A few months ago a friend asked me to come check out where she worked, The Pillars. Since my first visit, the center has been a weekly staple, and I’m hoping to go even more. It’s blessed my life and I want it to do the same for as many people as possible. Here are the top three amazing reasons I go to The Pillars:
1. Felecia Pullen
Felecia is the founder of The Pillars, and I was lucky enough to meet her on my first visit. Although it was clear she had stacks of paper to get through and important phone calls to make, she warmly invited my friend and me to chat with her in her office. Felecia is one of those people that really looks at you and listens with her whole heart. She is genuine, kind, and you can tell she’s been through blood sweat and tears to get where she’s at. Although I am not sure of her personal beliefs, while spending time with this beautiful woman I felt in the presence of God. She’s real and she’s raw and she hustles. I can’t imagine how many lives she has touched and now with the opening of The Pillars how many more will be added to that list. If there is anything her hand is in, I want to be a part of it. She’s as refreshing as they come so don’t be shy to stop and say hi.
2. The Space and Energy
When I walk into The Pillars I notice two things right away. One, the space is incredibly clean and well kept. I’m someone who notices these things and a clean bathroom and floors go a long way. Second, the energy in the facility is extremely serene, safe, and healing. The Pillars offers a variety of services, all with the goal of helping people to feel better. You know it’s a good sign when all you have to do is walk into a place and suddenly you can breathe a bit easier. All the various areas from the yoga room to computer workstation are brand new and gorgeous. If I know I’m going to The Pillars at night, I look forward to it the entire day.
The meeting that I have been attending at The Pillars is ACOA, or Adult Children of Alcoholics. I cannot say enough how much of a blessing this has been for me. Growing up in a household with alcohol and generational dysfunction, I have a lot of healing that needs to be done. Previously, I had tried Al-anon (a support and discussion group for the relatives of people suffering from alcoholism), and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) for support of my family trauma. Neither of those meetings really were a great fit for me, and they were scattered all over the city in places that didn’t personally feel safe for me. My first ACOA meeting at The Pillars brought me to tears. I learned so much about my life and my choices in one hour, I was truly touched. The fellowship was truly special, and I believe that stems from Felecia’s truly incredible place. People walk in and are welcomed with open arms. We can sit in a clean, safe, place and cry if we need to. This meeting is changing my life one week at a time.
If I had to describe The Pillars with one word it would be “healing.” The doors are open for you, free of charge, so I encourage you to check it out. It’s a special place- one that has changed my life and can do the same for you.
-Anonymous, PILLARS Member