10th Annual Auction was a Big Hit!

  Another Auction has come and gone and this was definitely one for the books! After 10 years of this fun-filled fundraiser, we thought it fitting to really turn things up a notch and we have to say, the Motown Theme was a big hit! From the decor to the program, things came together like never before. When we set out in January to start what we have deemed "Auction Season" we never really know what the final outcome will be. Auction takes on a life of its own and we are as blown away as you are about how amazing the day really was!

This year we added live performances to the program during the silent auction and Emily Whitcomb did a fantastic job with her rendition of "Let's Bid it All" to the tune of Marvin Gaye. Then Carmin & The Miracles brought the house down as they danced to Aretha Franklin. All those girls were asking for was a little Respect!

Just prior to the Dessert and Live Auction, Alumni Mantia Woods shared her heart-warming story of redemption, reunification and recovery. Little Mariah made her big screen debut and helped her mom paint the picture  of what their life together looks like today in their Mommy Daughter video. What a cutie! We are honored to have been able to embark on this journey with Mantia. Her story is just one of countless others who have found healing and done the real work of transformation in their time with us!

Our Director Carmin Ottley addressed attendees, sharing the powerful story of grace and hope that is Truly Motivated. As she highlighted organizational goals around staff and program changes, she urged the audience to continue to partner monthly as we walk side-by-side with the men and women we serve. Your support changes lives and we thank you!!!

Now, are you ready to hear the final numbers?? Taking the full commitment of monthly partnerships into account, together, we raised an astounding $79,300!!!!! Our ability to invest in the lives of those recovering from the disease of addiction is now a certainty thanks to everyone that affirmed their belief in our work by raising their paddles that day! We're so grateful!!!

Everyone from staff to volunteers, from donors to servers pulled out all the stops this year. The Prime Rib Dinner, compliments of Cascade's Chef Chris Dean was to die for. And those desserts!!! We had not one but two this year sell for $1000 or more!

We can't close without mentioning that the day simply wouldn't have had the same tone if anyone other than Crossroad's Pastor Pete Anderson hadn't stepped up as this year's new MC. Pete took on the day with such commitment and passion and brought an element of fun and lightheartedness to the event this year that just added to the whole feel. We missed Camp's Rob Mohrweis who filled that role for nearly every auction prior, but we are grateful he gave so much time and effort to prepping Pete for the job! We also have to acknowledge Camp's former Program Director Claudia "Dirt" Fisher, who came out and volunteered for the day as Point Person. She's the lady behind the scene's making sure everything goes off without a hitch all day and we couldn't do it without her!

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. If it was your first auction, now you know this is an event you don't want to miss! If you're a seasoned goer, thank you for coming back year after year to celebrate, win big and show your support!


Live Auction Preview 2017!

As the big day approaches and we finalize the Live Auction line-up, we get more and more excited about this year's event! The Motown theme is sure to bring magic, the food will be fantastic as always, and these items - there really will be something for everyone! We've got the Classics, some Throwbacks, and even some new stuff this year that you'll love! Here's a bit of the list so far....

1 Night Stay at Cedarbrook Lodge

Ready for a romantic getaway? Enjoy a 1 night stay in a deluxe room at the quintessential northwest hideaway - The Cedarbrook Lodge. With the luxury of a pillow menu, free Haagen-Dazs Ice Cream, and complimentary breakfast this package offers relaxation in style and class. Also includes: free valet parking and $125 Gift Certificate for Dinner at the Award-Winning Copperleaf Restaurant - voted one of the Top Ten  Restaurants in the US, featuring farm fresh to table cuisine. Donated by: Cedarbrook Lodge

Value: $450

Steelhead Fishing Trip

Enjoy a fantastic fishing trip for two aboard a 20 ft Alumaweld Super Vee and stock up on some steelhead as you fish the Cowlitz, Nisqually or Satsup River. Good for the June - Sept Season. Additional Two Seats can be purchased from donor @ $175 per seat. Donated by: Twisted  Waters Guide Service

Value: $350

Seattle Seahawks Football Fantasy Package

Go Hawks! Cheer on the home team with four tickets to see a preseason game (dates TBD) plus a Seahawks Sweatshirt, Jersey & T-shirt. Awesome end-zone seats just beneath the Blue Thunder Drum line, great views of the field & downtown Seattle.  Donated by: Steve & Christine Nolan & Brad Miller

