My name is Raeford Williams. I’m at Healing Transitions. What I do is the same thing that was done to me when I came through.
I came through because I was raised in pretty much an alcoholic family. Both parents were alcoholic. I grew up early age drinking, and alcohol had carried me to the point where I was homeless, broke the law, and I wind up getting the RPD to carry me in to the Healing Place at the time, but now it’s Healing Transitions.
When I got there, there were guys that I knew, that I even got high with, that I didn’t know where they were. And when I got there, that’s where they were, and I saw the glow on their face and how great they were doing. And, you know, they was walking the walk. That’s what got me started when I got there — it was watching all the people.
Once I finished the program, Chris Budnick offered me a job there. So I got a job there, and like I said, I do the same thing that was done to me. I’m top class and finished working in the planning room and came on as a staff member.
If you’re not really walking the walk, you could do more damage to a person than you could in helping them. And there’s a lot of places that turn people away. Now at Healing Transitions we don’t turn anybody away. We’ll get a whole crowd. We’re going to take you in. We’re going to help you.
See more from the People Matter series here.