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Sharing OUR STORIES of Recovery & Success!

We share OUR STORIES to inspire, encourage, and motivate others to know that Brighter & Better Tomorrows are possible for ALL of US!


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Meet Olinda Ricard-Hodge

Entrepreneur, Suicide Prevention Trainer, Speaker and Advocate

“Mrs. Olinda” Ricard-Hodge is an Entrepreneur, Suicide Prevention Trainer, Certified Peer Specialist-Mental Health (CPS-MH) and Certified Peer Specialist-Parent (CPS-P)  who never imagined that her lived experiences would lead her to work as a member of the Lawrenceville Police Department/View Point Health’s Community Response Team.

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Meet Charisse Parker

Recovery Advocate

She Believed She Could, So She Did


My story is one that is still ongoing. It is still being written every day.  As I look back over the past 45 years, I think about where I've been, where I am now, and where I'm going. I also think about who I was, who I am now, and who I am growing to be. 

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Meet Candis Y. McDow

Author, Poet, Freelance Writer, and

Mental Health Advocate.

Candis Y. McDow is an author, poet, freelance writer, and mental health advocate. Her mental health journey of recovery began in October 2014, only two months after experiencing the most terrifying experiences of her life. 

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Sonja Felton

Entrepreneur, Speaker and Advocate

Sonja Felton faced many intellectual, mental, and physical health issues herself. She overcame many obstacles along her journey and recognized the resilience in herself needed to thrive and achieve overall wellness. Because of her experience and perseverance, she developed an interest in sparking HOPE in others like her.

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