Circle of Life Breakfast 2019

Raising Funds for Addiction Treatment Scholarships for Women

Circle of Life Breakfast at New Directions for Women

Every year, we are proud to bring together Orange County community members to the Circle of Life Breakfast fundraiser. Our goal is to raise partial scholarship funds so that women and their families can stay in treatment long enough for the miracle of recovery to occur. It helps them get through the door and helps them stay for the clinically recommended length of time. We have transformed the lives of over 5,000 women and children since 1977, and this fundraiser and the investors who attended, will allow us to provide care to many more women this year.

Guests enjoyed hearing from Executive Director Sue Bright and Foundation Executive Director Tania Bhattacharyya, and most importantly, getting an update on the life-changing work we’ve been blessed to take part in over the past year. The Breakfast was dedicated to the amazing life of Faith Fayman Strong, who truly lived up to her name. Faith was involved at NDFW since the very beginning, and helped shape the organization into what it is today.

Those in attendance at our event, held at the Balboa Bay Resort, attracted over 400 philanthropists, medical and behavioral health professionals, alumnae, and community members to learn about the life changing services NDFW provides to women, pregnant women, women with children, and mature women seeking drug and alcohol rehab in Orange County. This gathering not only raises money, but reduces the stigma still associated with addiction and mental health. The Breakfast is held according to the Benevon Model, so that many of the first-time guests last year hosted tables this year, introducing brand new friends to the organization who will get involved in any way they feel good about. Opportunities for involvement include babysitting in the daycare, cooking in the kitchen, providing fitness classes to our women, and more.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience, as guests heard from our courageous testimonial speakers Brittany and Miles, who shared their stories of family recovery. The statistics show that the vast majority (if not everyone) of the audience members have loved someone, and quite possibly struggled themselves, with the devastating effects of substance use disorder. Our speakers bravely shared about the wreckage addiction brought into their life, the courageous steps they took to recover, and the miraculous life they live today – inspiring hope in countless others. When women heal, families heal, and the generational cycle of addiction is broken.

Circle of Life Breakfast 2018

Raising Funds for Addiction Treatment Scholarships for Women

We are so humbled by the success of our recent Circle of Life Breakfast fundraiser, which raised critical funds for the Pamela Wilder Scholarship Fund. We have transformed the lives of thousands of women and children since 1977, and this fundraiser and the investors who attended, will allow us to provide care to many more women this year.

This annual fundraiser and friendraiser, held at the Balboa Bay Resort, attracted over 300 philanthropists, medical and behavioral health professionals, alumnae, and community members to learn about the life changing work NDFW has done with women, pregnant women, and women with children seeking drug and alcohol rehab in Orange County. This gathering not only raises money, but reduces the stigma still associated with addiction and mental health.

As we mentioned in our invitation to our guests: If it takes a village to raise a child, it certainly takes our entire community to transform the lives of the women and families who seek recovery at New Directions for Women. Research shows that women develop addictions more quickly than men do (a phenomenon known as telescoping), and it physically impacts them more intensely. Because of this, they need longer treatment stays. Being able to provide partial scholarships is so important, so that the women and children we serve can experience the miracle of recovery, by staying in treatment for the extent and duration of time they need to physically, emotionally, and spiritually get well.

Guests enjoyed meeting our incoming Executive Director Sue Bright in person, saying hello to Becky Flood who joined us as a Board Member for this event, and most importantly, getting an update on the life-changing work we’ve been blessed to take part in over the past year. Addiction is a disease that affects children just as much as it does their mothers. As we listened to our three courageous speakers share their journeys from addiction to family recovery, we were all filled with gratitude. Our investors’ contributions and support will help the next three families that suffer from the disease of substance use disorder, but will transform their lives with hard work, dedication, and the tools they will learn at New Directions. We serve women who need treatment andneed to be with their children, but should not have to make the difficult choice between recovery and family.

The Orange County register recently profiled our Breakfast.

Please enjoy the following videos, which highlight our speakers as they share their stories.