The Will Bright Foundation started as a grass roots organization originally called "The Bearded Brotherhood" in the fall of 2008, through a conversation of residents in a local recovery program. All the men were sharing with each other how thankful they were that they had found recovery from addiction. Will Bright was one of these men.

Each of them realized that someone else had helped them reach this point of recovery in their life. They decided they wanted to help other people find the same joy, peace and freedom from addiction that they all now shared.

They started raising money to pay the fees for new residents to enter the Foundry recovery program in Bessemer, Alabama by growing their beards out. This inevitably drawing the question, "What is the beard for?", which lead to the early days of what is now the Will Bright Foundation. 

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The original "Bearded Brotherhood".

Originally the goal of the "Bearded Brotherhood" was simply to pay the entry fees for rehab for people in need.

When Will Bright relapsed and died of a heroin overdose in 2012, the focus shifted toward filling a need for a secondary form of rehab, which we will call "The Will Bright House", so maybe others can recover and lead successful lives.

The establishment of the Will Bright House will function as a secondary step for candidates who have successfully completed a primary recovery program.  We strive to fill a gap that can occur when people try to transition from recovery, back to every day life situations.

This is the most difficult and trying time for a new graduate of a program.  The ease and temptation of slipping into old habits sometimes proves too strong, when there is no structure, emotional support, or job prospects.

The Will Bright House will provide faith based structure, accountability, and career training to help ensure that each candidate can have every opportunity to succeed.

The Will Bright Foundation has helped, since it's creation, fund "scholarships", or entry fees, for worthy candidates in a faith based recovery/rehab program, such as The Foundry in Bessemer.  Part of our mission is to dedicate part of our yearly budget to pay for scholarships. Since 2013 we have paid entry fees for 9 people.

Over the years the Will Bright Foundation has seen many victories and many changes. Since it's grass roots inception in the fall of 2008, the Will Bright Foundation was incorporated in the summer of 2013 as a 501(c)(3) non profit entity.