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June 3, 2010

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June 3, 2010

As a 30 year addict, I really had no desire to listen to what any counselor or probation officer had to say to me. When I arrived at Winr and found that even all the staff members were in recovery, I was completely surprised. I was able to look around me at women in different stages of their own recovery and see what the possiblities for my own life really were. That was a first for me. I was so impressed by the strength and passion of the staff, who not only told me what I could do different in my life, they showed me, by doing it themselves. Don't get me wrong, this is not an easy program and if you aren't ready to take responsiblity for your own recovery, this may not be the place for you, but if you are ready to focus on what you can do, and not what others can do for you, then I strongly recommend this program. I beleive that because residents are required to work and pay their own way, while maintaining an active program of recovery they are better prepared for what the real world is like when they leave. I have been lucky enough to maintain relationships with many of the women I went through the program with, and these women are just phenominal. This is a fantastic recovery program, and the fact that there aren't more of them across the nation is just a shame.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't beleive I would make any changes as the program already evolves to meet the needs of the recovery community in the area. I just wish there were more like it.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The chance to work with other women new in recovery, to help them along their journey, and watching them grow. Being a part of something truly miraculous.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Strong women in recovery who I wanted to be like.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Perhpas it could open more facilities across the nation.

Ways to make it better...

If I had not fought it in the beginning, it would have been easier, but I think I had to go through that rough patch to learn to appreciate my experiences there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Owning up to your own "stuff", taking responsiblilty for your own recovery, job search, & learning to live with so many women.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to Women in New Recovery and thank youto all the women there who touched my life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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