Harold: He found what was missing, at Hope

Article by United Way of Central Indiana

"I missed being with young people."

That simple fact set the stage for Harold Grundy’s decision to reinvent himself after 31 years of teaching and coaching.

In retirement, Harold found himself "with an abundance of time on my hands." But another, less concrete factor was his sense that "I was missing something in my own recovery."

After five years of recovery, Harold decided that missing "something" was helping others. That decision put him at the door of Fairbanks, first serving men’s groups at the treatment and recovery center, and then students at Hope Academy, the high school for young people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction.

On the first day of the new school year, WTHR’s Andrea Morehead interviewed Harold for her station’s Sept. 6 United Way segment spotlighting inspiring education volunteers. It will air during a station break of the 7:30 p.m. program that Tuesday.

In the story photographed by Steve Rhodes, you’ll hear Harold describe how his experience as a personal mentor and tutor helps young people regain the confidence they need for academic success and sobriety.

Without recovery support to stay sober, students with addictions will likely drop out of school, face years of incarceration or die from the disease, research indicates.

By discovering what was missing in his own life, Harold is helping more kids stay on track to graduate, at Hope.

–Mary Kinney, public/media relations director, United Way of Central Indiana