Date: Saturday March 18, 2017
Location: St. Margaret’s Church, 141 North Hickory Ave, Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Food, DJ, Door Prizes
Winner Need Not Be Present
Raffle Ticket – $5
Samsung 50-inch LED 1080 HDTV Dolby Sound Smart TV
Samsung 2.1 130 RMS Sound Bar Bluetooth & Smart TV Enabled with Wireless Subwoofer Samsung Streaming Wi-Fi Smart Enabled Blu-Ray Player & Dolby Sound
Drawing will be held at the event
Donated by Mann House
The Mann House Annual Open Golf Benefit Outing will take place on Monday, May 22nd, 2017 at Winter’s Run in Bel Air, MD. Registration can now be completed online or by mailing Mann House Golf form.
Tournament & Course Details
- Cost per player: $125.00
- Registration: 8:00 am
- Driving Range & Putting Green Open: 8:00 am
- Shotgun Start: 9:00 am
- Awards & Luncheon to Follow End of Play
Every Player Receives:
- Captain’s Choice Format (Single Best Ball on Each Shot)
- Shared Golf Cart
- Complimentary refreshments on-course
- Mulligans – 3 for $20
- 50/50 Raffle for $10
Awards and Prizes
- Individual Play
- Individual Longest Drives (Men & Women)
- Closest to the Pin
- 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place Teams
Please help the Mann House by becoming one of our valued sponsors this year!
- Gold Sponsorship ($2,000) – One foursome in the tournament, 2 Large sponsor signs, 1 tee-box on the green and 4 tickets to luncheon
- Silver Sponsorship ($1,000) – 1 large sponsor sign on the course and 4 tickets to luncheon
- Bronze Sponsorship ($500) – tee-box sign on the course and 4 tickets to luncheon
- Patron ($250) – Tee-box sign on the course and 2 tickets to luncheon
- Tee-Box Sponsorship ($100) – Each receives a tee-box sign on the course.
For More Information, call:
Chuck Milanicz: 410-218-7362
Pat Gleeson: 703-980-4634
Tony Amey: 410-879-7619
This event has been sold out.
My name is Michael Murray and I am the current senior resident of the Mann House. I am currently in my sixth month of an eight month journey here in the house. The foundation built here will continue to be built upon block by block, nail by nail, for as long as God allows. I am blessed to have been able to come to the Mann House and as I look back to my first day, I can see how far I have traveled down the path of proper living.
I have learned many life skills and spiritual lessons in my stay. The first is the power of a group of people with direction. I have been shown how to work as a team to accomplish large scale tasks during our nightly chores and Sunday’s gratitude work around the house. I have learned that ups and downs are a normal part of life and that I can grow through the downs and enjoy the ups. The earth is not flat, there are mountains and valleys. So is it in life. I have learned to be honest with myself and others. If I make a mistake, I own up to it and accept the consequences. I don’t have to cover up my imperfections; I have to expose them so they can be dealt with. I have learned the importance of discipline. I used to do what I felt like doing.
Now, I exert effort into doing what is right, regardless if I feel like doing it. I see the importance of journaling, as it is a review of the day that shows me what I need to change. I have learned compassion and that my experience can help others inside this house, in AA, and also in the community. I have learned to set and meet goals. I used give myself away in order to please others so they may accept me. Now, as long as I am true to the Lord and myself, it’s okay if people don’t accept me. Sometimes rejection means that I am doing the right thing. To sum up my experience, I have learned that I have a lot to learn and it will always be that way.
I came to the Mann House the weekend of July 4, 2005 after spending 28 days in a treatment center. The circumstances that led me to inpatient treatment and a recovery house for chronic alcoholics were much the same circumstances that lead most people like me to seek help. I absolutely loved to drink alcohol, and at the end, I also loved heroin.
I fell in love with alcohol in my late teens. For me, the drink was a very important social lubricant. I couldn’t function in social situations without drinking. I spent my early twenties working in a bar. I fell in love with the bar scene almost immediately. I made a lot of money and the social awkwardness that plagued me during my teens melted away. I met a lot of people in the bar that were involved with prescription drugs, and I began to use those in addition to the drink. My addiction progressed and during the last two years of my active alcoholism, I became an everyday opiate addict, resorting to the needle at the very end.
When I showed up to the Mann House I was 30 days sober, scared and the social awkwardness had returned in full force. The company of my housemates in early recovery offered me some relief, but I was still very apprehensive. I was fortunate to get plugged into Alcoholics Anonymous pretty early on in my sobriety and further, to get plugged in with people in A.A. who were active in service work, and ambitious about helping other Alcoholics. I got a sponsor who pushed me through the steps and within a short time I began to feel at home at the Mann House and the obsession to drink and shoot heroin had been lifted.
For me the Mann House provided a great home in those precarious early months of sobriety. It provided me with a strong base from which to get plugged into AA and find recovery. And that is exactly what happened. Through working the twelve steps I developed a relationship with a God of my understanding that solved my problem. I made amends for my past wrongs, began carrying the message of A.A. to the best of my ability, and trying to practice those principles that I learned as a result of going through the steps.
