"Then, in April of 2009, I was attacked by a man trying to rob me of my money and my drugs, and I became afraid for the first time. I couldn't support my addiction anymore because I was afraid to go out. I got sober by myself, but after about six days of sobriety, I realized that 24 hours was a long time, and I didn't know how I was going to stay sober. So I picked up the Bible and some papers fell out. They were papers from HopeWorks that had been given me by a lady at church a while before, but I hadn't looked at them till then. I came to HopeWorks in May and told them during the interview: 'If you don't help me, I'm gonna die.' They let me in. The love from my church and from the people at HopeWorks made the difference for me.
"In May, I will graduate from the University of Memphis with a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Human Services. I believe God kept me alive so I could help keep somebody else from going down same path or to help somebody know that if they're there, they don't have to stay there. Once I graduate, I'll be looking for a job in my field. I'm not sure what that will be yet, but I'll be selling myself in a different kind of way then, letting people know what I bring to the table."