HPOG Success Story: Amy at Action for a Better Community

Publication Date: May 25, 2021

Rochester, NY


It’s never too late to embark on a new journey towards a better life

Amy is no stranger to struggle. Over the past thirty years she fought a long, painful battle with alcoholism and dependency. She struggled with homelessness, battled cancer, and at her lowest point, was incarcerated for four years. Her life lacked stability, purpose and direction. Having lost everything at the age of 50, she needed to confront the harmful patterns in her life. “I had to break down every inch of my soul to find the strength to dig into the very roots of my self-destruction,” she recalls. She knew the road to recovery and self-realization would not be an easy one, but she was determined and excited to begin the journey.

Living in a shelter after her release, Amy resolved to overcome the barriers that were holding her back. She wanted to make a difference by giving back to the community, and help others avoid the self-destructive path she herself once tread. During this time, Amy discovered Action for a Better Community, Inc. Visit disclaimer page and their ROC-HPOG program. All too familiar with denial and set-back, Amy’s expectations were low. Still, she held onto her desire for a better life. To her surprise and delight, Amy was accepted into her treatment group on November 20, 2018. Enheartened and excited for what was to come, Amy was hopeful about the future for the first time.

Amy met with her program navigator to explore her options. She explained her story and her deeply-rooted desire to help others in her situation. Her navigator told her about the newly revamped Community Health Worker (CHW) training program. Amy thought it sounded like a perfect fit, and was eager to begin the next phase of her journey.

Determined to succeed, Amy began Community Health Worker training in January 2019. She received support from the HPOG team throughout, and was immensely grateful. She became a frequent visitor to the ROC-HPOG office, stopping by to update the team on her progress or just to say hello. Amy completed her training in May 2019. The experience was transformative. Amy learned valuable, marketable skills and grew as a person. She was granted early release from probation due to all her hard work and tenacity. She showed that she was dedicated to becoming something more.

After graduation, Amy was eager to put her newfound skills to work. She wanted a job that honored her initial motivations and intention. She landed a community health worker position with MC Collaborative, working in homeless shelters throughout Rochester. She relished the opportunity to give back to the community. Her enthusiasm and dedication to serving others did not go unnoticed. Within two months, Amy received a raise for all her hard work and now makes close to $20 an hour.

Amy knows she has more to offer. She is in the process of becoming a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC). Her dream is to one day open her own homeless shelter for women overcoming addiction. She is also in the process of writing a memoir entitled, Life Does Not Come with a GPS. Her hope is to inspire others to overcome the trials and tribulations in their own lives and find a path to a better future.

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