My name is Evan Francis, a recovering alcoholic, husband, grateful son, proud uncle, and a saved-by-grace believer in Jesus Christ.
I'm flawed, and I'll always be flawed, but through the grace of my Lord and Savior, and the individuals and operations of the recovery community here in Oklahoma, my short existence has transformed from a young man without purpose, low self-worth, and dependence upon alcohol to a man focused on being better to the world around me and helping others who know no other way of life than dependence upon mind-altering substances.
I don't believe a book will ever be written to tell my story, I wasn't abandoned by my family, I was never forced to life on the streets, and I've never really wanted for anything...but that makes no difference to addiction. Alcohol slowly and progressively took over my life in early adulthood and before I truly realized it, I couldn't function or feel normal without it. It's a dire, sad, and lonely existence. In early 2019, after multiple job terminations, DUIs, and broken relationships, my options were prison or treatment for substance abuse. After being admitted to Rob's Ranch and bawling as my brother drove away, it didn't take long for God to grab hold of me, in a way I've never felt, and say I HAVE MORE FOR YOU.
Powered by perseverance in never allowing the struggles I face today bring me back to my former self, my road through recovery continues to bring new life. All credit and testament is due to our almighty God, Rob's Ranch, the Pellow House, Alcoholics Anonymous, my incredible family, and others who took the time to show me a better way.
However, this isn't the case for all those aiming to turn his or her life around. Recovery from addiction, although transformative, can be an uphill road and not everyone has the support which was so graciously given to me.
Now don't get me wrong, my sobriety and continued road to recovery has required much personal work (as it will for all who embark on this journey). But due to the never-ending emotional and financial support of my family, all external obstacles in re-building my life through the initial stages of recovery were removed so that I could focus on myself.
And that's what Francis Hope Foundation strives to pay forward!
Please help me in helping our men and women navigate obstacles in recovery.
Together, we can spread support and hope to our fellow citizens who are making positive efforts toward a better way of life.
Thank you for visiting and God bless,