We are honored to feature this video testimonial from Susan M., an alumna of New Directions for Women. Susan has stayed involved with us since she went through our program and demonstrates her generosity and passion every day. She is frequently volunteers her time during our special events, and is always willing to give of her time, talent, and treasure to help New Directions for Women continue the life-changing work we do.
“Hi. My name is Susan, and I’m an alumna of New Directions for Women and I arrived at New Directions in 1992; September, 1992. And when I arrived, there were a lot of young girls outside and I thought, “Oh my gosh; I’m too old to do this. I don’t know if I want to stay. I don’t know if I need this.” So I thought, “Well, you know, I need to give this a try.”
So I came in, I admitted myself – I was admitted. I stayed 30 days and, while I was here, there was a little thing that stood on my shoulders and told me that, as long as I do everything that I’m doing right here at New Directions, that everything outside will be okay. And that’s when I realized that I needed to do what was suggested for me by the therapist and the counselors at New Directions.
I stuck around after I left New Directions after 30 days and I volunteered. I drove the women to meetings. I would file. I would help babysit. I would do whatever it took to stick around to New Directions for Women.
After about three and a half years of sobriety, I was hired at New Directions as a Care Coordinator and I’m a Care Coordinator as of today, still. And I love my work and I love helping the women every day with their problems and helping them stay clean and sober one day at a time. And I truly believe that I was meant to be an alcoholic and a drug addict so I could help women stay sober one day at a time.”