Meet Colby and Olivia: Two St. Mary’s School students who are learning that addiction isn’t as simple as it’s made out to be. These two ladies are spending their junior year volunteering with Healing Transitions Men’s Facility in Raleigh, a rehab facility who offers “innovative peer-based recovery oriented services to homeless and under-served individuals with alcoholismand other drug addictions.” Colby and Olivia served with RYM last spring during St. Mary’s COMPASS week, and Olivia was able to work at Healing Transitions Women’s FacHT-Logo-cmykility one afternoon. Olivia’s eyes
They volunteered regularly twice a week for months, addressing letters to donors, updating the website, creating a powerpoint to be used for education and promotion, and researching stories of people who have experienced addiction or homelessness. Colby told us that it was through these projects that she learned the most, and that their unique gifts as teenagers were able to shine and most help the facility. She said, “I feel like I’m able to make a difference because… [the staff there] has been trying to get the message across in one way when me and Olivia can come in through a new way and maybe touch more people.” She said she believes that as teenagers they can make a difference because they came in not knowing much about addiction, and can offer a fresh perspective to the staff and other people their age.
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