Ray Galindo, a Modesto man devoted to living a better life was hit and killed by an alleged drunk driver. Friends of Ray Galindo say the tragic irony is Galindo was leaving an 12 Step Recovery Progam.
Ray Galindo was a proud member of the 12 Step Recovery Progam for the past 15 years of his life. He chaired meetings, encouraged others and was a guiding light for people new to the program. It wasn’t his regular meeting, but on Thursday, April 23, Galindo attended a meeting outside of Living Sober Fellowship to support a newcomer. He was talking to that newcomer after the meeting, sitting on the tailgate of his parked pickup, when an alleged drunk driver swerved off the road and hit him, according to Modesto Police. As Galindo, 58, lay on the ground, one of his fellow meeting attendees “held his hand ... to give him the same respect,” said friend Dee Gisler. Galindo was later pronounced dead at a hospital. Gisler and other of Galidno’s friends described him as a generous, thoughtful man. He leaves behind two adult sons, as well as 9-year-old son. “Ray didn’t have much but what he had he gave freely and was blessed to do so,” Gisler said. “Every time you asked him how he was doing it was always the same, ‘I am blessed.’” “When I first got into sobriety, if I needed him, if I needed food or help or a hug, Ray was the go to guy,” said friend Sheila Butler. “He’s helped many young people come into the room (for the 12 Step Recovery Program). He’s bought them tennis shoes, clothes, whatever they need.” “The first thing that Ray would want us to do is pray for this man; he would want that man to get some help,” Butler said.
This charity is set up in the honor and legacy of Ray Galindo to support other families who are dealing with similar circumstances, sobriety and recovery.
Valley Recovery Resources in Modesto is a nonprofit organization.
Mission: To provide services through clean and sober living facilities to allow individuals and their families seeking recovery to live a drug-free and productive future.
Programs: To provide services through clean and sober living facilities to allow individuals and their families seeing recovery to live a drug-free and productive future.