By Erica Thomas, managing editor
TRUSSVILLE — The painful process of overcoming addiction will be made a little easier for some in Alabama, thanks to a new addition at a recovery center founded in the name of a Trussville native.
Will Bright Foundation celebrated a groundbreaking for a new residential hall at Restoration Springs, in Fayette, Alabama. The hall should be completed sometime in the Fall of 2021.
Trussville City Councilor Lisa Bright is the Founder and CEO of Will Bright Foundation. In the name of her son, she and her husband Bill have been working for years to help bring addicts out of a dark place.
Will Bright was only 25-years-old when he lost his life to a heroin overdose. The Brights said he completed rehab but had nowhere to go to get a fresh start after trying to overcome his addiction. That is what inspired the Brights to find ways to help others.
“When you feel unworthy, drugs are an easy fix,” the Brights said on the foundation’s website. “You are always one decision away from disaster. If you don’t have God in your heart and something here on earth that gives you some sense of value, life is not worth staying clean.”
Will Bright Foundation and Restoration Springs offer more than a traditional recovery center. The foundation provides the next step men in recovery need including housing, counseling, job readiness training and job placement. As the men in the program learn to live again, they are also given the opportunity to give back to the community while growing spiritually.
While fundraising is a continuous necessity to keep Will Bright Foundation operating, the land where the recovery center is located was given to the foundation by Lillian Kirkley. Kirkley donated a 126-acre farm to help others. According to the organization’s website, the farm has three cabins, a stocked fish pond, and a picnic pavilion.
You can read more about Will Bright Foundation at www.willbrightfoundation.com. You can also donate or learn about volunteer opportunities by clicking here.