November 2018
Project Recovery & Because You Asked
We know that our alumni will be very excited to learn that Willingway has partnered with The Averitt Center for the Arts to create an immersive week of theater, dialogue, and education called " Project Recovery" The goal of this project is to destigmatize the views of addiction and people in recovery, while spotlighting the community services available to persons involved in the recovery process. At the heart of Project Recovery is Because You Asked, a dramatic adaptation of true-life stories of addiction and recovery. The production will inform audiences of the risks and effects of substance abuse, as well as provide insight into this human tragedy. Because You Asked will premiere in Statesboro, Georgia, September 16-22, 2019 , which has been deemed Heroin and Opioid Awareness Week by the U.S. Department of Justice. Through resource fairs, panel discussions, and more, residents can learn about the vital assistance service organizations provide and how to best utilize their offerings. Project Recovery also plans to host a website to provide information regarding substance abuse as well as a listing of available service organizations both locally and nationally.
Willingway's Alumni Program and the Averitt Center have already begun a collaboration with New York based playwright David Dannenfelser and theatre director Katie Pearl to develop and produce Because You Asked . David and Katie flew down to Statesboro last month to tour Willingway and to meet with a number of stakeholders within our local recovery community. They truly had an eye opening and informative visit, during which they were exposed to a number of different perspectives regarding addiction.

If you would like additional information about Project Recovery , please contact Alumni Coordinator Emily McFarland at emcfarland@willingway.com or by calling her directly at (912) 489-7277.
Pictured above, beginning from the left, are Project Recovery Staff - Trish Tootle, David Dannenfelser and Katie Pearl, along with Executive Director for The Averitt Center Jamie Grady.
Meet Stephanie Spencer, LCSW, MAC 
Willingway is excited to announce the newest addition to our clinical team at  The Women’s Residence  –  Stephanie Spencer, LCSW, MAC . Stephanie comes to Willingway with over 20 years of experience in the mental health and substance abuse treatment fields. She prides herself in treating the entire person - mind, body, and spirit - and draws upon a number of different therapeutic modalities to do so, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Moral Reconation Therapy. As the Women’s Residence Program Director, Stephanie is responsible for the growth and functioning of the program. Due to her credentialing, she is also available to other patients that we may have in extended treatment that are in need of a higher level of clinical services.
The Haunted Forest
Willingway is very proud to announce that we raised over $32,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Bulloch County, all thanks to our amazing staff and the men and women of extended treatment who worked tirelessly to create a spooky fun time for everyone. Director of Operations for Willingway and Haunted Forest Guru Tracie Smith shared with us that “we really had the best forest in my 33 years of doing it. The stations looked great and the ghouls did a great job scaring people. The guys and girls from Cornerstone, the Lodge, Lee Street and the Women’s Residence rocked it this year”. Thank you to everyone who participated!
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Happenings Around The Way

Inpatients take a trip to the Old Freeman Family Farm

Now that fall is finally in the air, Willingway's Rec Therapy Department organized a special trip in October for our patients to the Old Freeman Family Farm , which has been owned and operated by the Freeman Family for five generations. Patients had a blast touring the 30-acre pecan orchard and enjoyed a hayride and the pumpkin patch. Inpatient Counselors Wayne Cooper and Paige Law are pictured to the right.
Halloween at The Way!

WW staff come to work dressed in their favorite costumes and patients voted for three lucky employees who won prizes for their efforts at our annual Patient - Staff Halloween Carnival.

Pictured to the right are our FIRST PLACE WINNERS - UR Nurse Sarah Dimond and Inpatient Counselor Paige Law who dressed up as the terrifying twins from Kubrick's The Shinning.

Jodi Brannen, PA-C and Director of Nursing Stephanie Morgan, along with PA students Kelsey and Claire, rocked it and won second place for their KISS costumes.
Count Crackula AKA Inpatient Counselor Wayne Cooper was our third place winner this year!

Rec Therapy Coordinator Rita Cobb and Family Counselor Hope Aldred get a very special honorable mention for their costumes from Grease !
Homecoming is May 3 - 5, 2019!

Each year we welcome returning alumni and their families as well as friends of Willingway to Statesboro for a weekend of fellowship and fun while celebrating recovery. Activities include an ice cream social, open house and BBQ on our main campus, pizza and dance party, and recovery speakers. Homecoming 2019 will take place on May 3-5 in Statesboro, GA. Be on the look-out for an announcement regarding this year's theme contest winner!
Willingway Weekly Continuing Care Community Groups

Held weekly in the following cities, our care extends beyond the Statesboro campus
to provide ongoing support for those in recovery. Alumni, their families and friends,
and anyone with a touchpoint to recovery are welcome.

For detailed meeting location information and local contacts, please visit our Continuing Care page  or contact Director of Continuing Care and Outcomes Jason "JD" DuPell at 912.489.7218 or email him at jdupell@willingway.com

Atlanta - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Augusta - Saturdays, 10:00 am
Bluffton - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm
Charleston - Mondays, 6:30 pm
Macon - Mondays, 6:30 pm
Marietta - Thursdays, 7:00 pm
Raleigh - Mondays, 7:30 pm   
Statesboro - Mondays, 6:30 pm
 St. Simon's Island - Saturdays, 10:00 am
Jacksonville - Mondays, 6:00 pm
Jacksonville Beach - Tuesdays, 6:00 pm  
Warner Robins - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm  
Waycross - Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
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 & Community Relations Coordinator Emily McFarland at emcfarland@willingway.com or 912.489.7277.