I wasn’t originally accepted into New Freedom.
I had to pass a UA first and although I hadn’t used, the drugs were still in my system for one reason or another and I was referred to a higher level of care. The struggle to find help is very real but I did everything I possibly could to move forward regardless of the circumstances. I earned my spot at New Freedom and was grateful when I got the chance to walk through those doors. Now that I was a member, I understood the fight was not over as I have always battled with myself more than anything else. The connection I was searching for outside of myself had to be earned.
I discovered New Freedom had a vocational training program in commercial painting, and I immediately jumped on that. One day, I was wandering the halls outside of class searching for an AA group, not yet understanding the Power behind the PON meeting. I stumbled into a small meeting called PON Discussion with Brian Reinhart and Wayne Giles. There I found my sponsor Brian who happened to work in media at New Freedom. I had no idea, but this was all God working in my life. I dove deep into the painting curriculum. I was hired on by John M., PHP (vocational facilitator) and I enjoyed helping others learn painting. I started a Facebook group called Friends of New Freedom and I had some talent sharing media. This caught the eye of my sponsor Brian and he offered me an internship in the media department.