Community recovery outreach

My community has, in the past, had other options for those looking to correct addictive behaviors other than  strictly having to rely on 12 step programs.  There have been options that work spiritually and those that look at the attempt at recovery in a more scientific direction.  The spiritual direction of 12 step programs is well represented in Mankato, however, the more scientific approach is lacking.

     SMART Recovery is a scientific approach to the problem of succumbing to addictive behaviors.  Addictive behaviors does not automatically mean substance abuse (Alcoholism or drug addiction).  Addictive behaviors can include such things as gambling, overeating, self abuse and many others.  These things can all have an impact on a community and its people.  SMART is an acronym for Self Management And Recovery Training and can be used either by itself or as a complimentary approach to traditional 12 step programs.  I believe it is a needed addition  to help people in the Mankato area.  You can learn more about this program at .

     I have enrolled in educational classes in order to start SMART Recovery meetings here in the Mankato area and plan to have at least two meetings established in November of this year.  In order to meet that goal, I need your help.  

     Some of the funds I am trying to raise will be used to establish a small office in order to keep records and schedule volunteers.  A small portion of the funds will also go toward creating awareness of the group and educate the community on the value of having access to such a program.  Much of the promotion will be free and will just require a fair amount of footwork but some does entail a cost.

     I am committed to establish this service to the community and want to ensure that it becomes a well run and permanent resource.  Your contributions are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.  Thank you.
  • Jacob Birkholz 
    • $300 
    • 30 mos
  • Ermias Asfaw 
    • $225 
    • 35 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 35 mos
  • Kjirsten Mickesh 
    • $25 
    • 35 mos
  • Betsy Olson 
    • $50 
    • 35 mos
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Steve Kind 
Mankato, MN
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