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Tucked away in a quiet, pastoral setting in Spanish Fort, The Shoulder opens its doors to adult men who are struggling with substance abuse. It is the only certified residential program in Baldwin County, capable of housing up to twenty. It offers treatment on a sliding scale based on one’s ability to pay.
The Shoulder also offers outpatient services to both men and women in facilities located in Spanish Fort and Foley. And the agency gives presentations on substance abuse to community civic groups.
The executive director is himself a recovering alcoholic. A former corporate pilot, David Brown was sitting in the metro jail over twenty years ago when an anonymous donor arranged for him to move into The Shoulder for treatment. Almost two years ago, he was given the reins of the organization which provides therapeutic sessions and coordinates with other agencies to provide GED courses and recreational activities to its clients to get them back on their feet. He is committed to ensuring that these services are available to the next individual as they were for him.
At United Way, we’re always looking for ways to measure success. There’s no greater measure of success than to have one of your clients become one of your leaders.