December 2018 ~ Newsletter
DIY Christmas Gift
The Christmas season can get busy, stressful and expensive. This Do-It-Yourself gift idea is not only easy on the wallet, it's also fun to make! Best of all, you can find everything you need at your local Salvation Army Family Store.

Before you start, you'll need a shirt that you don't mind cutting up, sharp scissors and a pillow form.

Once you have all your materials and tools, take the shirt you picked and lay it flat on a table, or other hard surface, making sure that the front and back is lined up at the bottom hem.

Next, lay your pillow on the torso part of the shirt and cut the shirt into a square around the pillow.

Setting the pillow aside, begin cutting strips into the fringe of your square piece. Start at one corner and make each strip roughly 3" long and a 1/2" wide. When you get to each corner, cut a diagonal strip and remove the leftover triangle of fabric. Do this around the whole square.

The next step is to tie each pair of strips into a square knot. A square knot is "left over right, then right over left" and is good and strong.

Continue tying square knots on three sides of your fabric so that you're left with an opening.

The last step is to put your pillow into the opening and tie all the knots on the 4th side.

And, abracadabra! Now you have a perfect gift! You could even go a step further and decorate your pillow to make it personal for the person you give it to. Have a Merry Christmas!
November Beneficiary of the Month

Our November Beneficiary of the Month is Anthony Johnson!

Anthony Johnson explained his life, before he made the decision to come to the Adult Rehabilitation Center, as confusion and hostile. He didn't have any belief in a higher power and was unable to recognize that he had a problem. Before beginning the program, Anthony lived in a sober house for a month, but he wasn't satisfied with the results so he sought extra help by making the choice to come here.

"I have made 100% progress in the program. I have learned what it means to believe in a power greater than myself, and to be blessed, with Jesus Christ Our Lord and Savior."

A big part of our Adult Rehabilitation program is work therapy, which gives beneficiaries an opportunity to apply the principals they are taught in situations that may occur in the workforce once they graduate. Anthony's work therapy assignment is the 2nd floor janitor and he is responsible for maintaining cleanliness on the 2nd floor. Another important responsibility that Mr. Johnson has is welcoming new men to the program, giving them a tour of the building and encouraging them as they pursue recovery.

After he graduates the program on December 26th, 2018, Anthony would like to work in the Adult Rehabilitation Center. He wants to do this so that he can give back to men that are lost when they come into the program because he believes that every individual has the same opportunity to find recovery from the disease of addiction.

We want to extend a heartfelt congratulations to Anthony Johnson for being chosen as November's Beneficiary of the Month and for the awesome progress he has made during his time at the Adult Rehabilitation Center. May God bless him as he continues the journey.
Thought of the Month
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.
Proverbs 8:17
The fool's game is believing that "I can live my life my way and win." Such a life is marked by rebellion, disobedience, and pride. God simply will not bless or reward such a life. You can tell me all about your degrees, experience, background, credentials, accomplishments, notoriety, fame, fortune, and awards, but if you are rejecting God in your life, you are still playing the fool's game. The most important thing you can do in your life is to receive Jesus Christ as your personal Savior.

~Charles F. Stanley
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