My involvement with LESC began more than 26 years ago. I had everything to live for, but I struggled with a long history of drug abuse. I was married, had a beautiful child and was an art consultant to some of the most prestigious firms in New York City, but I could not stop drinking and using drugs. As a result, I became homeless and lost everything.
A near-death experience changed my life. After stays in 8 rehabs, I became a resident of Long Stay, where I got clean and have remained drug-free. If it wasn’t for the Lower Eastside Service Center, I don’t think I’d be alive today. I have since been invited to become a member of the Board of Trustees of the LESC, where I proudly served as a Trustee for 12 years and Chairman for 4 years. As Chair, expanded LESC services to create a camp and year-round kids club for children whose families are in recovery. Today I am Vice-President of Marketing and Fundraising for LESC Foundation and speak publicly on behalf of the LESC.
Nothing compares with sharing my experience with those in need in our community. I especially want the people in our programs to know that if I could get clean and sober, so can they. To those who are not sure if there’s a life after drugs, I offer my story in the spirit of providing hope.
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