‘Trust is much more valuable than $900’


Brad Reese, Haven House resident, with Billy Fox, director of ministry development.

Kristiana Scott | The Sun
Published: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at 04:53 PM.

When substance abuse blurs the line between right and wrong, it’s easy to let your life spin out of control. But for one 28-year-old from New Orleans , he decided to take control back.

“I was working in the service industry where drug and alcohol abuse runs rampant,” said Brad Reese. “I was unhappy and not living up to my potential, and knew I needed outside help.”

Brad is two months into the substance abuse recovery program at the Haven House in Santa Rosa Beach , and already feels like a new man.

“I want to take full advantage of this opportunity,” Brad said. “It’s a daily grind — you have to bring a good attitude to every situation and work hard everyday. You get out of this what you put in.”

And Brad has been working hard. Just recently, while working at the Haven House thrift shop (one of the duties of Haven House residents), he was sorting through a box of old books and found a book on tape stuffed with cash — nine one-hundred dollar bills to be exact.

“Before, who knows what I would’ve done,” Brad said. “My addiction lifestyle always took advantage whenever possible. But now, my heart is in the right place — I wanted to do the right thing. I want to earn the trust of my program leaders. Trust is more valuable than 900-dollars.”

 Brad quickly called the thrift shop manager to turn in the money, and began digging through the box for clues of the owner. Finding a business card, Brad was able to contact the owner and return the money — a gesture that did not go unnoticed.

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