Twelfth Step

Twelfth StepOur Twelfth Step – carrying the message – is the basic service that the AA Fellowship gives; this is our principle aim and the main reason for our existence. Therefore, AA is more than a set of principles; it is a society of alcoholics in action. We carry the message, else we ourselves can wither and those who haven’t been given the truth may die.
Bill W.

Twelve step work is front line work carrying the message to the still suffering alcoholic and their families. Those who do the work understand that they are saving lives; one drunk at a time. The mandate for the Twelve Step Committee is to ensure that there is always someone there when the alcoholic finally reaches out.

Requirements for Service

  • 1 year for phone lines and committee work.
  • 2 years for 12 steps and Greeter Captain.

We do this by offering a few options for service:

Phone Greeters

The phone lines at 234 are manned 24 hours a day. The office receives calls from everywhere asking for help and direction. Phone shifts are from 2-4 hours long and can be had as little as once a month to once a week; even more for the enthusiastic. There is also a spares list for those who just wish to fill in when we come up short.

Twelve Step Work

This is for those who want one on one contact with newcomers by speaking to them at length, meeting face to face and by getting them to their first meeting. Twelve steppers assist by sharing their experience, strength and hope, helping the newcomer to understand what the program is all about.

Buddy List

There are those who can’t get to a meeting; shut-ins. This is for those who are willing to take the time to carry the message over the wire.

Greeter Captain

We need people to make sure the phone lines are manned 7-24. When someone can’t make make a shift the Greeter Captain gets on the phone, using the spares list, to find a replacement on short notice. They also keep the lists current and
updated.

12 Step Committee

There’s always a need at the committee level to help keep things running smoothly.

Training

Offered the first Sunday of every month from 11am – 4pm. If you are interested in training we request that you RSVP. You can do this by calling the office at 416-487-5591 and get the trainers number, we can also be reached at – 12step@aatoronto.com

Who is responsible? – I am responsible when anyone anywhere reaches out for help I want the hand of AA always to be there and for that I am responsible.