Melissa is a 37 year old woman recovering from addiction. She is thankful for the Serenity House program, as well as Women's Leadership Council (WLC) for helping her get her life back on track and where she needs to be for her children and family, as well as her community.
Melissa has been in the Serenity House program for eight months. She still attends AA and NA meetings every single day as well as regularly communicates with her sponsor and shares her story with others. "I have chores around the house that I do every day as well. Now I am senior house resident and I have a few extra tasks that are required of me to do, like paperwork and make sure that the other girls do what's required of them." She shared.
She has played an integral role in United Way's WLC events. She says, "I think that the WLC and the Serenity House events are very helpful to me and the rest of the girls at the house because it shows us that we can become part of our community again and shows us some leadership skills."
"The events that I have participated in have shown me that I can be compassionate and enjoy having good times with others while being sober. I have really liked the events and I really enjoyed the parade; I loved walking alongside the bison and passing out bubbles to all the little kids."
"I am currently 8 months sober. I have started to rebuild family life with my children and parents. Once I leave Serenity House I will be getting a place of my own. At that point, I will start the process of getting my children back with me full time. As each new day comes I look forward to the new adventures I will face in this life sober."