“I was a drug addict in a residential treatment program and came to Catholic Charities in the Fall of 2016 looking for help. It was not an easy path to get there and 2015 was especially hard for me. My 25 year old son died in a motorcycle accident, my boyfriend left me when I enrolled in a treatment program, and I suffered a massive heart attack all in the same year.
With the support from another recovering addict, I enrolled in classes at Catholic Charities and I let my heart and mind be open to the possibilities. In two weeks, I learned basic computer skills and received job readiness training. In two months, I received a certificate for a job readiness course, passed the TAPE assessment test, passed 1 of 4 GED tests, and received a certificate of RADT (registered alcohol and drug technician).
I also started a Facebook support group for those grieving the loss of family members. Now less than one year later, I’ve completed 3 courses at Catholic Charities, obtained my GED, and am looking at taking actual college courses at Fresno City College. I’ve also landed a full time job and can only describe the past year in these simple words… Impossible to I’m possible.”