The money is used only to maintain the facilities. This includes regular expenses like utilities, A/C, maintenance, insurance, as well as unplanned expenses such as roof repair, carpet replacement, or any other unexpected expense. As we all know, expenses each year such as utilities and insurance are constantly on the rise.
Why does ESRF charge groups so much?duaneg2021-07-25T07:29:58+00:00
In 2010 ESRF received $30,000 in rent from groups that meet at Common Ground yet had about $33,000 in expenses to maintain the facilities. The shortfall of $2,600 had to be made up from ESRF members and benefactors. In addition, ESRF tries to maintain a prudent reserve to take care of emergency expenses and long term upgrades to the facilities such as carpet replacement, increase in insurance premiums, and other unexpected expenses.
(Update as this figure is 11 years old)
Couldn’t my group find another place to meet such as a group that wouldn’t make us pay to meet?duaneg2021-07-25T07:30:43+00:00
In general, recognized 12-step groups interpret the 7th Tradition. “Every group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions,” to mean that “free rent” is an outside contribution.
Why should I become a member of ESRF?duaneg2021-07-25T07:31:52+00:00
Probably the greatest reason to join is to help insure that in the future anyone in need of a recovery group will have a place to meet.
Further, your membership goes a long way to help keep the “rent” paid by recovery groups as low as possible while at the same time keeping the facilities at Common Ground in good shape. All membership donations benefit individuals in recovery regardless of their ability to pay and are tax deductible. Several thousand outpatient 12 step recovery meetings are held annually making ESRF the largest not for profit charitable provider of outpatient recovery on the Eastern Shore, in Baldwin County and the greater South Alabama area.
ESRF members can also help by voting for or becoming ESRF Board Members and can help with various volunteer projects.
Who actually manages ESRF?duaneg2021-07-25T07:32:16+00:00