Cameron Mitchell Restaurants is helping to launch the Columbus Chapter of Ben’s Friends, a food and beverage industry support group.
The Columbus chapter will meet weekly on Sundays at 11 a.m. (First meeting September 15) at Cameron’s American Bistro, 2185 West Dublin-Granville Road, Worthington
Ben’s Friends is the food and beverage industry support group offering hope, fellowship, and a path forward to professionals who struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Six cities currently host local chapters; the new Columbus chapter will be the seventh location for the organization.
The Columbus, Ohio, chapter will serve local food and beverage workers through weekly support group meetings. The group will meet Sundays at 11 a.m. at Cameron’s American Bistro, which has been provided by Cameron Mitchell Restaurants (CMR) as the chapter’s ongoing host location.
Founded in 2016 in honor of Ben Murray, a lifelong chef who took his own life after struggling with alcoholism for years, Ben’s Friends exists to provide a safe haven and an anonymous, judgment-free forum for workers in an industry that has one of the highest rates of substance abuse in the country.
Ben’s Friends models acceptance and gratitude, and though unaffiliated with either AA or NA, shares an important commonality: the only thing participants need to bring through the door is a desire to stop drinking or using. Weekly meetings offer a safe and constructive haven for those grappling with and maintaining sobriety.