NORTHSIDE MAN

SEPTEMBER Northside Man: Edward Bailey

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Edward Bailey, wife Jennifer, and daughters Falyn and Farrah.
By CANDY WAYLOCK
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Northside Man: Edward Bailey, executive director, No Longer Bound
City of residence: Cumming
Hometown: Gainesville
Family: Wife, Jennifer; daughters Falyn and Farrah
Community Connections:  Selected to attend Harvard Business School for Strategic Perspective for Non-Profit Management; Recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle in 2016 in the “Forty Under Forty” class; “Top 40 Under 40” by North Atlanta Business Post; graduate of 2015 Leadership Forsyth; member of Rotary Club of North Forsyth, Forsyth County Drug Awareness Council and North Point Community Church.

Edward Bailey is not only the executive director of No Longer Bound, he is also a former client, and one of hundreds of success stories. Founded in 1991 in Cumming, NLB is a faith-based, 12-month residential program for adult men with drug and alcohol addiction. The program is effective: approximately 70 percent of men will leave NLB free of their addiction and ready for a second chance at life. NLB is primarily self-sustaining through revenue earned from four industries: NLB Furniture – custom farmhouse furniture and other home décor; NLB Studios – full service print, graphics and web design studio; NLB Thrift – two upscale thrift stores in Cumming and Woodstock; and NLB Cars4Recovery – accepting donations of all types of vehicles for resale. The remainder of the operational budget is raised through fundraising. For more info, please visit:  www.nolongerbound.com

How did your involvement with No Longer Bound begin?
I was homeschooled and came from a two-parent, loving Christian home. A restless, reckless and rebellious spirit led me to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Before I knew it, I had a full-blown addiction to meth. Thankfully, my family found help for me at No Longer Bound, which I believe saved my life.  I entered the program on July 21, 2004, ultimately finding hope and healing, which transformed into a mission and a call for me to help save those impacted by addiction.

You remained in the area after your treatment ended. What keeps you here?
I’ve chosen to remain here for many reasons… we have an amazing philanthropic community in metro Atlanta, a growing and vibrant economy, great churches and non-profits that do incredible good throughout our area. There are also outstanding schools, which has moved to the top of my list because I have two young daughters and a lovely wife, Jennifer, who works as an assistant principle. They are my heart and my world. I’ve found a true sense of community in Cumming…and I couldn’t imagine living any other place.

How has the opioid crisis impacted No Longer Bound?
The mission of NLB remains the same: rescuing addicts, regenerating men and reconciling families. What has changed is the deadliness of the drugs that we are now dealing with. Heroin and synthetic opioids have changed the trajectory of addiction because it has become so deadly for those using these drugs. Every day, 142 people die in the U.S. from opioid overdoses. This equates to a loss of life equal to the 9/11 attacks every three weeks. We, as a country, have to do something. At NLB, we are now operating with more of a sense of urgency — people simply aren’t getting second, third or fourth chances anymore. People are dying from addiction at pandemic levels.  It’s really so tragic and what keeps me up at night.  

What does NLB need to be successful?
As a staff, we cannot do it alone; it requires the support of the community. Our organization is based on a servant leader model. For those who answer “addiction” to the question of, “What breaks your heart?” our ministry is an amazing place to plug in and serve. We literally are saving lives, and you can physically see it happening daily in the 40 men who are here now, and the approximate 1,200 who were here before them.  So while we do have amazing support, with the current opioid crisis, the need is becoming increasingly greater for a program like ours. Financial resources will always be our greatest need. If addiction is breaking someone’s heart, I’d love to personally talk to them to see how we might be able to get them plugged in to give and serve at No Longer Bound. 

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