|Freddie works with a classmate, Carlita, who happens|
to be an employee at our Mulumba House,
where Freddie resides!
Freddie heads back to school on Monday at The Catholic University of America. It's an important semester.
"I just got all of my textbooks," he said. "I'm taking biology, psychology, Old Testament studies, and an introduction to human services."
There are also a few credits for which Freddie needs no textbook - an internship at Catholic Charities' Transitional Rehabilitation Program (TRP) at 801 East.
"That's the program that saved me," he said. After struggling with drug problems for years, he broke his addiction in the TRP. The addictions counselors were an immense support system and inspiration to him, and he pledged to pay it forward by becoming an addictions counselor himself.
"At my internship this semester I'll be taking on many of the core functions of a counselor, working under my supervisor, Mr. Kurt Thomas," Freddie said. These duties include conducting orientation for new clients, helping develop their treatment plans, and providing one-on-one counseling.
"I went through this program, and there is no place I'd rather complete my internship hours. I feel like I owe them that much," Freddie said.
|Father John congratulates one of the happy grads|
of our ESOL program.
Please make a Back-to-School Gift to help us do more. You can also leave an encouraging note for Freddie in the comment box below wishing him the best as he takes the next step on his journey.
Want a "refresher course" on Freddie's journey at Catholic Charities? Here's a look back at our post from August of last year!