“He is in such a good place in his life”
I wanted to say thank you for all you have done for my son, Kurtis.
Kurtis is in such a good place in his life. Kurtis absolutely loves his job and working for you as he believes so much in your vision/mission.
I realized this after he called us after your recent St. John service trip to tell us how happy he was working for Foundation House. Kurtis said that he will have his future family give back to the communities they visit as well.
After that conversation, I realized how much more grateful I am to you and the other members of the Foundation House team for helping Kurtis get to a place where he can imagine himself surrounded by a loving family that helps others.
Keep up the great work and know that there are people out there that are absolutely grateful for your dedication to making a difference in our kids’ lives.
Las Vegas, NV
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2018
“I finally have my son back!”
I wanted to let each of you know of my sincere appreciation for what you have done for my son.
As you know, our journey has been a very long one. I have always loved Bobby but, at times, could not stand to be near him. I thought his addiction would surely kill one or both of us. I would have given any of my limbs and even my life if I thought I could save him.
After sending Bobby to the best treatment centers in the country and thousands upon thousands of dollars later, he never seemed to get any better. I was feeling hopeless that he could ever have a normal life or a future. I felt fearful, sad, inadequate as a mother, and depression had set in.
How we got to Foundation House is a mystery. I think God was just tired of my constant begging Him for mercy on Bobby’s behalf. After kicking him out of our home and sending him to Tampa for 3 years, I let him come home one weekend because I thought he was schizophrenic. I knew I needed to at least try to help him one more time. I explained to him he had one last shot of getting well and he would need to pick a place and stay there for several years. He randomly picked Maine??? I had never been there before and knew nothing about it, except, it was at the other end of the world.. and Maine lobster. (LOL)
After reading the web page for FH, we picked it. I must have read every detail on the website at least 10 times a day. I truly thought it was “too good to be true”. I loved the concept, “teaching the boys to live a sober life with money in their pocket.” Having fun sober, learning to exist with a cell phone, a computer, keeping things clean, cooking, supporting each other and mainly BUDGETS, navigating REAL life sober! I don’t think he had ever achieved any of that before.
Bobby liked the part, “FH is not a PROGRAM, it’s an opportunity.” He said he would refuse to go to another program.
I have to tell you that what you have done for Bobby has far exceeded my expectations. The transformation and maturity I’ve seen is nothing short of a miracle. I finally have my son back!
Each of you have played a huge roll in his success and growth. Although, he still has some more growing and moving forward to do, he is better now than he has been in 14 years.
I thank-you Patrick, for all the opportunities you have given Bobby, for believing in him enough to give him a chance to work. I thank you for your help in making it possible for him to stay there for almost 2 years. You have been generous with your time and financial help. I thank-you from the bottom of my heart, and know that without you, this transformation in Bobby would not have been possible.
I thank-you Woody, for your constant caring, helping, guiding, not putting up with his BS, teaching him to grow up and be the man he is meant to be, the man he likes to see in the mirror. Thank-you for the times you didn’t give up on him but redirected him to Four Circles, teaching him to budget, save money, (which is huge in itself). I see him more grateful than ever for what people do for him. I know you taught him to give back to the other boys and be a stand-up guy. You have gone above and beyond helping and guiding me on decisions that needed to be made. Thank-you, Thank-you!
Chris, I want to thank-you as well. Without the wilderness training and your help it would not have been possible for him to continue on. I thank-you for helping him work through his fear and rejection of going back to FH. You and Woody work so well together, like a well-oiled machine. I know Bobby grew through his experience At Four circles. He loved it there.
When Bobby was at Four Circles I had to write an impact letter to him. In the letter I told Bobby, while he was on drugs he had become the “beast” like the beast from “Beauty and the Beast”. Bobby had grown up like royalty, he was the heir apparent. He grew up in the best neighborhood, went to the best private college prep school, had a family that adored him, tons of wonderful friends who truly love him, was amazing at sports, and was written up every week in the paper for his football plays. He was accepted on a baseball team that most boys dreamed of being on. (none of his friends made the cut)
The prince had it all but, he fell under the spell of drugs. He bought into the lies, took the drugs and quickly became the isolated “beast”. He now lived a sad, lonely, life and gave up all the things he loved. Everyone was afraid of him, he lost it all.
