From the April 2013 magazine.

April 2013: Connected at the Hacienda

AA came to the rescue in Mexico. Now it was time to return the favor

A few years ago, my AA meeting’s secretary made an announcement about a service that needed volunteers, called Bridging the Gap. It matches AA members up with newcomers just getting out of detox centers, treatment facilities or jails, and then takes them to AA meetings in their home community. I had never heard of it before and asked the secretary for more information; she gave me a phone number to call.

It sounded like a great service, and the concept really struck a chord with me on a very personal level, because I remember being newly sober and being so afraid to go to a new meeting by myself.

-- Mary Lou M.

San Rafael, California

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