colleagues did on<br />

the task force led to<br />

the creation of a<br />

new department,<br />

Wake County<br />

Human Services...”<br />

We had the privilege of sitting down with Dr. Bob Bilbro<br />

and his wife, Carol, to dig deeper into the why behind<br />

their twenty years of giving. And even though it was more<br />

than 20 years ago, the two shared stories of the early days of<br />

building <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> like it was yesterday.<br />

“At the time, I was the president of the Wake County Medical Society,<br />

and they asked me to go downtown to speak with the Wake County<br />

Commissioners about their healthcare strategies,” recalled Dr. Bilbro.<br />

“After a few meetings with them, the Commissioners decided to<br />

form a task force to restructure human services in the county. I was<br />

asked to be the chair, and I was as busy as could be with my medical<br />

practice. I couldn’t see myself doing it, but it turned out to be one of<br />

the best things I did.”<br />

The work Dr. Bilbro and his colleagues did on the task force led to<br />

the creation of a new department, Wake County Human Services,<br />

that would oversee all human services in the county. That’s when Dr.<br />

Bilbro met Maria Spaulding, the then Executive Director of the new<br />

department and one of the women who would make up the so-called<br />

“Dynamic Trio” of individuals who founded <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>.<br />



“I was too busy practicing<br />

medicine and couldn’t go on that<br />

first trip, but I was interested in<br />

everything they told me when<br />

they came back. That’s when we<br />

agreed – we’ve got to bring that<br />

program to Wake County,” added<br />

Dr. Bilbro.<br />

Soon after, Maria appointed a<br />

taskforce to research solutions<br />

to the growing problem of<br />

homelessness in Raleigh. The<br />

team knew a majority of homeless<br />

individuals also struggled<br />

with addiction, and they were<br />

determined to find a program that<br />

addressed both of those issues.<br />

Linda Strother, a member of the<br />

task force, found The <strong>Healing</strong><br />

Dr. Bob Bilbro<br />

“ You can’t learn the history of <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

without hearing the names ’Bob and Carol Bilbro’<br />

come up over and over again.”<br />

Place in Louisville, Kentucky,<br />

a program known for working<br />

directly – and successfully – with<br />

people who are homeless and<br />

struggling with addiction.<br />

A delegation of community<br />

leaders from Raleigh visited The<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> Place and came back<br />

determined to replicate the<br />

program in Wake County.<br />

He stopped reflecting for a<br />

moment and popped back to<br />

today, adding, “Since <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> opened, the<br />

population of Raleigh has grown<br />

tremendously, but the homeless<br />

population has decreased<br />

significantly. I think that’s in part<br />

because of the work of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> in our community.<br />

It’s been a great benefit to the<br />

community and exciting for us to<br />

be a part of it.”<br />

You can’t learn the history of<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> without<br />

