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BB&T Spirit Award and Ceremony


Posted on September 26, 2011

 The Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center to Receive BB&T Spirit Award at Garden Dedication Ceremony
“We’re so grateful for the helping hands and giving hearts of BB&T employees, which made our garden possible.  And we’re pleased they’ve chosen The Foundry to receive the Spirit Award.”               — The Foundry Executive Director Bill Heintz
BESSEMER, Ala.—The Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center will dedicate the garden and landscaping completed on their grounds this past summer as part of BB&T’s annual Lighthouse Project. The event will be held Sept. 26 and begins at 2 p.m. at The Foundry Outreach Center in the garden at 608 Eighteenth Street Bessemer, AL 35020.
            This past June, 15 Foundry residents partnered with volunteers from BB&T to enhance an empty lot where families and residents of The Foundry’s Recovery and Re-Entry programs gather during visitation.  The lot also has picnic tables where area homeless often eat meals.  BB&T Lighthouse Project provided funding and helped install the new landscaping, which includes fragrant plants, flowers that attract butterflies and hummingbirds.  They also planted herbs The Foundry kitchen staff can use to enhance meals they prepare and serve through the ministry’s Recovery, Re-entry and Community Outreach programs.  And, the BB&T volunteers provided lawnmowers and other yard and garden equipment to assist the staff with upkeep.
The Lighthouse Project at The Foundry was selected by BB&T as one of five national Spirit Award winners because of the positive impact the garden will have on the lives of The Foundry residents and guests.  A prize of $5,000 will be presented to The Foundry during the ceremony.
            The BB&T Lighthouse Project encourages the company’s employees to go outside their offices and cubicles and lend a hand to those in need.  Since the program began in 2009, employees have donated nearly 150,000 hours of service, touching the lives of more than five million people in 25 states.
            “I am so proud of all the work the BB&T employees did to make our community a better place to be by partnering with The Foundry in carrying out its mission of helping men and women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction enjoy more beautiful and brighter days,” said Dontá Wilson, BB&T’s Alabama state president.
            “It’s been heartwarming to see our residents and guests enjoying the beauty of our new garden,” said The Foundry Executive replica cartier replica rolex replica rolex uk replica omega replica watches replica omega uk replica watches replica cartier Director Bill Heintz.  “Not only does it offer a special place for fellowship with one another, family members and friends, it also provides spiritual renewal as they feel closer to God in this relaxing and peaceful environment.  We’re so grateful for the helping hands and giving hearts of BB&T employees.  And we’re pleased they’ve chosen The Foundry to receive the Spirit Award!”
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            The Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center is currently celebrating 40 years of restoring hope and rebuilding the lives of the addicted, homeless and destitute.  In addition to its Recovery Program with locations on the main campus in Bessemer and Foundry Farm near Cullman, The Foundry also offers a Re-Entry Program for ex-inmates transitioning into society and provides a number of outreach services to struggling families and individuals within the Bessemer community, including the new Dental Center and The Foundry Medical Center.