Founders Path is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose members have overcome alcoholism, drug addiction, and other forms of spiritual sickness. Many of our members were formerly homeless outcasts. We bring our recovered members together with those in our community still suffering from spiritual sickness to share our experience, strength, and hope through very affordable spiritual retreats and by assisting them in their daily struggles through a program of sponsorship and mentoring.
We believe these ills can be conquered by developing and maintaining a relationship with God. We accomplish this by the practice of spiritual principles common to all denominations. We invite anyone to participate and speak at our retreats to show others how they worship, pray, and serve God. He can solve all our problems. Our staff includes certified alcohol and drug counselors, ministers, clergy, and others who work in homeless shelters for men, women, and veterans.
What Do Founders Path Weekends Consist of?
Founders Path retreats consist of weekends at St. Leonard’s Retreat Center in Avon, Ohio. We anticipate scheduling three or four such events annually. Retreats run from Friday afternoon, 5PM until noon on Sunday. Between those hours we schedule six or seven AA Big Book based lectures, a session on relapse prevention and another on building and maintaining a personal relationship with God. Saturday night features an actual AA meeting on campus with a lead speaker, followed by a reverse raffle and short skits put on by attendees. There are several hours of free time to be spent as attendees wish. In addition to stimulating the mind and soul, we also provide for five regular meals and a generous supply of snacks.
All considered, it is a good opportunity for those with a desire to leave their old life behind and learn some basic principles for starting a new and rewarding life free of drugs and alcohol.