From Lauretta M., who spearheaded the LifeRing presence at the Pride event in San Francisco June 27 (see advance post here):
Thanks all, I have been so busy I haven’t had a chance to properly thank people that helped. Wesley helped set up. Njon, Rand, Mary hung out with me. Lynn, and Ernie helped wrap out.
Marty and my friend Eva gave me graphics help. Robert expedited paperwork.
Thanks everyone! I would say it was a success. It wouldn’t have happened without you all.
People came by in fairly steady intervals. We estimated people stopped every 7-8 minutes or so. This included people from other programs, counselors, and the curious, and clearly some folks in the contemplative phase.
My favorite thing was to see people staring at the banner from about 20ft away. Some eventually sidled up for a brochure. Seeds of sobriety were planted.
Happy to hear about our new Sacramento friend. I remember talking to him. He talked of his frustration with another program and was so happy to see us. He said, “No prayers, right?!…okay!”
We didn’t have to do any selling of our organization. We tended to let people have the room to just ask, and found that to be the best thing.