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Step by Step
Some of our favorite events at KCRM are graduations. They’re a big deal around here! In fact, we recently celebrated the exciting graduations of Maurice, Chris and Sarah, all residents of KCRM’s recovery programs.
Last month, both Maurice and Chris received his high school diploma at a very special KCRM Academy commencement. Dr. Jerri Sapp, who founded the KCRM Learning Center in 2005 as a volunteer, created the KCRM Academy a few years ago to help residents of the Mission’s recovery programs turn a life-long regret into a wonderful achievement.
Maurice came to KCRM having never completed the fifth grade, but he turned his determination to get clean and sober into a passion to become all he can be. That passion, fueled by his faith in God, has opened doors not only to a high school diploma, but to the restoration of his marriage and plans for college.
Chris came to KCRM after the death of his mother had sent him spiraling into addiction. Here he found the support and love to heal emotionally and to put down strong roots spiritually. Part of his healing was to complete his high school education, and I am sure his mom would be quite proud of him. But Chris isn’t stopping there! He’s already begun classes at a community college to study occupational therapy!
Sarah celebrated a different kind of graduation this past December. The homecoming queen at her high school, Sarah had thrived both academically and socially. But in college, what began as a party pastime turned into an ugly, life-altering addiction.
At her wit’s end, Sarah’s mom found the KCRM Women’s Center in an online search and Sarah agreed to give the program her best. And she has! Sarah completed every step of this comprehensive recovery program and her graduation was a highlight for the Women’s Center. Sarah’s mom is thankful to have her back home: “For the first time in years she is truly sober and happy. I thank God every day for leading us to KCRM!”
The word graduation comes from a Latin word that means to take a step. At KCRM we recognize that these graduation moments aren’t finish lines, but they are powerful landmarks … they are giant steps into a bright and hopeful future. Not only that, but these celebrations are a spark of hope for other residents who are on similar journeys.
Step by step, men and women at KCRM are breaking free of the chains of past failure and embracing a faith-filled future. And you and I have the joy of cheering them on! Thank you for standing with them and with KCRM.
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