"My goal is to visit each of the 119 Salvation Army ARCs throughout the USA."
Like many children of alcoholics, Monte Twilley experienced his first drink as a young teenager while living with his parents and five young siblings on Maryland’s Eastern Shore during the late 1960s.
One summer afternoon, while emptying the garbage, he began rummaging through two rusty trash containers located in his back yard. Liquor bottles left over from his parent’s “weekend get-together” had begun spilling over onto the ground. After careful scrutiny, Monte found a near empty liquor bottle. He quickly unscrewed the cap and placed the bottle to his lips.
That incident would soon set wheels in motion for what he calls a “roller coaster lifestyle” full of difficulties and disappointments. It would also establish a venue for a 30-year bout with alcohol and illicit drugs.
With a diehard passion for encouraging others to live a victorious life, Monte has since enhanced the lives of thousands of men and women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Monte is an alumnus of The Salvation Army Baltimore Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC) and is a Past Chairman of its Advisory Council. Arriving to the ARC on March, 13, 1997, Monte remained in the program for 2 ½ years.
In February 2004, Monte formed The Twilley Group, a communications firm specializing in promoting nonprofits and newly-formed small businesses as well as providing public speaking training and motivational seminars for high schools, universities, corporations and organizations.
In August 2005, and again in 2010 Monte was given an opportunity to share his story at Salvation Army Conference in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. In January 2006, he led efforts to coordinate the Baltimore Center’s first alumni reunion for program graduates. In March 2011, Monte spoke to Salvation Army youth at a weekend retreat in West Virginia and in May of that same year, he was the keynote speaker at a Maryland Drug Court graduation ceremony in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.
On December 12, 2012, Monte hosted, "Motivate Me 12-12-12", a two-hour motivational speaking event that showcased 12 remarkable people who shared inspiring life stories. The theme: “It’s Time to Overcome”, focused on adversities such as chemical addiction, child molestation, financial hardship, and other life challenges.
In the summer of 2009, through The Twilley Group, Monte launched his It’s About Time Tour ™ in hopes of inspiring others to follow their dreams and achieve their goals no matter where in life they find themselves. On July 7, 2017, Monté hosted #TheRelaunch 7-7-17, a one-hour LIVE streaming event to officially relaunch the tour. In addition to his plans to inspire Salvation Army program beneficiaries at ARCs nationwide, Monte also plans to inspire the world 🌎 to reach its fullest potential, and to leave a legacy for the next generation to build upon. That essentially is his mantra.
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