Graduates of Epiphany’s Recovery Program Begin Better, Brighter Lives
February 3, 2015
On January 29, 2015, Epiphany Center staff, clients, family, and friends came together to honor eight very special women who graduated from the agency’s life-changing recovery program. Prior to coming to Epiphany, the women, many of them mothers were struggling with addiction, homelessness, abuse, and poverty.
“When I walked through those doors, I chose to live instead of die,” recalled a teary-eared participant. “The program was the hardest and the best thing I’ve ever done!”
The beautiful ceremony opened with royal blue cap and gown-clad women walking single-file into a sun-lit room packed with waiting family, friends, and other well-wishers. Epiphany Executive Director Sister Estela Morales congratulated the graduates and thanked friends and family, “for supporting these courageous women as they embark on what is truly the beginning of their recovery.”
Each graduate received a framed certificate of completion, a recovery medallion, and an inspirational book from Adult Services Program Director, Suzi Desmond and Residential Coordinators, Toshia Webster and Deborah Hodges. They also received gift cards from longtime agency supporters, the Ladies of Charity. Many graduates are already enrolled at San Francisco’s City College and training for promising new careers in the community.
Founded in 1852 as Mount St. Joseph St. Elizabeth by the Daughters of Charity to care for the city’s orphans, the agency continues today to embrace the hurt, the lost, and the lonely, providing them with the opportunity to transform their lives. Rather than simply granting the basic necessities, Epiphany’s recovery treatment, vocational skills program, healthy cooking classes, and mental health clinic allow at-risk women to take life by the reins and create the change they desire.
Each graduate had the opportunity to share something of their story that gave a glimpse of their struggles and victories. Affirmations from family members and friends spoke to the tremendous effect on the community when a woman chooses recovery, chooses life. In the words of one of the women, “Our recoveries were never just about us, but about everyone – our friends and family – who love us.”
The graduation ceremony closed with the Serenity Prayer, followed by a candle lighting, reflecting Epiphany’s mission to bring God’s light, healing, and wholeness to women and children.
“It’s been a very long and amazing journey,” said a smiling graduate. “And, I would never give up that journey because it made me into the strong woman I am today.”
Epiphany Center applauds these exemplary women for their hard work, persistence, and willingness to turn their lives around for the better.
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