MARCH 2017
Eat and meet 
Based on feedback and suggestions we received about weekend logistics, we are going to try moving what was previously called the Homecoming Advisory Breakfast from Saturday morning at 8 am to Sunday morning at 9:30.

Rechristened as the Roundtable Breakfast, the event will start with a casual continental style breakfast in the tent.  After we eat, everyone will gather inside the conference center for an update on what's going on behind the scenes at Willingway from some of our leadership staff. Trey Carter, CEO of Summit BHC (our new ownership partner), will also be on our panel. The agenda will include talk about the transition, current initiatives at Willingway and what we can look forward to in the future. We encourage our Alumni/Families to bring any questions that you have for an open Q&A forum as well.

The cost to attend is included in the general Homecoming registration fee. Everyone is welcome and we encourage you to be there! 
Please help us with headcount for the food and let us know if you are coming to the breakfast (even if you have already registered for Homecoming overall).
Homecoming with a side of house reunions

Past program participants of our long term residential programs are invited to attend the annual reunions of their respective houses.

The men and women currently in-residence are working hard now to plan these special evenings that always prove to be memorable. Please come support them with your hope and to fellowship with recovery friends new and old!

Women's Programs

Lee Street and By the Grace - Held on Thursday at Lee Street. Eating at 6 pm, followed by a gratitude meeting at 7. The ladies have a slumber party theme so wear your fave PJs or dress comfortably. Athleisure-wear is in this year! 

Women's Residence (The Rez)  - Held on Friday at the Rez. Eating at 5 pm, followed by a sharing meeting at 6. Will end in time to go to SpringHill for the opening session of Homecoming.

Men's Programs

Louie's House and Broad 90 - Held on Thursday at Louie's. Eating and games at 5 pm, followed by a gratitude meeting around 7. All to be held outside, weather permitting. Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the annual group photo either! 

Men's Lodge - Held on Friday at the main Lodge. Eating at 5 pm, followed by a sharing meeting at 6. Bring your best volleyball spikes. Will end in time to go to SpringHill for the opening session of Homecoming. 
Contact  communications@willingway.com with any questions.
Willingway to host continuing ed event for clinical professionals on April 28 
CEU Workshop
Friday, April 28
8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Willingway Sunshine Building
311 Jones Mill Rd
Statesboro, GA 30458

6 CEU Credits Applied

David Tiner 

Please email Janis Ellington jellington@summitbhc.com with any questions
Alumni Updates

Prayer Request 
Major Alan P.
Columbus, Mississippi

Many Alumni will recognize Alan P. of Columbus, Mississippi. Alan was the opening speaker for our Homecoming 2015 gratitude meeting and he and his wife, Cheryl, keep in close contact with the Willingway community at large. Alan is a Major and the  Commanding Officer for The Salvation Army in Columbus, Mississippi. This calling includes fundraising; spiritual, marriage and addictions counseling; and pastoral care. 

Alan is one of those people who gives far more to the world than he ever seeks to receive. We are asking our Alumni community to give back to Alan now. Please include him, his family, and his caregivers in your prayers and/or meditations as he was recently diagnosed with cancer. 

Each month, Alan sends out a newsletter to a group of family, friends, and colleagues and he shared the following last week about his experience since the diagnosis: 

"The amazing thing during this whole journey of health issues is that I have not found the need to use as I would do in the past. We serve an awesome God!

I know God knows my heart. He knows when I am hurting, but I find the need to express this to Him. I imagine he takes great joy in this. I imagine it’s just like the joy a father feels for his child when they come to “To be Held.” Who knows what tomorrow holds. Well, God does. If He does, it’s not so important that I do. This thought gives me such serenity."  



Philip E.
Statesboro, Georgia

Our community has been shocked and saddened by the recent and tragic death of beloved recovery friend Philip E. from injuries he sustained in a car accident. 

Philip worked at Willingway as a nurse aide and was an active and highly visible member of the recovery scene in Statesboro and points beyond. Many have come to know and love his wife, Christy,  and their sons, Eddie and Tucker, too. 

Hundreds gathered in Statesboro last week to honor Philip at a memorial service held at First Presbyterian Church, where he was a member along with his family. Our hearts and prayers go out especially to Christy; the kids; Philip's immediate family; Chris J. of Atlanta; and to all others who mourn his passing. 

We have published text from the Augusta Chronicle  obituary below:

The native of Augusta was a graduate of Alleluia Community School. He was a graduate of Campion College in San Francisco, CA with a degree in Philosophy and Ogeechee Technical College with a degree in Commercial Construction Management. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Georgia Southern University. He was employed by University Hospital in Augusta. During his years in Statesboro he was employed by several local restaurants, Brannen Millworks and Willingway. Philip was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Statesboro. 

Surviving are his wife Christy; two sons Eddie and Tucker; his parents Kurt and Annette, his siblings Rachel (Brian), Daniel, Meg (Hash), Jonathan (Megan), Mark, Timothy, Steven, Molly, Ryan, Luke, Joseph, Matthew, Shayna, Brendan; his mother-in-law Joy; his father-in-law James (Tammy); a brother-in-law Jamie (Ashley) and a nephew Jackson; several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles also survive.

Graduation and New Job
Brian R.
Marietta, Georgia

Cassie R. shared with us that Brian R. earned his Bachelor of Science, Finance, from the University of Georgia's Terry College of Business in May, 2016.

Brian is currently working as a financial analyst for a law firm in Atlanta (Buckhead).

Many congratulations to Brian!

Do you have news to share?  

Reply to this email or start a new message to  communications@willingway.com to publish:
  • Birth announcements
  • Marriages
  • New jobs
  • Sobriety/Wedding anniversaries
  • Obituaries
  • Spiritual support requests 

We encourage photos too! Use "Alumni News" in the subject line for all submissions and let us know where you are currently located. 

Deadline for inclusion is the 15th of each month and as they say, thanks for sharing. 

Highlights from around the Way


Our Interim CEO, Cherie Tolley, was named as Willingway's permanent CEO earlier this month. 

Cherie, or "CT," as she is more affectionately known around the office, brings extensive healthcare leadership and operational expertise to the role.

Alumni will have a chance to meet and hear from CT during Homecoming at Sunday's breakfast roundtable event.

Please join us in congratulating Cherie on her promotion and official status with Willingway! 
Cherie Tolley
Cherie Tolley, CEO
Have you registered yet?
Homecoming 2017, April 21-23
Our biggest Alumni event of the year is just three weeks away and the hotel block will sell out. Don't wait to book!

Main Tickets $20-35 (Kids 12 and under free)

Golf Tournament $75

~ Golf tournament ~ Speaker Meetings ~ Open Mic Gratitude Meeting ~ Outdoor BBQ and Open House ~ Kids Bounce House ~ Dunk Tank ~ Ice Cream Social ~ Pizza Party ~ Roundtable
Breakfast ~ Live Music ~

The event is also posted to our Facebook page. If you're not already following us, what the heck are you waiting for?!

“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” 

                                                                                                           - Brené Brown, Ph D.
The Chandelier is a digital monthly publication for the Alumni, Family, and Friends of Willingway. For any questions about it or our Alumni program in general, please contact Alumni Director Sarah Dasher.  sdasher@willingway.com or 404.388.3750