After twenty-five years of being a non-profit fundraiser, a job that became tedious and predictable I took a giant leap of faith by focusing on becoming what has become my dream job.
Finding myself between fundraising jobs, I networked myself into volunteering at a county jail with newly incarcerated women. Originally pitched as a writing workshop it morphed into something else entirely, giving me the opportunity to learn so many things about these women, a world completely unlike my own. What became clear is that an enormous percentage of these women were addicts and incarcerated for drug-related crimes. The 2-years I spent in front of these women on a weekly basis, lead me to need to know more about this insidious disease.
Now, as a substance abuse counselor to a revolving door of thirty men in a residential recovery program every day has become a teaching experience, often marred by tragedy, and sometimes filled with hope.