Elle Fortner, Care Coordinator and Alumnae Coordinator
Elle Fortner is an alumna of New Directions for Women, as she successfully graduated the program in 2018 and went on to become a successful mother and woman in sobriety. She joined our team after working for other local programs as both a Care Coordinator and Behavioral Technician, specializing in substance use disorder and co-occurring disorders. Elle is passionate about building a quality rapport with patients and sharing 12 Step knowledge. She believes in the importance of teamwork and the magic of one woman helping the next.
“As a woman who came to New Directions at the lowest point in my life I was scared, exhausted, and lacked any understanding of what recovery looked like. The Alumnae who came to campus could relate to me and showed me all that could be accomplished through the foundation I would soon build here at NDFW. Alumnae programs matter because after the hard work we as patients put in during our treatment stay, it is important to hold accountability and support through the New Directions Alumnae Network when we leave the campus. It is important to me that each graduating resident knows they have a safe place to connect with, anytime things get rocky during their transition back into every day life throughout their lifelong recovery journey.”
Elle believes Alumnae programs are vital, not only to stay connected to a fellowship of women but also to give what each of us found here at New Directions to the next woman who walks through the gates. This quote from the Big Book sums it up: “Among them you will build lifelong friends. You will be bound to them with new and wonderful ties, for you will escape disaster together and you will commence shoulder to shoulder your common journey. Then you will know what it means to give of yourself that others may survive and rediscover life. You will learn the full meaning of “Love thy neighbor as thy-self.” — The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous (A Vision For You Page 152-153)