Reformers Unanimous International Founder Dies

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MACHESNEY PARK (WIFR) -- Steven Boyd Curington, age 45 of Machesney Park, Illinois passed away, October 30th, 2010. He was born October 1, 1965 in Rockford, Illinois to the late Delmar Curington and Carol Ann Curington.

Steve graduated from North Love Christian School in 1984. After a 10-year bout with addiction, Steve found complete sobriety through his relationship with God. After his recovery, Steve began Reformers Unanimous, a faith-based addiction ministry, in 1996. What started as a humble, Friday night addiction class with four regular attendees in Rockford, Illinois, quickly exploded into a class of more than 300 people from throughout the community.

As word spread, others began inquiring how to bring this program to their community. Soon a national organization was quickly launched, and shortly after that, an International arm was born. Today, there are more than 750 chapters throughout the nation and twelve foreign countries.

Since its inception, RUI has worked to improve the quality of life for communities worldwide by providing an array of services for those suffering from the effects of addictions. Each week, these “chapters” serve an average of 32,000 people who are affected by addictions, and incorporate the help of over 5,000 volunteers.

This program has been shown not only improves the individual’s prospects for personal achievement, but it also contributes to the long-term stability and safety of each community it serves. Of the students who attend the weekly “outpatient” classes and complete the program, 70% of them experience ongoing sobriety. Steve leaves behind a legacy of tens of thousands of lives touched through this program.

Survivors are his wife, Lori Curington of Machesney Park; daughters, Charity and Cherish Curington, and sons Chase, Channing, and Chance Curington; his Mother, Carol Ann Curington of Machesney Park.; brothers Rob Curington of Orange, California, Barry Curington of Machesney Park, and Dan Curington of Machesney Park.

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