Through Mary’s journey to recovery, she found a second home at Association House. As a Humboldt Park resident, she was familiar with the organization but never visited until she was referred after receiving a DUI.

Mary was welcomed to Association House by a staff member, who was also a personal friend. He led her through a drug and alcohol evaluation, and introduced her to the Visions program and eventually After Care. She approached her recovery with openness and often shared her story with other participants. Because of her active participation, she was eventually asked to lead the meeting, which was followed by an invitation to join the Association House staff. Mary began with Association House as a Recovery Coach, utilizing skills that she had from a previous recovery organization.

Mary had volunteered across the city but was seeking an organization to contribute to in her home neighborhood of Humboldt Park, making Association House a perfect fit. She now works on the ACT team as a Community Support Specialist. In her role, she does home visits for multiple clients, ensuring their safety, hygiene and in the scheduling and attendance of their appointments.

The road for Mary is now focused on continuing her education to continue aiding Association House participants. She is currently enrolled at North Eastern University in the University Without Walls program to receive her Bachelor’s in Behavioral Health. From there, she has ambitions to get her Master’s degree and eventually become a Licensed Social Worker.