Substance use and trauma have deep roots in my family. From a young age I struggled to cope with life without using outside things to numb my feelings. This led to some very dark places and troubling times in my adult life. Fortunately, I found my way into recovery with the aid and support of many individuals who had been there too. They took my hand and showed me a better way to live was possible. Truly, without that kindness and support of people who believed in me when I did not believe in myself, I would not be here today. I have always had a strong internal desire to help people. This led me to many years of service to those with disabilities and mental health diagnoses. Now, finding myself at Working Fields, I continue that passion. Today, I am capable of being the voice that comforts and supports like I received so many years ago. Today, I strive to help those who struggle to find their footing. It is an honor to be in such a needed field. Too often people get stuck with a label and stigma when all they need is a chance to prove themselves. I feel privileged to be part of the process that helps people get their second chance.