Today my life is not at all what I would have ever expected it to be. As a result of practicing the twelve steps, I have been able to repair damaged relationships with my family and become a better member of that family. Sobriety has also afforded me the opportunity to go back to school and in two weeks I will be graduating from Towson University. I inherited the ambition to help people from my sponsor and have found a job which will put that ambition to work; teaching social studies, beginning next fall, in inner-city Baltimore. The greatest thing about my life today is that I do not have to drink or shoot heroin. Sobriety for me used to mean restlessness, irritability and discontentedness. I was never able to stay sober nor did I really want to. As a result of the actions I have taken in A.A., I not only have found sobriety, but I have found happy contented sobriety, which I never thought was possible.
When I got to the Mann House on October 1st, 2008, I was a fried, broken, maladjusted almost 50 year old baby inside a man’s body. As it is written in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, “I was in full flight from reality” and my friend Mike Kirby says “I wasn’t coming in for a landing anytime soon.”
One of the requirements for me to reside at the house was to keep a daily feelings journal. My director and counselor, Greg Haywood, told me that keeping a journal would help me to track my feelings and my growth in recovery. So, every morning I’d get up between 5:00 and 5:30 am, sit in the dining room, and begin to write events and feelings from my previous day. I would also log what meeting I attended and the number of days I had been in the Mann House.
Today, I have been living out of the house for one year. I still journal every day. I can reflect back for the last 20 months where I was and compare it to where I am today in my recovery. In other words, I can track my growth. Over the years, I believe the Mann House has both helped and saved the lives of many men. I am one of them. When I arrived at 14 Williams Street in 2008, no institution or human being was willing to take the risk of housing me, except the Mann House. And for that, I will always be grateful.
Mann House Alumni
Being the manager at the Mann House for the last year has provided an opportunity for me to give back what was freely given to me. It has also created a wonderful growth spurt in my own recovery. I was given the gift of this house in the mid 90’s and I believe my continued sobriety is attributed to that gift. I was provided and environment that allowed recovery to become second nature and was taught what it means to live life on life’s terms. Now, I have the pleasure of watching that same principle unfold in the lives of men that have also been given the gift of this house. I have only my Higher Power to thank for the miracles that unfold before my eyes and for that I will be forever grateful.
Arriving at the Mann House July of 09 I was a scared, hopeless, lost boy with no future. When I walked through the door I heard things like “NO” you need to change ….get a sponsor, get a home group, put your hand out. I heard nothing I wanted to hear …immediately I knew I was in the right place, because no one in my life has ever told me what do. Right from the beginning they introduced me to A.A. The taught me how to live life with discipline through structure. I was immediately taught things like make your bed, clean up after your self, and how to find a job. They also taught me how to Identify my feelings through writing in a journal which was a task for me because I didn’t feel or even know how to show emotion.
The Mann House was just what I needed in my life …. I learned how to become a man, because I was finally willing to let go of my ways and learn from someone who has walked in my shoes. I remember sitting in the office interviewing with the manager and director ….the only thing I heard was “your not going to continue in your field of work, your here to work on recovery …. not work on making money”. Today I know it was just what I needed to hear.
After staying in the house 9 days I was employed, I gained hope, and had a conscious that was eating me alive. For the first time in my life I got honest and went to speak with the director about a court case I was facing. Reflecting back I know it was God speaking for me. I told him I needed to turn myself in and I didn’t want to loose my bed here. In the few days I was there I took everything in that I learned and kept doing it while incarcerated for 2 months. Upon being released September 3rd the manager drove 2 1/2 hours to pick me up….all I had to do was ask for help and he was right there. The Mann House kept my spot here (actually they made room for me) and it’s the best thing that has happened to me in my life up until this point. As a resident for 6 months I received 1 on 1 counseling, 2 group sessions a week, structure, the true meaning of a rule, and most importantly how to live life on life’s terms. The Mann House helped me change from a hopeless, broken kid to a productive member of society along with giving me the chance to be a father, son, friend, and active member of the AA fellowship.
10 months into my journey of recovery I am proud to say not only am I alumni of the Mann House, I have been blessed to be employed there as House Cook. In this position I have been able to continue my growing process and really take the time to look at myself. I wake up everyday looking forward to providing meals to the residents and watching them turn their corner. Helping the new residents has given me so much gratitude that I thank God everyday, because it allows me to give back on a daily basis what was so freely given to me. As I pray each day and I will continue …1 thank God for the Mann House.
Harford County’s Aegis Newspaper featured the Mann House in an article about our choice to remain a chemical-free household for addiction recovery.
Bel Air’s Mann House, a private, nonprofit recovery house for men who are alcoholics and drug addicts, has remained chemical-free for 38 years and plans to remain that way, even though the decision resulted in the loss of $90,000 in state funding.
Last year, the Maryland Drug and Alcohol Abuse Administration, through the Harford County Health Department, told the Mann House Board of Directors it would pull $90,000 in annual funding unless the house opened its doors to men who were on maintenance drugs, such as methadone and buprenorphine, which are used as part of drug addiction detoxification. “We’d receive funding for many years. Every year we sign a contract and there’s a condition of award,” Greg Haywood, director of the Mann House, said. Last year, the state introduced a new stipulation, which would require the Mann House to accept clients.
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