Bobby needed to be rescued, as the story goes, he needed his enchanted helpers to draw him out of the drug induced isolation he was trapped in. Each of you were his enchanted helpers, encouraging, and helping him learn to change, and learn to once again love himself. To be the guy he would he would love to see in the mirror.
Thanks to all of you Bobby is happy and thriving. For the first time in years he has a relationship with his sisters. His family loves who he is becoming, he has good healthy relationships with family, and friends. He laughs again, he sees a bright and happy future ahead of him.
Thank-you, Thank-you, each of you, so very much for all that you have done to make this miracle possible. You are each enchanted to us and have made a dream come true. Your programs have not only given him the skills and a new way of thinking but, he now is able to help other people to achieve their full potential. This new found confidence is also giving him the skills to “hold himself to higher standards” This is truly amazing.
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2017
“Most importantly, I’ve never been happier.”
I wanted to let you guys know how I’m doing since I left Foundation House. My first semester back at UNC went fantastic. I made new friends, reconnected with old ones, and solidified my position back at North Carolina. I’m tapped into the A.A. community at school, and have a large network of sober friends to support me. I attend three meetings a week and recently hit 20 months of sobriety. I found a girlfriend who is funny, charming, and supportive.
Most importantly, I’ve never been happier. I feel whole, and that sensation of contentment is due in large part to the tireless work of you three, thoroughly and compassionately supporting me while I stayed at Foundation House. My whole worldview has shifted, and my obsession continues to remain absent. Love you guys dearly, and happy new year. Also, the braces finally came off!
Alumnus of Foundation House 2017
“Foundation House has been a blessing”
Foundation House is an awesome place and it has been the right program for my 19 year old son. When I first visited the website while searching for a transition facility for my son following his 70 days in wilderness therapy, I was drawn to the “foxhole” mentality. All I can say is that the “foxhole” is real and it has worked.
I believed that my son would have a much greater chance at sobriety if he was surrounded by like-minded young men and was able to develop a strong sober network. This is exactly what happened. Between 12-step work, group and individual therapy, participation in athletic activities, weekend camping trips and numerous other activities, my son has been part of an extremely well designed program to aid his recovery. Portland is a great New England town and Foundation House is walking distance to employment and education opportunities that my son has been able to utilize. There is also a very strong Foundation House alumni network in Portland if my son decides to stay in the area after leaving the program.
Foundation House has been a blessing. It has been the right placed for my son while the Family Workshop weekend and weekly family group calls have made it the right place for my wife and me. I could not give it a higher recommendation.
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2017
“We were in unchartered territory once again and all I can say is how fortunate I truly feel to have learned about Foundation House.”
Twenty-one months ago, our lives were rocked on a Sunday afternoon. Today we feel incredibly blessed and owe boundless gratitude to Foundation House. The story I could share – our family story; my son’s story; my story – is personal of course but would likely sound hauntingly familiar to others reading, possibly to you. The phone rings. Life spirals. The helplessness is so overwhelming it’s deafening.
Our son started his journey in a wilderness rehabilitation program 8 hours from home. I will never forget the pain of hugging him goodbye and driving away into the black night. A few months later, it was time to decide where our son would live as he began the recovery phase. We were in unchartered territory once again and all I can say is how fortunate I truly feel to have learned about Foundation House.
Foundation House is a community; a culture; a family. There are peers who befriend and confront you; staff who nurture and challenge you; and alumni who understand and guide you. Our son once said, “Patrick has cornered the market on recovery programs.” I believe that’s true. Our son was able to experience life in a different way – a healthy way, a sober way, and most importantly in a FUN way. He matured a great deal at Foundation House during his 9-month stay and became extremely close to several of the guys. In fact, six months after returning home, he asked for a plane ticket back to Maine and Foundation House so he could attend “group”, hang at The Foxhole, eat at his favorite neighborhood breakfast place, play ball at the gym, and likely walk the cobblestone streets that I feel sure helped ground him.
