“I cannot begin to express my gratitude for the opportunity to improve my life as made possible through the SAMHSA scholarship. I have been in active addiction for over 10 years, in and out of recovery, never being able to get it right. I have been homeless, I have ruined relationships, I have disassociated from my family. My disease has brought me to places I never thought I would be and, for a time, I was utterly hopeless. I am happy to say that now I have found a new love for life, my own life, and I am proud to say that I am finally able to see my own potential. Love, optimism, and trust have become a part of my life in a way they never have before. I am grateful beyond words for this new chance, and my circumstances today are a direct result of the kindness and generosity of SAMHSA and The McShin Foundation.
My time at the McShin recovery pod in RSW Regional Jail was a blessing, and I could not have asked for a better learning opportunity during my incarceration. Today, I have the desire to help others. I know that through compassion and empathy, I and many others like me can find a new, more fulfilling way of life. I wish to pay it forward; I wish to help others the way SAMHSA and The McShin Foundation have helped me. I am grateful for my life today and excited about my future. I have found a new belief and a new purpose: to show the same kindness to others that was so generously shown to me.”