From Addiction to Recovery to Job to Career

Encouragement from Participants

Hope came to RVM in 2013. She was homeless, struggling with an addiction to heroin and in financial crisis. When Hope started participating in RVM’s training program, she was unsure she could succeed and could not picture a plan for herself. After several years of addiction, incarceration, relapse, homelessness, family challenges, and shattered dreams it was almost impossible for her to see a road to success. However, she knew she needed transformation and she was willing to put in the effort. Hope was a person ripe with potential and yet wounded from deep failures.

From the beginning, Hope worked to incorporate every opportunity and new strategy. Hope began investing in her education and completed an Associate Degree in Human Services at Gateway Technical College. She then got her first career path job as a Mental Health Technician at the SAIL Program in Racine and then as a Program Coordinator for the Hope Council on Alcohol & Other Drugs in Kenosha. Hope then enrolled at Carthage College and with the help of a competitive scholarship earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Carthage College. You first heard about Hope in 2016 when she was a part time employee and a junior in college, but she has continued to soar!

She is now in a Masters program at George Williams College. In 2019, Hope was hired as a reentry case manager at RVM! She came to us homeless, with little direction, and now she is joyfully working in her chosen career and deeply engaged in her personal development. We are proud of Hope and her commitment to living a transforming life!