5K Success! 7th Annual Run Wrap Up

September was National Recovery Month and in keeping with tradition, Truly Motivated hosted its 7th Annual 5K Run.

New Testimonial! Kyle H – 13 Miles


13 miles

As I sat down with Kyle to get a bit more of his story to write this article, I became that much more impressed with him. This is saying a lot, as Kyle has impressed all of us here at Truly Motivated since he arrived August 31 of last year. I remember talking to him while he was still in inpatient treatment at Northwest Resources. He definitely sounded committed but I was a bit skeptical. Historically speaking, folks in their early 20’s in our homes are kind of tough. Kyle has proven this is not always the case. What has transpired since he got sober and came to Truly Motivated has turned out to be a truly amazing story about a remarkable young man.

I asked Kyle what his rock bottom was. He said it was hard to explain. He had lost everything; his dignity, his family and he was homeless. He was involved in a car wreck, having taken his car over a cliff while driving intoxicated. He had a broken nose, was arrested, booked and put in the drunk tank. He felt the depth of hopelessness, but along with that came some willingness. He knew he had to change; that this wasn’t the way to live. Upon release, he walked 13 miles to his Dad’s house. He sat with his brothers and felt so sorry for what he had put them through with his alcoholism. His Dad came home and the scene wasn’t good. It is so hard for family members; the hurt, fear, disappointment and anger are hard to manage. Kyle was told to leave. He walked another 13 miles to Northwest Resources in the heat, detoxing and sick to get help and get in to treatment. 13 miles to save his own life. 13 miles to hope. 13 miles to the unknown, but there was nothing left.

He was assured a bed, but it wouldn’t be open right away. The insanity of addiction is hard for most to understand unless they have been there. Despite the fact that alcohol was clearly a major problem, Kyle left and went to the streets and continued drinking. He woke up on day two in a park, hung-over and robbed of everything he had, even his precious guitar. He was sick, dehydrated and Northwest Resources rushed the bed for him and got him in to their men’s inpatient program that day. For Kyle there has been no turning back since.

Withdrawals in treatment were hard. Sleep didn’t come easy as high and very intense anxiety accompanies alcohol detoxification. As Kyle started getting in to some recovery literature, he read about the concept of a Higher Power. He found surrender there, found forgiveness, and asked God back in to his life and to stay by his side. Kyle tells me that night he slept soundly and awoke the next day feeling, hopeful, optimistic, and very grateful. In short he was coming to life.

Today Kyle wakes up every day thanking God for being by his side. “I will never leave you or forsake you” is the promise. He feels God’s presence in nature. I read the Nineteenth Psalm to Kyle that says the heavens declare the glory of God, that they speak day after day without words.


While in treatment, Kyle came along side another man who was going through heavy withdrawals. Kyle stuck by his side and encouraged him. This gentleman had a guitar and after hearing Kyle play it gifted it to him. Kyle can be seen all over our properties playing his guitar these days. As he has grown in his recovery, he has gained the courage and the confidence needed to start sharing his music with the world. His talent can now be heard on his Facebook Page and on YouTube and it's been encouraging to see him step out in faith and read all the wonderful responses he receives in return.


Kyle attributes the structure at Truly Motivated, the accountability, the safe feeling he has here and the life long relationships he has formed to his success. He recalls one of our guys Scott asking him if he was comfortable when he arrived at Truly Motivated. Kyle’s answer was "yes," Scott told him, “That’s because you are home.”

What does his success look like? He will have one year sober in July, is a supervisor where he works, has transitioned to Phase 2 housing with us, serves on our Peer Panel leading other residents, will get his driver’s license in September and will be debt free in two months. I asked about what his family looks like today. He told me that they wake up each day and thank God that their son is back. His brothers look up to him as a role model. Kyle lives each day with gratitude, humility, service and a positive outlook. It is really amazing to witness and I took a lesson from him on positive outlook the day we met for sure. He tells me he is no longer miserable. That he has positive coping tools he has gained through the weekly Genesis Groups our guys participate in.

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Kyle is Truly Motivated.

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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