4D Recovery Spotlight:
An Interview with 4D’s Founder Winstion Murray
Recovery isn’t something that “just happens,” it is usually the result of hard work, hope, and community. Today, we honor a hard working community-driven person in recovery who’s passion helped create an organization providing hope to young people with addiction.
This interview intends to show other young people in early recovery that in-spite of popular belief: People with addiction do recover, and when they do, they are capable of amazing things. We feel that Winston Murray’s life is a perfect example of that and, that is why Our Executive Director, who was recruited to us by Winston in 2014, sat down and interviewed him.
1) Explain how you got sober?
It wasn’t until I found a group of people in which I could relate to that I was able to sustain long-term sobriety. Ultimately there were a series of unfortunate but inevitable events that led me to this point.
Once I found other individuals whom I could identify with I was able to string together 1,2,3 months which led to a year and beyond of long-term sobriety. Seeing and creating a support system of people who have gone through or are going through similar challenges makes it easier to reach personal goals including sobriety.
2) What drove you to not just start 4D, but see it through?
I found a network of like-minded individuals who were all getting sober at a relatively young age. I quickly realized there was nowhere — that was alcohol and drug-free — for us to hang other than 12 Step Meetings. I mean, 12-Step Meetings are great, but what do you do in-between them? It was and still is surprising to me that this is the case. Providing young people facing addiction with immediate recovery support seems like a no-brainer.
Through a previous employer, while working construction, I found a space in which my immediate group of sober peers was able to occupy on the weekends. This space was a crucial and instrumental part of the 4D’s beginning and success. The dusty ol’ warehouse was just brick and mortar, but over the course of one year, we witnessed hundreds of people showing up to “kick it.” We quickly realized that there was a demand for an organization which offered a safe and fun environment for young people in sobriety.
As more and more people outside my immediate peer-group pour to the ol’ building, our mission materialized, and a non-profit was born. Starting an organization like this took a lot of blood sweat and tears, but the demand was always there, so it was never an option not to succeed.
3) How did you get into real estate and when did you start your own business?
I got into real estate in 2012 while the market was recovering. I worked under two high-profile agents for four years. During this time was when we started 4D. My day shift was real estate and my night shift was 4D. I spent the first five years at 4D as a founder, executive director and everything in between as a volunteer. What I got out of it was immeasurable.
I started my own Real estate company once in knew that 4D could function on its own without me. It came at a time when I was ready and motivated to make sure my real-estate business was a success, applying all that I had learned over the previous years.
4) How do the values of recovery relate to your business practices?
The principles of community, philanthropy, and service I learned while building 4D became the bedrock of my real estate company. Very simply: My values are rooted in supporting other people. By doing so, we can indeed focus on the clients wants, needs, concerns, and goals. Concentrate on helping that person and forgetting about the rest makes it easy to listen and identify where they need our support the most; this also allows us to educate our clients and make sure that they come out of the home buying or selling process successfully.
5) Why do you continue to support 4D mission?
4D will always be a huge part of my life. It was one of the most educational experiences I will ever get. I get so much joy out of watching something I helped create thrive and save lives. 4D has been welcomed with open arms by the immediate and surrounding recovery communities in addition to the City of Portland, Multnomah County, and the State. I’m excited to help support 4D to get to a point where other states can enjoy the unique services 4D offers.
I will continue supporting non-profits and any efforts to try and make the world a better place both in business and in my personal life.