Without question, our country is experiencing an economic crisis of historic proportions. We realize many of our supporters are facing difficult challenges at this very moment. We empathize with these challenges as we have trouble as well. The serious nature of the recession should not be minimized.During such a crisis, however, opportunity often arises.

When an alcoholic hits their bottom, it often opens the door to a new way of life. We have similar opportunities with this economic crisis. Nobody knows if the world economy has yet to hit its bottom. We have faith, however, that no matter how difficult the situation becomes, out of any crisis can arise reasons for hope and the promise of real change.

Recently, much has been made in the media that the Chinese word “危機”, translated as “crisis“, is composed of two characters; one for “danger” and one for “opportunity”. Chinese calligraphers have long recognized that great difficulties are linked to great possibilities for growth.

Addicts in recovery experience this truth first-hand. When they relapse, some addicts experience horrible consequences of health, relationships, financial and spiritual. All addicts who relapse come face to face with the progressive nature of their disease. If the addict, however, embraces the program of the 12 Steps and takes direction, early recovery transforms into a path of freedom. Such a fundamental change is based on the willingness of the addict to follow the suggestions provided by the fellowship of the program.If an addict in early recovery open to receiving their experience, strength and hope of others in recovery, such an attitude tends to lead to wonderful, life changing new opportunities.

We can apply the lessons learned from the microcosm of recovery to the macrocosm of the current economic crisis and the challenges we now face. With the mortgage crisis in the banking sector, the resulting credit crunch and the freefall in world markets, there is little doubt (Let’s hope I am right must certainly be getting close to its bottom. The media is dominated today by fear-based stories of foreclosures and bankruptcy. In light of these facts, how can we not view the crisis except through the lens of danger?

At the 12 Angels, we believe this obvious danger also implies opportunity. As in early recovery, such opportunity only can be achieved through action. In the microfinance model, small loans during periods of difficulty to entrepreneurs in recovery truly can become a bridge to future prosperity. When a credit crunch dominates the markets, microfinance is an answer to the crisis. At the same time, hiring from the work pool of people in early recovery engenders gratitude and a willingness to excel from the employee. Nothing compares with being given an opportunity in the midst of a crisis. Taken together, such ingredients lead to a recipe for long-term success.

We know times are hard. We know that we all have fears and worries about the future of the economy and our own finances, but this is also a time of great opportunity for everyone to beyond the fear. We can help the people in recovery struggling to find a new way of life during this turbulent time. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation to the 12 Angels.

At this time, we need your support and your help to make our vision a reality. Every dollar given to the 12 Angels has gone and will go to create opportunities for people in recovery. We understand that finding money to contribute is a challenge in the midst of such a crisis. The microfinance model of the 12 Angels, however, means a little can go a long way towards helping an entrepreneur establish a business and provide jobs. Every penny given is used wisely through the implementation of business experience and technical expertise. Even in a time of crisis, precise and measured investment can overcome the danger and create true opportunities.

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