I asked my son today what comes to mind when he thinks about Foundation House. He immediately replied, “[It] helped me learn to live the life I was meant to and to enjoy the things I love in life again.” It seems to me that his words are the best testimonial of all. As his mother, I can share that recovery has certainly taught me to be present … to be where my feet are … and to ask for strength for my son and our family “just for today”. But if weren’t for Foundation House, I’m not sure we would have made it to this day. I’m the first to admit that everyone’s situation is different, but if you reading this, I wholeheartedly urge you to find out more – and I wish you strength for THIS day.
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2016
“If it hadn’t been for his experience at FH, I’m not certain he would be where he is today.”
When my son entered Foundation House last October, he’d been 2 months in intense rehab, a few weeks at another sober living community in Florida, and had just lost his father to a massive heart attack. He was only 19 and needless to say, I was worried about his emotional wellbeing as well as his sobriety and wanted him to be in a community where he could find support, companionship, guidance and the tools to help him move forward to a life he could be proud of. Foundation House provided all of that and then some. The team, as well as residents, were there for him every step of the way, and when he came home he had a confidence I hadn’t seen before. He’s been sober for over 13 months now, and is enrolled in college for the fall. If it hadn’t been for his experience at FH, I’m not certain he would be where he is today. Thank you, Patrick, Woody and the rest of the staff. It’s great to have my son back.
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2016-2017
“Gave him back his dignity”
After several attempts at rehabilitation, it became obvious to us that our son was very sick and needed more help than we could provide. We had heard about Foundation House and Patrick through friends at Al-Anon and convinced Rob to try life in Portland. The program gave him back his dignity and he was able to work on his recovery under the guidance of caring professionals who truly became part of his (and our) family. After 11 months in the program, Rob is now sharing an apartment in Portland with two FH buddies, and they are all part of the extended FH alumni family. We thank God every day that we found Foundation House. You gave us our son back!
Deb & Dom A.
Parents of Foundation House Resident 2012-13
“An amazing transformation of our son”
As parents, choosing Foundation House for our son was the best decision we ever made. The staff was committed 24hrs/7days to his recovery. Through the programs and activities, we witnessed an amazing transformation of our son from a life addicted to drugs, to a life of peace and contentment. This was nothing short of a miracle. As he moves on from Foundation House to the community, we find comfort and strength in knowing he is joining the hundreds of Foundation House Alumni and a shared camaraderie.
Brian & Joyce L.
Parents of Foundation House Resident 2012
“The counselors are amazing and have been a great help”
My son was a troubled teen and in need of a positive direction in his life when he came to Foundation House. He is a smart student and talented athlete who lost his way and became addicted to pain killers following two surgeries in one year from athletic injuries. He had simply lost his way and lost his motivation. When he entered Foundation House he immediately bonded with the other guys and felt welcome. The counselors are amazing and have been a great help and support system through his journey. He became involved in healthy activities such as hiking, flag football and softball. He opened up his mind to a whole new world and became more tolerant of others. He developed life-long friendships that were stronger than any other friendships that he had in the past. He also returned to college and is a top student. My husband and I are forever grateful for the guidance that Foundation House provided and feel so fortunate that our son participated in the program.
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2012
“Powerful community created by the staff”
Foundation House provided my son with just what he needed. He moved in following 2 months in wilderness therapy where he had reset himself both physically and spiritually. Then Foundation House experience perfectly supported his transition back into the realities of daily life and motivated his continued growth. What stood out most to me was the powerful community created by the staff. I sensed that my son felt safe, supported, and a part of something larger than himself. Foundation House community provided a priceless opportunity for my son to take charge of his life. Thank you!
Parent of Foundation House Resident 2012