In 2014, Sherita was homeless and struggling with alcohol and drug abuse. One rainy night, she recalls, “I cried out to God…in the morning when the sun came up, I made the decision that I needed something better for my life.”
Sherita came to SOME. She entered treatment and completed our 90-day residential addiction treatment program in West Virginia.
When she returned to DC, she entered the SOME Center for Employment Training (SOME CET) medical administrative assistant program.
“Everyone in my family told me that I would never amount to anything. It was time to show them and to show myself that I could do anything with God to strengthen me.”
Sherita excelled at SOME CET, finished at the top of her class and was immediately hired by an ophthalmologist.
“I started work on September 2 as a full-time medical administrative assistant. I took my NHA (National Health Association) certification, and I am now a certified medical administrative assistant.”
Her first day on the job was quickly followed by two more significant milestones. On October 23, Sherita celebrated one year of clean time. On November 2, she moved into SOME’s Chabraja House, one of SOME’s affordable housing programs for single adults.
Most of her neighbors are also in recovery, and she loves living in a positive environment where residents support and want the best for each other.
“Everybody says, ‘You can do this, keep going for it.’ It just feels great…Recovery support means I’m never alone. I always say that ‘NA stands for never alone.'”
Sherita is working to earn her GED and ultimately plans to move into her own place.
She says, “Things have just really been looking up for me.”