“In March 2015, I sat by myself in a room accepting the fact that, most likely, I was going to die. I was alone and broken. The morals and values that I had deemed unacceptable had, at some point, became acceptable to me. I had little to no contact with my family. I was incapable of being a good father and was unemployable. I blamed everyone else and could not see that my own actions were killing me. That night, I picked up the phone and called a detox facility. They gave me a bed, thus, started my journey."
We hope to help as many people as possible who suffer from addiction and eventually open a 12-step treatment facility in Massachusetts.
December 9th, 2017
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The Dennis Messing Memorial Foundation is dedicated to providing families and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance use disorders with support, resources, and financial aid to access 12-step based treatment facilities.
It’s important to us to be as clear about what we do as the help we provide persons in need. This list details a majority of our recent initiatives and information to find 12-step based programs.
The Dennis Messing Memorial Foundation was founded in 2015 and officially became a public charity (501c3) in 2016. A 100% volunteer and grassroots organization, the mission is simple. We are dedicated to providing families and individuals struggling with alcohol and substance abuse disorders with support, resources and financial aid so that they are given the opportunity to attend 12 step treatment facilities. Heroin abuse in the U.S. has catapulted into an epidemic and Boston has not come out unscathed. After losing a family member and a close friend from overdose and addiction, I realized that I could not attend another funeral and I needed to take action.
In 2015, a close friend was back in treatment after years of struggling, however, had no access to a 12 step treatment facility. He truly wanted help, so with his permission, I started a GoFundMe campaign and raised over $2,000 in a few days. Upon talking about the finances needed to enter these facilities, my friend Kim offered to write a check from an existing fund that was set up in memory of her late husband, Dennis Messing. This small act of kindness and generosity is what created the Dennis Messing Memorial Foundation (DMMF).
In the first two years of our existence, we have helped over 30 individuals to get the help that they so desperately need. In December of 2016, we launched DMMF KIDS which provides assistance for the many children that are left behind. Financial aid is available for activities such as camp and sports and simple necessities like school supplies and car seats.
Amy H Busch