 Value: $480

Trip to Cancun

Are you ready for some sunshine??? This package will be for seven nights at the beautiful Mayan Palace Riviera Maya in Cancun, Mexico. Accommodations are for a studio or 1-bedroom resort condominium units for one to four people (upgrade to a 2 bedroom for up to 6 guests available). Located at the center of Vidanta Riviera Maya, steps from the shopping  at Jade Boutique and the popular restaurants Gong, Tramonto, and  Frida’s, Mayan Palace is a model of modern comfort and convenience.  Mayan Palace guests enjoy a stunning pool, which is the largest at the  resort and overlooks the Caribbean Sea, access to an 18-hole par-54 golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Work out in the gym or enjoy a massage or body treatment at the Brio Spa. Airfare is not included in this package. Featured resorts are booked when available; the right to substitute other resorts of equal quality is reserved. Reservation requests must be received in writing at least 90 days prior to your requested arrival date and are subject to availability. Offer expires 18 months after issue date and all travel must be complete by that time. Minimum Bid starts at 2350!

Value: Priceless!

1 Week of Summer Camp Fun!

Give the gift of fun in this week long adventure at Cascades Camp. Choose either Camp Timber Rock (7th to 9th grader) or Brightwood Station (4th - 6th grader) Includes 1 A.M. and 1 P.M. Activity, a camp shirt, cap, and the chance to be the program leader of the entire camp for the day! 4 Dates to choose from in July 2017. Donated by: Cascades Camp and Conference Center

Value: $450

Refined Romance - Dinner at Canlis

Regarded as the finest restaurant  in Seattle, Canlis offers 180-degree views of the city, Lake Union ,and the Cascade Mountains. Enjoy a night of fabulous food and amazing atmosphere with a gift certificate for dinner for two (gratuity Not included.)

Donated by: Canlis

Value $300


 African Photo Safari

Out of the archives comes this once in a life time adventure to Africa! This amazing photo safari for 2 people includes 6 Days/Nights at Zulu Nyala Heritage Safari Lodge with 3 meals per day.  Experience the magic of Africa with 2 Game drives per day on the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve! This unique bush experience in the heart of one of South Africa's most diverse conservation regions features encounters with a wide variety of game, from the majestic elephant to rhino, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, the secretive leopard and cheetah and the shy Nyala antelope that are endemic to the region.

Package does not include airfare, trip is valid for 2 years. Minimum Bid $2500!

Value: Priceless!

Steele Clayton's Mobile BBQ

Enjoy a BBQ for you and 40 of your closest friends smoked on site (within 10 miles of Yelm) on the back of "Ole Blue," Steele Clayton's 1948 Dodge pick-up! You'll have your choice of pulled pork, brisket or chicken. Comes with drinks and 1 side. Donated by: Steele Clayton

Value: $600

Hardwood Floors

300 Square feet #1 Common Red Oak 2 1/4" hardwood floors installed, sanded, and finished.  An easy and wonderful way to beautify your home.  (Non-transferable, and must be used by 4/24/18. Additional square footage and/or change of wood species will have an additional fee of the going rate at time of install).  Donated by: Whitewater Hardwood Floors

Value: $3000


Truly Motivated Partnership Opportunity

The mission of Truly Motivated is to provide opportunities in Thurston County and the South Puget Sound for those suffering from addiction to transform their lives with the profound belief that people can change. Truly Motivated was formed in 2005 out of the significant need in the Yelm and surrounding South Puget Sound area for supportive sober living. We operate as a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization and have three full time staff members who work on site and directly with our residents. Truly Motivated comfortably houses up to 25 residents. For more than a decade now, we have witnessed extraordinary success. Mothers and fathers are reunited with children, and complete family restorations take place consistently. Lack of dignity and self respect turn into confidence and hope. Fear and devastation turn into courage and peace. Employment is secured, driving privileges are restored, legal matters are resolved and successful transitions to independent living happen regularly. Our most recent statistics from an early 2015 study of residents in our facilities from January to June show 68% become gainfully employed, 54% maintain sobriety, 42% were reunited with family, 22% obtained driver’s licenses, 3% enrolled in an educational program, and 17% successfully transitioned out to independent living. Moreover, we have been endorsed by the Tri-County Area Supervisor of Department of Corrections as “the best transitional living facility in the state." What sets Truly Motivated apart is the relational piece of everything we do. Relationships heal and it’s what we do best. Every dollar you donate goes directly to services for the individuals we serve; which includes; food, housing, onsite 12 step meetings, relapse prevention counseling and groups led by our staff and the one on one time so greatly needed.

