–by Sylvania AdVantage Staff
PUBLICATION DATE: 09.13.16
Lifelong Sylvania resident and Racing for Recovery™ founder Todd Crandell, LPCC, LCDCIII, and his team of volunteers recently completed a move of their headquarters to the 16,000-square-foot building at 6202 Trust Dr. in Holland.
“This is a miracle and a real dream come true. This building is an answer to my prayers, what I have been hoping and praying would happen for the past 15 years,” Crandell reported. “We owe all of this to the generosity of so many, particularly Sarah Bates, the staff at Craig Transportation, and Sherwin Williams who donated all of the paint, along with the support of so many others.”
With the motto “With Sobriety, All Things are Possible,” the multi-faceted empowerment group, Racing for Recovery, offers professional counseling services, support meetings, athletic events and now, much more. “The new space provides us room for intensive out-patient services, counseling, support group meetings and much more. We will be able to implement several new components to the Racing for Recovery programming including nutrition, physical, spiritual and additional life changing programs that are part of the recovery process,” Crandell stated.
In addition to several offices and a large, well-equipped boardroom, there is a commercial kitchen, a medically oriented room, and a mock courtroom that were already in place. All of these amenities will be used to help those in recovery simulate real life situations that can help them to find jobs and adjust to a sober lifestyle.
Crandell envisions several other specific areas including a spiritual room for prayer and/or meditation, a workout room, a room for dress-for-success programs, a computer room where Racing for Recovery participants can work on obtaining their GEDs, do job research, or create resumes, along with small individual study rooms. Another large room has been designated as the retail store, where all of the wearables, books, movies, cups, tote bags and much more are on display and ready for sale.
“There is a full projection system and we look forward to hosting movie nights for the whole family. We want this to be a center where those in recovery can find a safe and comfortable environment for themselves and their families,” Crandell said.
He added, “This is how I have always envisioned Racing for Recovery to develop. And now, thanks to so many people, this will happen.”
Currently, Racing for Recovery meetings are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. A Tuesday meeting is held at the Zepf Center at 7 p.m. Volunteer Debbie Lewis said she anticipates that morning and mid-afternoon meetings will be added to accommodate the schedules of all of those who are looking to overcome addiction issues.
Racing for Recovery™ is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people from all walks of life prevent and overcome addiction. “Racing for Recovery has saved thousands of lives and many are local residents who are now successful in their own ways: working, going back to school, gaining spirituality, healing strained family relationships, getting physically active and giving back to their community,” Crandell said.
Racing for Recovery’s 15th annual 5k and 10k Run/Walk on the campus of Lourdes University will be held Oct. 30. “It is amazing and heartwarming to see how this event has grown over the years,” Crandell reported.
In addition to Racing for Recovery, Crandell has dedicated his personal and professional life to helping those with substance abuse re-channel their destructive behaviors into positive, life-affirming behavior. Crandell’s 13-year struggle with alcohol and drugs nearly destroyed his life, devastating relationships with family and friends and shattering a promising professional hockey career. Through his recovery, Crandell concentrated on physical fitness and found a positive outlet for his once negative energy, transforming him into a first-class athlete competing in endurance contests around the world.
Clean and sober since 1993, he has applied his energy to pursue participating in an Ironman™ triathlon: a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run. Crandell ran his first triathlon in 1999 and has completed 27 full-length Ironman triathlons across the world and plans to compete in his 28th in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sept. 25. In 2008, he was competed in the Ultraman™ Hawaii triathlon, which is a three-day test of endurance, consisting of 6.2 miles of swimming and 90 miles of biking on day one, 171.2 miles of biking on day two and 52.4 miles of running on day three.
Crandell has chronicled his mental and physical journeys in his books “From Addict to Ironman” (2006) and “There is More than One Way to Get to Cleveland” (2013), as well as in the documentaries “Addict” (2003) and “Running with Demons” (2012).