hearing the names “Bob and<br />

Carol Bilbro” come up over and<br />

over again. From health clinic<br />

volunteers to campus gardeners,<br />

board members and now capital<br />

campaign co-chairs, there’s little<br />

in the organization that hasn’t<br />

seen their fingerprints or<br />

tender care.<br />

In the early days, Bob joined the<br />

Dynamic Trio of Maria Spaulding,<br />

Barbara Goodmon, and Fred<br />


Barber to hold donor meetings,<br />

call local and state officials, and<br />

dream of the day when they would<br />

open this incredible program to<br />

the public. Every last detail of<br />

the program was discussed and<br />

reviewed with great thought.<br />

Carol laughed as she remembered<br />

the time they debated which<br />

type of trees to plant in the men’s<br />

campus courtyard.<br />

“We had raised the money to<br />

bring the program to life, but we<br />

wanted to be intentional about<br />

this decision,” she shared. “We<br />

were trying to figure out what<br />

kind of trees would be the best<br />

trees in the courtyard. They<br />

couldn’t grow to be 60-feet tall.<br />

They couldn’t have too many<br />

leaves or burrs or pinecones.<br />

I remember going to various<br />

nurseries and asking them what<br />

they thought. And we brought in<br />

some local master gardeners to<br />

help us too.”<br />

campus borders Dix Park and<br />

the women’s campus backs up<br />

to Umstead Park,” said Carol.<br />

“It’s a fabulous haven, and I think<br />

all along, with the approach to<br />

addiction and recovery, we’ve<br />

realized it needs to include an<br />

environment that is reflective,<br />

meditative, and close to nature.”<br />

“When you come into the shelter<br />

space, and you’re sleeping with<br />

more than 100 people around<br />

you, sometimes sleeping on the<br />

floor, you have very little time<br />

to reflect on what’s happened<br />

to you or how you want to make<br />

“ I’ve always been inspired<br />

to see these people<br />

come from totally down<br />

and out to becoming<br />

new people with a<br />

wonderful attitude.”<br />

changes in your life. Being near<br />

nature is very helpful,” she said.<br />

Like so many gracious leaders,<br />

the Bilbros are quick to deflect<br />

when it comes to honoring their<br />

legacy with the organization,<br />

but they both acknowledged the<br />

impact <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> has<br />

had in their own lives.<br />

“For me, it’s been wonderfully<br />

“Just don’t ask me what tree<br />

we ended up planting; I can’t<br />

remember!” she laughed.<br />

The memory of the trees sparked<br />

another poignant thought from<br />

both of them, and they continued.<br />

“Both campuses ended up near<br />

beautiful parks. The men’s<br />

Mrs. Carol Bilbro<br />



The Bilbro’s virtual<br />

groundbreaking<br />

photo submission<br />

for capital campaign<br />

public launch on<br />

March 25, 2021.<br />

gratifying,” said Dr. Bilbro.<br />

“Gratifying and inspiring. This<br />

past year, I’ve really missed being<br />

able to walk down the hallways,<br />

give the men a hug, and follow<br />

their progress through the<br />

program. I look forward to that<br />

day returning. I’ve always been<br />

inspired to see these people<br />

come from totally down and out<br />

to becoming new people with a<br />

wonderful attitude. Just watching<br />

it unfold is so meaningful.”<br />

Carol agreed. “Inspiring is a great<br />

word. The other word that comes<br />

to my mind is enlightening. I<br />

really didn’t know much about<br />

addiction and recovery before<br />

we started getting involved, and<br />

as I learned more about it, I just<br />

became awed by the people who<br />

can completely change their lives<br />

and turn around. I don’t think the<br />

public realizes how difficult that<br />

really is.”<br />

With more than 20 years of<br />

memories between the two<br />

of them, it’s hard to narrow<br />

down their <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

experiences to a few favorite<br />

memories, but when they started<br />

thinking about their hopes for the<br />

organization’s next twenty years,<br />

they were both quick to chime in.<br />

“I anticipate that healthcare<br />

providers will develop new<br />

techniques and tools to help with<br />

the battle of addiction,” said Dr.<br />

Bilbro. “The beauty of <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong>’ program is that it’s not<br />

only about stopping substance<br />

abuse. It also focuses on a<br />

change in attitude and behavior,<br />

combined with a different way of<br />

living. It’s just miraculous to see<br />

that happen over and over again.”<br />

Carol added, “It’s very difficult to<br />

do something alone, but if you<br />

have a supportive community<br />

around you, holding you,<br />

embracing you, keeping you<br />

close, lifting you up in your<br />

distress, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong><br />

proves you can transition yourself<br />

to a new way of thinking and<br />

a whole new life.”<br />

And what could be better<br />

than that?<br />

“ <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> proves you can transition<br />

yourself to a new way of thinking and a whole<br />

new life.”<br />





Together, our donors, employers, individual volunteers,<br />

mentors, alumni, participants, staff, and village partners<br />

listed above serve as individual puzzle pieces that,<br />

when combined, move our mission forward. We rely on<br />

each one of you to keep us and our community strong.<br />



2018 Gratitude<br />

Month recognition<br />

of Counter Culture<br />

Coffee.<br />

2018 “We Are Your Village”<br />

Recovery Month photoshoot.<br />

Nonprofit Partners<br />

So many of our nonprofit partners play an<br />

intimate role in the lives of our participants.<br />

Whether they’re providing food or clothing<br />

to keep them nourished and safe while in<br />

our recovery program, or allowing them to<br />

volunteer and give back to the community,<br />

or even giving them employment again,<br />

our nonprofit partners are always there<br />

to continue giving back to those who we<br />

serve before, during, and after they come<br />

through our doors.<br />

Volunteers<br />

In many ways, our volunteers are at the very<br />

core of our mission. Whether they’re volunteer<br />

clinicians, serving on the board, handing out<br />

meals in our kitchens, or providing a boost<br />

in a multitude of other capacities, volunteers<br />

are there serving as crucial helpers and role<br />

models for our participants.<br />

Healthcare Providers<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> is grateful for the many<br />

