My family was going on a trip and usually our neighbor would give us a ride to the airport. This time our neighbor told me she would be working but her partner - who is a recovering alcoholic and the center of a lot of past drama in her life - would be happy to help us.
I mentioned this to my family and they were a bit hesitant. I didn't have to hear the words to know they were wondering - should we ask someone else? We don't really want him driving us, do we? Is he really ok now?
But I realized that this was an opportunity to show my friend that we trusted her partner, and an opportunity to make him feel like he was doing something good! So I explained to my family that allowing him to drive us to the airport would be like giving a gift to our neighbour - and they agreed!
He had plenty of stories to tell so the journey to the airport was relaxed and fun. We all thanked him profusely when we reached the airport and we brought him back a little token from our trip.
I see him making progress every day now. Having never been around anyone with this challenge, meeting him has been an inspiration to me! And hopefully has also shown my family that people can change, and that it's important to reach out to someone whom others might ignore.