Value: Priceless

Entice Five-Person Spa

Stretch out with friends or loved ones in the largest hot tub model in the Fantasy line up. With its comfortable layout featuring a deep sitting lounge and open bench seating its roomy enough to fit up to five adults. This model also comes with a molded in ice bucket that will keep all of your drinks cool while you enjoy your soak. Kick up the ambiance a notch with the waterfall and multicolored LED light. Donated by: Spa Warehouse

Value: $4495 Minimum Bid: $2400

 VIP Table - 11th Annual Dinner & Auction

Sit at the V.I.P. Table for the 2018 Truly Motivated Transitional Living 11th Annual Dinner & Auction.  Reserved front & center location, elegant table setting and table favors, your own formal waiter meeting your every need all evening long.  Truly an experience you'll never forget!  Donated by Myrna Morey, Truly Motivated and Cascades Camp Conference Center

Value: Priceless

Ready to reserve your seats? Click HERE to purchase tickets online today!

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Great God! Great Lengths!

I  would like to introduce you to Brea.... Brea's testimony caught my ear the first time she talked openly in one of our Genesis groups....   Brea's testimony caught my ear the first time she talked openly in one of our Genesis groups. She spoke of being ready to change, but after arriving at inpatient treatment, becoming overwhelmed and scared at what was ahead of her, and trying to climb a very tall fence to run away, she fell and broke her leg. She stayed, completed the program, afterwards coming to Truly Motivated. I got tears in my eyes and was deeply moved at what God will do to reach his children with His healing touch. "So God broke your leg so He could get you to stay put so He could start healing your heart?" I asked. ( after all, he did send a fish to swallow up Jonah!) You see, Brea's behaviors said she wasn't ready, but God is the only one who knows our hearts! When Brea arrived she had a lot of walls up and wasn't too sure of this God thing. We at Truly Motivated believe in meeting people right where they are at and walking with them in their recovery and faith walk . Brea is growing into a faith that is her own and it is beautiful to witness. In this article we will talk about a new program here at Truly Motivated;  for more on the Genesis Process go to What was it like before?  7 1/2 months ago I was living with a drug dealer running around selling heroin and meth all day and night,  I was using heavily and shooting up on a regular basis - usually 7-8 times a day. I didn't have contact with any of my family anymore including my 13 year old son or 6 year old daughter. I was very depressed, lied to everyone and didn't care about anything or anyone except for my drugs. I was down to 89 pounds and almost died from an overdose and was mentally unstable before I decided to try to get help again. I really thought there was no hope for me and that I would die due to drugs seeing how I had been to treatment several times and tried to get clean. Something made me decide to try one more time and to do something different than I had done before. What was it like coming to Truly Motivated? After completing inpatient treatment for 60 days, I decided to do something different by coming to a clean and sober house. I believe this decision is what truly changed my life. The ability to surround myself with other addicts that are staying clean and doing life is what kept me motivated to do the same thing. I was scared and nervous to live in a house with other women, but the ladies here were very inviting and welcoming to me. In the past 5 months of living at Truly Motivated I have become extremely close to the women here. Two of the ladies are my best friends today. What is life like today for you at 7 1/2 months clean? Today my life is completely different. For the first time in 17 years I have 7 1/2 months clean and sober and I am doing recovery. I am close to some of my family members and am building trust and respect back with others. I am involved as much as possible with my children. I take the opportunities to involve myself with as many functions that Truly Motivated offers. I feel good about myself and have my ambition back to achieve my goals that have been pushed aside for so long.  How has the Genesis Process helped you? I am so thankful to have the Genesis Process as a part of my recovery. I believe it has really helped me to understand where my addiction comes from and gives me the knowledge to realize that my recovery isn’t just about not using drugs or alcohol, but a process of retraining my brain and how to do it. Genesis has helped me learn about myself and why I have struggled with many issues. It makes me deal with my feelings, face my fears and learn to understand them, also why I have them and how to deal with them and change them with the help of God and others.