healthcare providers who generously give<br />

their time to help the men and women we<br />

serve. They provide critical, life-saving care<br />

to help our men and women get back into<br />

good physical and mental health.<br />

First Responders and<br />

Criminal Justice Partners<br />

First responders, in many cases, are the<br />

initial point of contact between <strong>Healing</strong><br />

<strong>Transitions</strong> and a person who is in need of<br />

our services. They are critical to our impact<br />

in the community. Once they bring someone<br />

through our doors, our wonderful criminal<br />

justice partners play an important role in<br />

assisting with any legal issues a participant<br />

may have so they can leave our program in<br />

recovery prepared to be a productive member<br />

of society once more.<br />

Faith Community<br />

Partners<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> is thankful for the<br />

multitude of faith organizations whose<br />

members give so much to our men and<br />

women. Not only are they donating time and<br />

resources every day, but they provide the<br />

folks who we serve an inviting and welcoming<br />

community that will stick by their side for a<br />

lifetime after they finish our recovery program.<br />


2018 Gratitude Month recognition of the Food<br />

Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.<br />

2018 Gratitude<br />

Month recognition<br />

of the Wake<br />

County ABC<br />

Board.<br />

Recovery Community<br />

Our mission is not possible without the vast<br />

recovery community of North Carolina.<br />

This incredible collection of people and<br />

organizations provides resources, tools,<br />

and lifelong support to help the folks who<br />

we serve thrive in recovery long after they<br />

complete our program.<br />

Educational Programs<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> is fortunate to partner<br />

with multiple educational programs to<br />

provide valuable, long-lasting tools for our<br />

participants. Whether it’s educating them on<br />

finances, teaching them how to read in an<br />

engaging way to their children, or helping<br />

them build a resume to gain meaningful<br />

employment, these organizations help<br />

rebuild the men and women who we serve<br />

from the inside-out.<br />

Fitness Community<br />

The fitness community in Raleigh is strong,<br />

inclusive, and passionately gives back to their<br />

community. They help build healthy habits<br />

for our participants, and give relentless<br />

support in their recovery.<br />

Housing Organizations<br />

When someone walks through our doors, they<br />

do so homeless, uninsured, and struggling<br />

with substance use. But when they are ready<br />

to leave to be a part of the larger community<br />

as a person in recovery, they are greeted by<br />

numerous housing organizations ready to<br />

give them a place to call “home” again. Our<br />

mission would not be possible without these<br />

entities willing to give our alumni a place to<br />

thrive in recovery.<br />

Other Community<br />

Partners<br />

There are so many incredible leaders<br />

and organizations in our community who<br />

generously give back in so many meaningful<br />

ways. They are how we can serve the unique<br />

needs of well over 300 men and women<br />

every single day. Without all of these entities<br />

with whom we partner, we would not have<br />

the success that we do. And for that, we are<br />

eternally grateful.<br />






2018 Staff Holiday Luncheon at<br />

Prestonwood Country Club.<br />



OUR Cornerstone<br />

A cornerstone is defined as an important quality or feature on which a particular<br />

thing depends or is based. Simply put, <strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong> would not be here<br />

today if not for our foundational stakeholders, key players, and early committee<br />

members who believed in the overwhelming need for our services in Wake County<br />

at the turn of the millennium and for the 17 donors who have given every year<br />

since we opened our doors in 2001 for a combined total of $1,553,463.<br />

Foundational Stakeholders<br />

These are the people and organizations who paved the way to make our mission possible by being<br />

the initial investors in either our men’s campus in 2001, women’s campus in 2006, or both.<br />

WakeMed<br />

ABC Commission of North Carolina<br />

Wake County<br />

Duke Energy Progress<br />

Capital Broadcasting Company<br />

A.J. Fletcher Foundation<br />

City of Raleigh<br />

WakeMed Staff Foundation<br />

Ray Goodmon<br />

NC Housing Finance Agency<br />

GlaxoSmithKline<br />

Triangle Community Foundation<br />

UNC Rex<br />

Kate B. Reynolds Foundation<br />

Szulik Family Foundation<br />

White Memorial Presbyterian Church<br />

Blue Cross Blue Shield North Carolina<br />

Mary Ann Poole<br />

The John Rex Endowment<br />



Key Players *<br />

These leaders were the sparkplug of the movement to bring The <strong>Healing</strong> Place to Wake County.<br />

