“It’s cool to have an opportunity presented to you, to be able to help people out,” he said.
Steve Woodworth, 20, said he spent so much time causing others pain while he worked through his issues that it was time to give something back.
“Instead of being selfish, I am being selfless,” he said. “I want to do more, and I’m not asking for something in return.”
The young men visit LeBlanc’s workshop several times a week to work on the bins. The team will make 20 bins to deliver by the end of the month.
LeBlanc hopes to grow his business and continue helping those who are working to take a different path in life. That includes possible connections with Community Alliance for Teen Safety and The Upper Room. Talks with those organizations are still in the planning phase.
“I would love to start a diversion program for teens,” he said.
Sue Centner, CATS executive director, said what LeBlanc is doing is positive and meaningful. She said it was a pleasure meeting LeBlanc and hearing about what he had planned.
“CATS supports efforts in the community that provide resources for those who may be struggling with issues that pose challenges to their leading productive, safe and healthy lives,” Centner said.”
Spofford said the Granite House residents are learning a lot from LeBlanc, more than sanding and building wooden boxes.
“They love it,” he said. “They are learning a trade. While in recovery, they learn to be selfless. It’s a great thing what Frank is doing.”
For LeBlanc, woodworking is a blessing.
“There’s a certain sense of accomplishment and pride that keeps us going,” he said.