Build­ing Be­gin­nings

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Deb­o­rah Good­man for Serve Daily

A year and a half ago, Span­ish Fork’s Brett Grif­fiths’ dream came true: to com­pletely turn on its head the way ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery is ad­dressed. In­stead of fo­cus­ing on in­sur­ance pay­outs or just one as­pect of re­cov­ery, Grif­fiths’ Provo non-profit, Build­ing Be­gin­nings, which he started in 2017 with Ryan Hy­mas, is us­ing a three- pronged ap­proach to ad­dress the real is­sues for a whole re­cov­ery. The three as­pects in­volve help­ing clients ob­tain em­ploy­ment in the con­struc­tion in­dus­try, treat­ment, and hous­ing. Grif­fiths says re­cov­ery is im­pos­si­ble if any of these three things are left un­ad­dressed.

Their goal is for peo­ple to be­come self-suf­fi­cient. “We’ve got to teach them how to be the best em­ploy­ees so they’re hirable,” Grif­fiths says.

They have had 600 peo­ple come through the pro­gram. Grif­fiths is proud of the good that has taken place. “We have a sixty-eight per­cent suc­cess rate of clients who have stayed sober for over a year.”

In­sur­ance com­pa­nies of­ten only pay for thirty days in ad­dic­tion re­cov­ery treat­ment. But no one re­cov­ers fully in thirty days. In con­trast, Build­ing Be­gin­nings is an up­lift­ing, tight-knit, prac­ti­cal re­source where ad­dicts can live, work, and heal to­gether.

One of the big­gest ways Build­ing Be­gin­nings as­sists their clients is through trans­porta­tion. They em­ploy four full- time driv­ers who work around the clock help­ing re­cov­er­ing ad­dicts get to and from work and treat­ment. “Many ad­dicts don’t have driver’s li­censes, so keep­ing a job and stay­ing con­sis­tent with treat­ment is hard if they don’t have rides,” Grif­fiths says.

Build­ing Be­gin­nings em­ploys four coun­selors and has an In­tense Out­pa­tient Pro­gram and a Gen­eral Out­pa­tient Pro­gram. The non-profit also pro­vides a va­ri­ety of hous­ing: fe­male sober liv­ing, male sober liv­ing, em­ployee hous­ing, and fam­ily liv­ing.

One of the es­sen­tial com­po­nents of true re­cov­ery is ser­vice. Build­ing Be­gin­nings of­ten tells their clients: “God doesn’t help those who help them­selves. God helps those who help oth­ers.” They are ac­tively en­gaged in com­mu­nity and graf­fiti clean- up.

The thing that takes the most time for Grif­fiths and Hy­mas is find­ing more re­mod­el­ing con­tracts and com­pa­nies to work for. But what­ever they are do­ing, their pas­sion for this work is clear. Their lat­est en­deavor is cre­at­ing a trade school within their pro­gram, which will al­low their clients to ob­tain a trade li­cense, open­ing many more em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The miss­ing piece, though, is com­mu­nity in­volve­ment. Build­ing Be­gin­nings sim­ply can­not ful­fill its long-term mis­sion with­out help. Do­na­tions are eas­ily and se­curely ac­cepted at their Web site, www.bbre­cov­ If you can’t do­nate money, stop by their Provo of­fice, 286 S. 600 E. Suite A, and drop off work boots, other con­struc­tion ap­parel, and ba­sic hy­giene items. Fur­ni­ture stores are in a unique po­si­tion to of­fer great help; by do­nat­ing fur­ni­ture floor sam­ples, Build­ing Be­gin­nings can fur­nish the hous­ing they pro­vide to their clients.

The Build­ing Be­gin­nings re­cov­ery team.

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