December Beneficiary of the Month
Congratulations to our December Beneficiary of the month, Kyle McKenna!
Before coming to The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center (ARC), Kyle was a hard working mechanic, who drank hard and had a tendency to get into physical altercations. Kyle admits that he got himself into some trouble and that this influenced his decision to enter the program. Getting into trouble also gave him a desire to change because he realized that his life had become unmanageable.
Part of the program at the (ARC) is to complete 40 hours of work therapy per week and Kyle's work therapy assignment was working on the docks. As part of the responsibilities of a dock worker, Kyle helped load and unload trucks, move furniture and other large items from the warehouse to the store and move gaylords of donated items from the docks to different departments of the warehouse. Although this is hard work, Kyle expressed he liked doing it because it kept him busy all day.
The recovery process is a lifelong journey, but we like to ask beneficiaries what kind of progress they feel they've made since coming to the ARC. For Kyle, he feels that staying sober for 5 months is great progress and a big step in the right direction. He also explained that he has learned to take life one day at a time while keeping a humble outlook.
"I've learned to take things one day at a time and to be humble . . . I encourage others to do the same."
It is said that, in recovery, anything you place ahead of your sobriety you will end up loosing. When Kyle graduates, he is making sobriety his number one priority so that he can keep what he has earned and continue to move forward. He also expressed his readiness to get back into the work force and start earning an income.
Congratulations, once more, to Mister Kyle McKenna! We are proud of the awesome progress that he has made during his time at the ARC and are excited to see where the future leads him!