A few days ago, I traveled downtown to take a tour of the Recovery Empowerment Network office. I brought Joe, Owner and General Manager of Caring Spirits with me. Joe is a techy for-profit guy, and I'm more of a gritty non-profit dude... but we've become close friends since we teamed-up, and our programs natural complement the other. More and more our work is becoming a perfect blending of private and public sector collaboration, even though I operate both types. I love experimentation... totally into it.
But its more than that. I think we tend to develop a bond with the folks we fight in common cause with. Our friendship is a living manifestation of the wisdom of Solomon, who said: "As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another." I've seen God working in this pattern throughout my life.
Anyway, I got much more than out of the experience than I was expecting. I was educated on a whole array of services that I didn't know existed. I realized too, as a business operator, that their programs are really an extension of MMIC. If you think about it, their services make sense from an insurance perspective because they promote holistic health, recovery and well-being, with the ultimate effect of reducing to amount of medical insurance paid out to their members.
I gladly accepted the invite to do a community presentation the 3rd week of March. More collaboration to follow.