Congratulations Brea on your hard work and 7 1/2 months clean!!

We are reaching more men and women each year. In this season of Thanksgiving, we are so thankful for your prayers and support. The men and women of Truly Motivated so very much appreciate all the little things that are done for them behind the scenes through your provision and prayers. As you plan your year-end giving and your next year's budget, please consider giving a little extra this year.  In addition, if you haven't already become a monthly or quarterly donor this is a perfect time to commit to helping us in this important work. You can setup automatic giving on the website  if you'd prefer not to mail checks. There isn't a gift too small that doesn't go a long way toward helping these wonderful people we serve.

If you would like to send along a note of encouragement to Brea you may send it to 11326 Bald Hill Rd SE Yelm, WA 98597.

Foolish Generation

This time last year we saw Taylor Gubser celebrate her late Uncle Zach by doing a fundraiser on his birthday and donating the earnings to Truly Motivated. Join us in celebrating Zach this year by taking a moment to read this....

' Old pirates, yes, they rob I; sold I to the merchant ships, minutes after they took I from the bottomless pit. But my hand was made strong, strong by the hand of the almighty; we forward in this generation triumphantly…' (more...)

Testimony Moves Crowd – 5K

Truly Motivated's 5k Run for Recovery Wrap-Up

The crowd started showing up early Saturday morning... picking up registration packets and fixing their runner's number to their shirts. Starbucks had coffee brewed and there was a buzz in the air. Many had joined us for our First Annual Run and knew what was in store, others were there for their first time and enjoying the excitement of something new and something fun. There were about 100 people present when we kicked it all off. Carmin got us started with some history of Truly Motivated and spent time thanking our sponsors for being such a big part of what we do, both by providing our organization with necessary services and by participating in our events. We took a moment to recognize Walt's Tire Factory, Tad Stillwell's Farmers Insurance Agency, Littlefield & Co. PLLC, Cascades Camp & Conference Center, Twinstar Credit Union, and of course Starbucks (can't forget Starbucks!).

Shortly after Carmin introduced Penny Hansen-Walton to the crowd. Penny shared her special story with us about how Joe, Carmin & Truly Motivated saved her life, but whats more, she shared how her story was in turn impacting the lives of others. I looked across the crowd as she told the of her near death and miraculous turn around I saw quite a few wiping tears from their eyes. Penny came to show the local community that recovery can & does happen. Lives are restored and relationships are renewed. Penny had 3 members of her family joining her in the 5K to show their support & commitment. As Penny closed us out the Runners gathered at the start line and with a good ol' "On your mark, get set, GO!" they were off.

Just a cool 22 minutes and 28 seconds later our winner Sally Lockhart sailed across the finish line. See the list below for the top ten. (The full list of this years results will be posted at next years Run too!) The first ten runners received a gift from Starbucks for their outstanding performance and dozens stuck around to help us cheer the rest of the runners on as they came in to the home stretch.

All in all it was a fantastic event, and with your help we were able to raise $3716! A great portion of this money will go directly to our Scholarship Fund. Our Scholarship Fund allows those coming in from active addiction with very few resources the opportunity to find refuge from the storms of active addiction in our homes without having to worry about how to pay. For many, it is their first experience with grace and it can truly change the course of their recovery. What a gift!

So Thank You again Runners, Sponsors & Volunteers - It was another successful Run for Recovery - We Look Forward to Seeing You Next Year!

