I graduated high school in May of 1973 and joined my husband Vick at his first duty assignment in Columbus, Mississippi. We did a three year tour in England and arrived in Alamogordo, New Mexico in January of 1982. During these years, we had three girls and two grandsons.

My husband and I drank very heavily and we came into recovery through a twelve step program on the same date – April 6, 1998. Since that time, I have been very active in that program, both at the local and state level. I have sponsored other women in the program and have helped many women through the steps, both from the local groups as well as the New Life Recovery Center here in Alamogordo.

In 2006, my husband was selected to serve on the Board of Directors at the House of Hope, a men’s sober living home here in Alamogordo. I was instrumental in fundraisers and in setting the home up. After the home opened in 2006, I began my service to the men that graduated by organizing the graduations and baking cakes for the graduates. In 2008, my husband became the manager of the House of Hope, and my dedication to the cause increased. Today we serve 29 men in their recovery at the facility, with approximately 465 graduates to date. My dedication to those in recovery, both male and female, has become my cause.

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