My husband was addicted; we had two small children. Our son was sickly so I had to be off from work a lot. It was difficult for me to hold down a full time job under those circumstances. I was confused and just didn’t know where to turn. RAP rescued us. RAP allowed the whole family to move into the facility with my husband.
When I came into RAP in 1978, I had no idea of what was possible in and for my life. There, I learned who I was and what my potential was. I learned that I was a blessed woman and through what I was being taught at RAP, began to truly understand my role as a mothers and a wife. Those things were not taught anywhere else.
Rap supported our family while we learned how to live. Boiling it down…RAP allowed me to gain a foundation for my family. It gave us all other options—my children, my husband, and me. At RAP, we grew to understand the barriers we faced in the community, including barriers to decent housing and employment. We learned that we must reach beyond those barriers and were taught how.
One of the other great advantages to being in RAP is that we were given the opportunity to meet and have face-to-face talks with so many incredible people... People like Dr. Alyce Gullattee, Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, and jazz vocalist Betty Carter! We sat in a room with these giants and they talked with us as if they were sharing an evening with old friends. I’ll never forget those times.
Today, I am doing very well. I’m enrolled in Lincoln University and expect to receive my Master’s in Human Services in May of 2007. My daughter, who was eight years old when we were in RAP, is now an assistant Superintendent of Prince George’s County Schools. She was always an outstanding child and continues to do extremely well. Our goal is to one day open a school and work together to give children the kind of support and knowledge of self that we received at RAP. I will be forever thankful that we had RAP as a resource in the community.
To people who may be in despair right now, I would say you have to know that your dream of a better life is attainable. Let your driving force be the realization that you are not alone.
Currently, I work with young men training them to get their GEDs. They then train in automotive and we place them in employment. I love being able to help others as my family was helped to get our life back on track in 1978.