“Somehow, by the grace of God, I found my way to Fairbanks.”

January 28th, 2020


There are many reasons for supporting the mission of Fairbanks. For some, it’s just one of many worthwhile charitable causes. But for others, such as one Indiana business owner, it’s a heartfelt way of giving back, a repayment for the gift of sobriety after a dark period of substance abuse.

“Somehow, by the grace of God, I found my way to Fairbanks.”

The 80s were notorious as a decade fueled by drugs such as cocaine, and Tim (not his real name) ran with a crowd who encouraged his self-described compulsive personality, one that eventually led to a more than $3000-per-week habit. The merry-go-round stopped when Tim found himself in a jail cell for a week after an encounter with police.

“I had come to resolve that I was in deep [expletive],” Tim recalls. “I was in way over my head relative to my substance abuse and my life was a wreck. I recognized that I needed to escape the environment I was in and the people in my immediate circles. Somehow, by the grace of God, I found my way to Fairbanks.”

Pondering different ways to make a difference.

More than three decades later, Tim can look back on being given nothing less than a new life. The years after addiction have included a happy marriage, successful adult children, and, at last count, 11 grandchildren. “There’s a lot of reasons I shouldn’t be around today, but I am, and I feel very blessed,” says Tim.

Nearing retirement after running several successful businesses, Tim had found himself pondering the best ways to make the most of what he leaves behind. “It goes back to why I am sitting here so fortunate to worry about this,” he explains. “And for me, it was being able to find recovery, sobriety, abstinence, and the sanity to be able to carry on and come to this point. Since Fairbanks was where I got myself turned around and off the suicidal path of active addiction, including it as part of my estate plan was a very worthy consideration.”

Tim also supports Fairbanks on an annual basis. “Sometimes I think it’s never enough, but I do what I can, and I try to stay consistent in it,” he notes. Whether one chooses to make an individual gift or support Fairbanks as part of a long-term legacy, Tim feels its important to give back to the causes that make a difference is peoples’ lives. “At the end of the day you don’t take it to your grave,” he believes. You’ve got to make plans for what you leave behind, and I think it would be well-served at Fairbanks.”

“Especially today, I feel obligated to support Fairbanks.”

Tim realizes that even though times have changed in many respects, the need for places like Fairbanks is as essential as ever. According to Tim, “Fairbanks is an entity that has been around for a long time and serves a purpose that’s impossible to put into words. Especially today with all of the opioid issues, I feel obligated to include and support Fairbanks in my giving.”

Fairbanks gave Tim the gift of a new start. Is it any wonder he works to share that gift with others?  “I feel blessed that neither my children nor my wife nor my grandchildren knew me as the individual that I was prior to finding recovery because I was not a pretty sight, and I don’t think I could have had a relationship with them. By all practical means, I should have never survived. But by the grace of God as my Higher Power, I did, and my fellow recovering addicts and the Fairbanks facility and staff played a big part in that.”

As one of the oldest freestanding nonprofit alcohol and drug treatment centers in the country, Fairbanks relies on support from people like Tim—and you—to help us fulfill our vision and mission. To find out more about the ways you can include Fairbanks in your giving, whether as one-time, annual or sustained gifts, email Mariann Williams at mwilliams@fairbankscd.org or call 317-572-9391,