RECOVERY by Willie Barnes
RECOVERY by Willie Barnes

RECOVERY
By Willie Barnes 
Recovery is a lifetime, on-going process. It's a commitment for the rest of my life, one day at a time. Recovery is a process of living a new and very different life style. To live a life in recovery I must stay clean and away from bad influences. I have made a commitment to myself to do something everyday with my spirit and faith. I pray to God and ask for strength and guidance.

I attend Narcotics Anonymous (NA) meetings daily. I must also remain totally honest with myself. Recovery has given me the opportunity to renew my spirit. I have lived two lives, a dark past life that carried me to my present life, one filled with hope and motivation. Families are very important in recovery because it's about change. Family is there to support me in my change and give me the extra support I need. If I ignore the needs and desires of my family then I have failed to accept my responsibilities. 

Recovery has become a lifestyle that is everywhere I go and everything I do. It is more than just a lifestyle without drugs; it's a very bright alternative to the hell I lived in the past. Most of us go into recovery hoping to regain what we have lost and I've been fortunate to be given the tools needed to clear the wreckage of my past life. The NA program puts balance in my life, as I am able to share with other ex-addicts. The NA program offers us hope.

We learn new ways of living in recovery and no longer are limited to old ideas. Some of us didn't know how to tell the truth, but we now know the truth, recovery is a better life. Perhaps recovery will also teach us kindness and how to care for one another, a lesson that is needed by everyone. We are very grateful in recovery as long as we take it one step at a time. Relapse is a daily reality and possibility, but with the strength of my commitment to recovery and the power of God's care, I will carry on. I will honor my promise in a partnership with God and myself to continue to pray to God for strength and guidance in my recovery.

During my recovery, I have discovered several important steps such as commitment, family and spiritual guidance. I have learned discipline and to follow rules and directions in hopes of pursuing a better life. In the process of changing my lifestyle, I realize that I must leave my past life behind. Recovery has also provided an active change in my ideas and attitudes. Before recovery, most of my actions and decisions were guided by impulse, but now I make decisions based on reasonable thinking. I see my vision and it is one of commitment, hope and a better life. One day at a time, for the rest of my life.

Tutor: Mary Nunn 

April 25, 2016
Naomi's Nest, Highland Park Detroit Success Story
Naomi's Nest, Highland Park Detroit Success Story

"When I was 16 years old I dropped out of school and developed an addiction.  I started drinking and doing pills....With the help of my instructor Ms. Donna Glanton, after 115 hours of GED class I have successfully passed all of the “Michigan Education Library’s” online practice GED tests and, according to the results, I am now adequately prepared to pass the GED exam."

December 18, 2013
Another GED Graduate!
Another GED Graduate!

Another GED Graduate!

October 11, 2013
More Struggles and Pain
More Struggles and Pain

More recent GED grades!

April 25, 2013
Struggles and Pain
Struggles and Pain

These ladies worked very hard to pass the GED test. In spite of unfortunate events that occured at the center during this time, they 
kept their focus. They came to class and buried themselves in their work. They were determined to pass and their hard work paid off.

April 24, 2013
April Graduate from DLC's GED Program
April Graduate from DLC's GED Program

April Graduate from DLC's GED Program

July 31, 2011
Detroit Reads Alumnus Success Story
Detroit Reads Alumnus Success Story

Willie White is another DLC success story and Detroit Reads alumnus.

July 31, 2011
Words from the Center Director SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden
Words from the Center Director  SHAR East, by Cheryl A. Olden

Words from the Center Director SHAR East
Self-Help Addiction Rehabilitation SHAR East (Women and Children) 
On site Literacy and Computer Services 

Thanks to the Detroit Literacy Coalition 

June 30, 2011
Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends
Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends

Illiteracy: The Battle That Never Ends


Interview by Ron Baines, DLC literacy tutor and WSU/Interdisciplinary Studies alumnus

June 10, 2011
Special Thank You from John W

A special thank you from John W to Karen of the SHAR House.

June 3, 2011
RECOVERY by Willie Barnes
RECOVERY by Willie Barnes

RECOVERY
By Willie Barnes 
Recovery is a lifetime, on-going process. It's a commitment for the rest of my life, one day at a time.

DLC News Home Highlights
Detroit Literacy Coalition receives Yelp Foundation Grant

Detroit Literacy Coalition receives Yelp Foundation Grant

The Detroit Literacy Coalition (DLC) expresses its heartfelt thanks to all its community supporters and constituents who voted in the YELP Foundation Gives Local grant contest!!! The DLC is so grateful to all of you who voted to help us win the $2000 grant prize.  This grant will go a long way toward the purchase of instructional materials, support of staffing needs and advancement of our goal of a literate Detroit one learner at a time.

Yelp Gives Local!

2016/17 WIOA State of Michigan Award to DLC

The Workforce Development Agency, State of Michigan, Adult Education Department has awarded Detroit Literacy Coalition a grant for 2016/2017 year under the Adult Learning WIOA Core Programs to support adult literacy programs for those in instituionalized settings.  The funds will support women in the Naomi's Nest facility in Highland Park, Michigan and men in the Community Treatment Center East (CTCE). 

VOTE for DLC - a finalist in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest

Subj: Vote for us today in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest

Great news! Detroit Literacy Coalition has been nominated as a finalist in the Yelp Foundation Gives Local grant contest. Now we need our community to vote for us to win a grant of up to $5,000.

Go to yfgiveslocal.org to cast your vote once per day from November 29 to December 9. No personal donation is required to participate in the contest and it only takes a minute.
 
We would so appreciate your support as a grant will allow us to make a change in the life of the educationally disadvantaged in the metro Detroit area. 

 Thank you for your continued support!