Lighthouse helps recovering addicts with community work - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Lighthouse helps recovering addicts with community work

Posted: Feb 01, 2018 6:12 PM Updated:

(GREAT FALLS) Lighthouse Community Partners is a non-profit group that brings in addicts who are on the road to recovery and puts them to work.

“If you want to help yourself, help somebody else out,” said John Gass, the director and program founder.

Lighthouse has workers who supervise the former addicts while they are on the job.

Gass said the goal of the program is to give the former addicts hope, and a chance to build up a good work ethic, and show future employers they can be good employees.

“We are not as much concerned about a person’s past as we are for their future they need to start somewhere,” Gass said. “People are being released from addiction treatment or anything else like that they are going to be in our community. We want to make sure that when they go and re enter the community that they are a qualified - not just a qualified employee, but also a good employee.”

Program participants must have either finished an addiction program of at least 12 months or be near completion. Other vocations include auto detailing, yard maintenance, and cleaning.

The organizations's website includes this overview: 

We are a small non-profit organization that helps former drug and alcohol addicts and those recently released from the prison system gain real on-the-job experience that they can use as a stepping stone to future employment.

Our clients are paid a salary while being trained to perform their job. They are instilled with values that all employers expect such as: arrive at work on time, respect your employer and your co-workers, never be afraid to ask questions, clean up after yourself, finish your work in a timely manner. We apply an equal weight on strong life skills such as: keeping a healthy work and personal life balance, eating right, exercise, taking time to relax and recharge. And finally, we encourage our clients to participate in community volunteer work to get them involved with and to become part of our community.

If you want to donate to the organization or learn more about it, head on over to their website, or if you need your driveway or parking lot shoveled call 406-452-5298.

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