Hey everyone, I’m Katie D. I was hired as a peer recovery specialist in May of 2022 and was promoted to Assistant House Manager in December of the same year after receiving my certification from the state. I also have my credential in A.S.I.S.T (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training). One of the most rewarding feelings I receive with my career at Rhonda’s House is giving back the hope & support that once I needed when I felt I had no-one and was alone. My recovery is a very important part of my life, the best part about it is the feeling of freedom and not being stuck in the prison cell of your mind suffocating, thinking there is no way out. Another thing I enjoy about Rhonda’s House is supporting those who are seeking inpatient treatment and those who are determined to get the help that they actually need.

In July 2021 I hit rock bottom, I was lost and knew I needed help, that’s when I put myself into a dual diagnosis/substance treatment center. I felt that I didn’t have anyone to support me. Here at Rhonda’s House, I am able to share my experiences with others to connect with them. I want to inspire people when they come to Rhonda’s House, to shower them with hope & confidence, proving that recovery is possible. When I look back where I was compared to today, the growth and healing that I have experienced and still am is more than I ever dreamed of and I couldn’t be more grateful for that!! One thing that I’ve learned is that we need to forgive ourselves in order to heal and that isn’t always easy. It’s a continuous cycle for the rest of your life that we work on; but it’s so worth it. Be proud of yourself! Love yourself! WE DO & CAN RECOVER!!

When I’m not working I enjoy laughing, making people laugh and truly feel that laughter is the best medicine. I make my home in Dewitt and have 2 boys; Jackson, who is 9 and Charlie who is 6. These two are my world and my biggest motivation/reason to better myself, not just for me, but especially for them. I have my SafeServ license and love to cook. I enjoy all kinds of music from Broadway Musicals to that full on Gansta Rap. In the summer I enjoy being in the sun getting crispy & LOVE the water. I’m the sign of cancer, so I’m a very caring person deep down. I truly believe in enjoying life to the fullest. We only get one chance to live. Life’s a garden……Ya gotta dig it! Keep on keepin’ on!

1 Comment
  • Posted April 23, 2023 11:54 am
    by Chiann LB

    Katie , this is so beautiful girl ! I’m so proud of you! You’ve came so far ! Congratulations to you and your new beautiful life I hope you get everything you want and more ! Keep going!!

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