They were the strongest advocates who understood the importance of having our program and<br />

community and took action to bring it to life.<br />

Fred Barber<br />

Capitol Broadcasting Company<br />

Dr. Wilmer Betts<br />

Wake County Mental Health Clinic<br />

Dr. Bob H. Bilbro<br />

Wake County Medical Society<br />

Ray Champ<br />

WakeMed<br />

Barbara Goodmon<br />

Wake County Human Services, Board Member<br />

Benson Kirkman<br />

Raleigh City Council<br />

Dennis Parnell<br />

<strong>Healing</strong> <strong>Transitions</strong>, Founding Executive Director<br />

(1999-2016)<br />

Maria Spaulding<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Linda Strother<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Key Player Special Mentions<br />

Jay Davidson<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place Louisville, Executive Director<br />

Chris Fajardo<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place Louisville, Program Director<br />

Joe McQuany<br />

Developer of the Recovery Dynamics curriculum<br />

Lacy Reaves<br />

Smith Anderson Law Firm<br />

The Recovery Community of Wake<br />

County, North Carolina and abroad<br />

Shepherd’s Table Soup Kitchen<br />

The <strong>Healing</strong> Place Delegation<br />

Those who traveled to The <strong>Healing</strong> Place in Louisville on 6/21/1998 - 6/23/1998<br />

to learn more about the program model.<br />

Fred Barber<br />

Gerald Brown<br />

Wake County EMS<br />

Lonnie Bunn<br />

WakeMed Emergency Department Operations<br />

Rev. Richard Fitzgerald<br />

Raleigh Rescue Mission<br />

Rev. Sam Foster<br />

Raleigh Rescue Mission<br />

Dr. Sally Fuller<br />

WakeMed Emergency Department<br />

Barbara Goodmon<br />

Franklin Ingram<br />

Southlight<br />

Benson Kirkman<br />

Janet Laing<br />

East Raleigh Community Action Council<br />

Mayor Fred Musgrave<br />

Salvation Army<br />

Captain Dan Nagle<br />

Wake County Sheriff Department<br />

Roy Nickell<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Dennis Parnell<br />

Mary Jean Seyda<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Maria Spaulding<br />

Linda Strother<br />

Charlotte Terwilliger<br />

WakeMed<br />

*The above individuals made up one or more of the following committees between the years of 1993-1999: Community Forum<br />

Planning Committee; Community Forum Substance Abuse Treatment Committee; Substance Abuse Non-Hospital Medical Detox<br />

Committee (SANHMD); The <strong>Healing</strong> Place Delegation Committee; Wake County Housing and Homeless Working Group (HHWG).<br />


Community Forum Substance Abuse<br />

Treatment Committee<br />

Those who came together in August of 1998 to implement The <strong>Healing</strong> Place<br />

program model and develop the business plan.<br />

Fred Barber<br />

Dr. Wilmer Betts<br />

Carolyn Crowder<br />

Triangle Family Services<br />

Shiela Frye<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Franklin Ingram<br />

Roy Nickell<br />

Jamie Norton<br />

Keys to Recovery<br />

Dennis Parnell<br />

Tammy Strickland<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

David Turpin<br />

Southlight<br />

Bob Sorrels<br />

Wake County Human Services<br />

Linda Strother<br />

For your unwavering support over the past two<br />

decades, we salute you and are forever grateful!<br />

Dennis Parnell (R) receiving a donation.<br />

Chris Budnick receiving a check from CBS-17.<br />

Dennis Parnell receiving donation.<br />

Allstate Foundation $20k donation.<br />




Thank you!<br />


Thank you!<br />

Jamie<br />


Raeford<br />


(919) 838-9800<br />

philanthrophy@healing-transitions.org<br />

healing-transitions.org<br />

MEN’S CAMPUS /<br />


1251 Goode St.<br />

Raleigh, NC 27603<br />


3304 Glen Royal Rd.<br />

Raleigh, NC 27617<br />

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