On Thursday, Oct. 21, Family & Children’s Services’ Women in Recovery (WIR) held a virtual graduation for Class 34.
Ten graduates, who collectively struggled in their addiction for 176 years prior to WIR, proudly told their stories reflecting their path to recovery, WIR’s staff dedication, the support of the courts, volunteers and partners. Because of their completion of the program, 46 years of potential incarceration were avoided. Seven graduates initially faced up to life in prison.
The graduates are mothers and grandmothers to 24 children and 10 grandchildren. Thanks to WIR’s family support program, all of them have been reunited with their children.
Every graduate is employed. Two women participated in the GED program and are scheduled to test in the upcoming weeks.
The ceremony was held at Union High School Collegiate Academy Building and shown via Zoom with WIR staff socially distanced to cheer and offer support through a small live audience.