Gone but not Forgotten

I remember the first time I met Douglas Bailey. I found him in the meeting hall with his wallet in one hand and a piece of paper held about half an inch from his face in the other. I'd been sent in to help Doug track down his Eye Doctor and see about getting him a new pair of glasses. As I helped him sift through the tattered business cards and torn scraps of paper he had managed to hang on to while living in the wilderness, I listened and learned a great deal about the man.  The first thing I found out was that he was legally blind. This actually went without saying, but Doug informed me that it was official and even showed me the status on his ID card. I also found out that he was estranged from his family. He wanted very much to be reunited with them and asked me if I could help. Their last known whereabouts were a vague memory in his foggy mind. Doug was just a few hours out of Tacoma Detox where he had spent the last three days sobering up. I later learned that he was 'the man on the Safeway bucket.' As it turned out, Joe had bribed the old man in off his over-turned five gallon bucket where he'd spent most of his days panhandling for change for more booze in front of the grocery store.  Joe made Doug promise that if he came inside, no more bucket. And so started Doug's time at Truly Motivated. Reality says that most people come to us without the financial means to pay their way. It's why we have the Scholarship Fund in place and why we are so grateful  for those that support it. People like Doug come in off the streets (or out of the woods around here) with nothing and we are able to offer them a chance at finding life and learning to live it. Sometimes, these people respond with gratitude in the way of helping around the properties... ... Fast forward to week two - Doug thinks he can build a good fire in the meeting hall and nearly takes his face off with the ax while trying to cut kindling. We also found him many times with his entire head inside the wood stove trying to get it started. Promise Number Two - no more fires! We laughed and joked with him about this endlessly, and let me stop here to say, laughter came easy with Doug around! The man had wit and sarcasm for days. I think he used his status of being our 'elder'  to poke more fun at Joe and Carmin then anyone ever has! Douglas stayed with us just a few months before he relapsed unfortunately. Alcoholism  is said to be cunning, baffling, and powerful. The drink had tight grip on Doug and we lost him... for a while. Then one day, Joe found him on his bucket and brought him back in. It was good to see him again, he was weather-beaten from being outside, his cheeks were flushed fiery red, he'd lost his glasses again, but his humor was intact and I smiled as he razzed Joe who was very busy making him stacks of grilled cheese sandwiches and a big bowl of tomato soup. I wish I'd known that was the last time I would see him. Douglas Raymond Bailey died August 5th, 2011. He was a good man, with a great heart, a warm smile, and a desire to be a good brother  and friend. He was loved by many and Promise Number Three - he'll be forgotten by none.

We miss you Dougie Fresh!

Kung Fu Panda 2

You may remember the great article Joe wrote last year about his friend and resident Kenny G, also known as Kung Fu Panda (if not you can read it here). As he shared with us all then, Kenny has found passion, purpose, and recovery for many years here at Truly Motivated. But when I recently heard we were having a steer as well as the pigs sent to the butcher, that our heifer Molly had a new baby calf and that we had new horses in boarding I thought I'd better stop by and see how Kenny was doing. Kenny came to live at Truly Motivated in 2007 and has been one of Joe's best friends ever since. It's hard to believe when you meet him that he was once a hardened criminal caught up between behavioral health systems and in and out of prison. The dually-diagnosed often go untreated and slip through the cracks. A lack of funding, aftercare or a treatment plan upon release goes to show that the system really doesn't understand how to address their needs. But when Joe met Kenny he knew quite simply that Kenny just needed a place to call home; and that's what your support of Truly Motivated has helped provide. Today, Kenny is our manager at House Three. He helps keep tabs on the other residents there and makes sure that everyone is meeting the Truly Motivated standard, following the rules and traveling along the road to recovery. At first sign of a problem, Kenny is sure to let Joe know. Not only because he cares about Truly Motivated but because he cares about the people that live here too. Kenny's care can also be seen on any given morning if you poke your head in the big red barn at House Three. Kenny tends to all the animals at Truly Motivated and it brings him great joy. When I heard that it was time for another slaughter my heart went out to our Kung Fu Panda because I know it's a tough time for him. I listened while he told me about the sad day the butcher came for 'SpongeBob' but smiled as he quickly said, "But it's ok... I got Molly's new baby calf and Joe's letting me keep the horns!" I followed Kenny out to the barn so he could show me and sure enough, placed carefully on the shelf were the steers horns. He told me in a very matter-of-fact way, "Next Tuesday is my birthday. I'll be 52 and I told Joe, all I want is a telescope and to mount SpongeBob's horns with a plaque that says his name." It's that simple. Kenny understands that keeping food costs down at Truly Motivated means raising our own beef and pork and while it makes him sad at times, Kenny is proud to be a part of helping make this place work. I smiled as he fed the horses we recently started boarding and chatted with him as he told me the little quirky likes and dislikes of each one. It's clear to see Kenny loves his animals and loves Truly Motivated. As always we thank you for your part in helping make it possible to provide Kenny a place to call home.

The Swankiest Soiree


We hope you had a fantastic time at our 5th Annual Dinner & Auction.

Together we raised over $60,000 in one day - simply amazing!

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